Boys lacrosse: Ranked teams knock off Rosemount
Games against two of the top five teams in the state made for a difficult first week for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team.
The Irish played well in their opener against third-ranked (Class 2A) Eagan last Thursday night in West St. Paul, but came up short in a 17-13 loss to the conference and section rival Wildcats. Two days later, the team traveled to Blaine and got handed a 16-4 pounding by a Bengals team that then vaulted to fourth in state rankings.
"It was a tough start. Both Eagan and Blaine are very good teams with developed programs. We knew it wasn't going to be a cakewalk," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "In the Eagan game we came out with a ton of energy. For 90 percent of the game we played them even and it was really exciting.
"The Blaine game was a different story. We didn't have the intensity or the drive to win. We came out flatfooted and they were on their game."
Blaine led 5-1 by the end of the first quarter and moved ahead 8-1 by halftime.
Conner Yepsen scored a pair of goals for the Irish and David Blanco added a goal.
Goaltender Shaun Skrbec stopped 16 Blaine shots.
Against Eagan, the Irish fell behind 11-7 in the first half before playing the Wlidcats even in the second half.
Conner Yepsen exploded for six goals to lead the offense. Carter Yepsen and Grant VanOverbeke each added hat tricks and Garrick Swanson and Blanco scored single goals.
Swanson and Carter Yepsen each had two assists.
The Irish make their home debut tonight when they take on Prior Lake at Irish Stadium. The game gets under way at 5:30.
"It's still late April and we've only played two games. Not all is lost," Kuehn said. "Sometimes you need to lose a couple to realize what you need to work on and by the playoffs you'll be a much better team."