Boys lacrosse: With section play ahead, Rosemount has Eagan on its mind
The Rosemount boys lacrosse team has a rematch with second-ranked Eagan on its mind.
After losing to the Wildcats 15-8 just over two weeks ago, the sixth-ranked Irish reeled off four straight victories to close out a 10-3 regular season. They earned the No. 3 seed in the section tournament and now need two more wins to earn a rematch with Eagan in next week's section semifinals.
"It's nice to be on the upswing heading into the section tournament. We had some very close defeats bring us down and then some blowouts that didn't really help," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "Now we have to take care of business to get back to Eagan. We haven't ever beaten them and we're looking to upset them one of these times. We know the mistakes we made in the regular season, and we were down two players due to injury that are back. We think we can give them a run for their money this time around."
First the Irish had to get through their opening-round home game against 14-seeded Hastings Wednesday night at Irish Stadium. A victory there would likely match them up against a No. 6-seeded Burnsville team they defeated 18-9 on the road earlier this season.
"We haven't played Hastings since they were a club team," Kuehn said. "It should be a good tune-up game as we get into this."
The Irish extended their streak of 10-win regular seasons by defeating Rochester Mayo 10-7 in last Friday's finale in Rochester.
Carter Yepsen scored two goals and dished out four assists for a team-high six points. Grant VanOverbeke and Jake Mortenson each tossed in a pair of goals, as well, and Conner Yepsen, Trent Woodcock and Sam Richardville each scored one goal.
Chase Olson played all 48 minutes in goal and stopped six Mayo shots.
Yepsen scored a team-high five goals in a 16-4 rout of Bloomington Kennedy last Thursday in Bloomington.
VanOverbeke added a hat trick and two assists and Matt Weller scored one goal and had three assists.
Chris Peterson tacked on a pair of goals and Woodcock, Richardville and Conner Yepsen each scored once.
Olson stopped 10 Kennedy shots.