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Boys lacrosse: Third-ranked Eagan puts Irish away

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Boys lacrosse: Third-ranked Eagan puts Irish away
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Playing in Section 3 once again meant a tough playoff matchup for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Friday.

The Irish, ranked sixth in the final state rankings, had to go on the road for a semifinal showdown at Eagan and were dealt a 19-15 setback by the third-ranked Wildcats.


The Irish have won 40 regular season games against just 11 losses over the last four seasons, but have yet to make it through a talented Section 3 that includes the likes of Eagan and Eastview, the state's fourth-ranked team, which once again took on the Wildcats in Tuesday's section finals.

"We played very well as a team, we just hit some pipes and had some untimely penalties. All those little things make a big difference," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "We still had a great game. I'm really proud of the boys. This is the best we've ever done against Eagan, a really quality program. We'll look to bounce back from this."

The Wildcats (11-2) trailed 13-12 before outscoring the Irish 7-2 in the final quarter.

Carter Yepsen led the Irish with six goals and two assists. He finished second on the team with 59 points.

Grant VanOverbeke had two goals and a team-high four assists, upping his season point total to 77. Conner Yepsen scored twice and provided three assists to give him 57 points.

Trent Woodcock and Mason Hille added two goals apiece and Mitch Anderson scored once.

Shaun Skrbec played 46 minutes in goal and allowed 18 goals while making 12 saves. Chase Olson had one save in two minutes in net.

VanOverbeke and Olson were part of a seven-member senior class that played their final game for the Irish.

"The seniors played great. They closed out the season really well. I couldn't be more proud of them," Kuehn said. "It was a good match to go out on. We probably had the stands as full as a football game. The support was great -- I think people are starting to recognize us as a quality program."

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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