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Girls lacross: Offense amps up

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Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Goals were being scored in bunches last week at Irish Stadium.

The Rosemount girls lacrosse team scored a program-record 25 goals in a 25-24 nail-biter last Tuesday against former co-op partner Eagan, and then watched as visiting Lakeville North rang up 22 goals in a 22-11 loss under the lights on Thursday night. The Irish take a 7-4 record into their final two games of the regular season this week against Lakeville South and Bloomington Kennedy.

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The Irish trailed Eagan by six early in the second half and 23-20 with five minutes to play before rallying. Cassie Miller scored the game-winner, her eighth goal of the game, with five seconds left to complete the comeback. It was the 17th goal in the final 10 minutes of regulation and gave the home team a 14-12 edge in the second half.

The Irish were the first winners of a new traveling trophy that will go to the winner of the annual meeting between the two schools.

"Needless to say, playing defense was a difficult task for both teams," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. "It was the first game that the two schools played against each other since splitting from the Wild Irish cooperative program after the 2011 season. There was lots of emotion heading into the game as it was pretty strange seeing so many players that were once teammates now as opponents."

Maddie Johnson and Shaniah Johnson backed Miller's big night, each scoring six goals. Meghan Tuccitto added a season-high four goals and Bethann Dugstad scored once.

Goaltender Charley Belden stopped nine Eagan shots.

The Irish led 6-4 midway through the first half before third-ranked Lakeville North pulled away with five goals in a three-minute span to build a 14-7 halftime advantage.

The Panthers doubled up the Irish again in the second half, 8-4.

"They showed us why they are ranked so highly," Smith said. "We played the first 12 minutes of the first half nearly flawlessly and according to our game plan up to that 6-4 lead, but we weren't able to contain them from that point on."

Johnson and Anderson led the Irish with five goals apiece. Miller added a goal and two assists.

Alexis Raeth was back in goal and stopped 10 shots.

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