Girls lacrosse: First-ever section victory
There have been many firsts this season for the Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse team, yet none of them might have been as surprising or pleasing as what took place on Monday night.
The Wild Irish set a new team record for wins while finishing above .500 for the first time in team history. Along the way, they also set scoring records and posted their first wins against several conference teams.
After beating Park 16-9 and Cretin-Derham Hall 16-12 last week, Rosemount-Eagan finished with a 10-3 record and earned the No. 3 seed in the section tournament.
Monday might have been the most impressive first. In the opening round of the section tournament, the Wild Irish beat Rochester Century 16-2 to win the first playoff game in team history.
"It's just been a terrific season," coach Jeff Smith said. "The girls have experienced a lot of firsts.
"The team chemistry has been dynamite. It's been a big factor in how successful they've been."
Rosemount-Eagan played Rochester John Marshall this week at Eagan. Results were not available at press time. With another victory, the Wild Irish would face the winner of No. 2 seed Lakeville North and No. 10 Burnsville on June 1.
Nine players scored goals for the Wild Irish against Rochester Century Monday.
Simone Haugen had seven goals and two assists. Cassie Miller and Taylor Budge each had three goals and an assist.
Jordan McCorkell had a goal and three assists. Steph LaVictoire had a goal and an assist. Hannah Mothershead, Kourtney Mitchell, Maddie Johnson, and Kailey Hughes also scored goals.
"They were pretty excited," Smith said. "It was our first section win and some of these girls have been with the program for four years."
Rosemount-Eagan wrapped up its best-ever regular season with the 16-12 win against Cretin-Derham Hall.
Haugen had five goals and one assist. Budge scored four goals, while McCorkell finished with four goals and an assist.
Miller had two goals and an assist. LaVictoire ended with a goal and assist. Kelli Breiter made 16 saves in goal for Rosemount-Eagan.
"We knew it was going to be a good matchup," Smith said. "It was a good prep game for us going into the playoffs. It was back and forth too.
"We kind of squeaked one out there."
And it wasn't the first time.