Girls lacrosse: Park pulls away
Rosemount ran into a scorching Park of Cottage Grove team in the Section 3 tournament.
The fifth-seeded Wolfpack surged to a seven-goal lead early in the second half and held on for a 12-8 victory last Wednesday at Irish Stadium. It was their 10th win in 11 games since starting the season with three straight losses, including an overtime setback to the Irish in the first game of the season.
"The name of the game is ball control and we didn't have enough of it against an opportunistic and hard-working Park team.... They ended up winning more of the on-field battles this time around," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. "When we did have the ball, we turned it over too often limiting our offensive chances which is not good against a solid defensive team including a goalkeeper who is a Ms. Lacrosse finalist and, thus, causing the hole that we dug early in the game."
The Irish trailed 12-5 before holding the Wolfpack scoreless over the final 20 minutes of the game.
"I was happy with fact that we kept them to 12 ... especially since we had given up about 20 goals a game the previous four games," Smith said. "We scored three unanswered in the last nine minutes, but they created too big of an early lead, and we couldn't find a way to get a goal-scoring run to overcome that lead as we had done so many times during the season."
Shaniah Anderson led Rosemount with three goals, giving her 45 on the season. Maddie Johnson and Cassie Miller each finished with a pair of goals. Angela Bodine added one goal and Sydney Lubeley had one assist.
Goaltender Charley Belden stopped 10 shots.
Johnson, who was recently named All-State by the Minnesota Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association, finished the season with a team-leading 69 goals and four assists. Miller added 57 points on 40 goals and 17 assists.
The Irish finished with a 9-6 record in their first solo season after playing several years as a cooperative with Eagan. Miller, Jourdyn Kendrick and Anna Adrian are the only seniors the team will lose after what coach Smith considered a very successful season.
"While disappointed with Park ending our goal of pursuing a state tournament berth, I am very proud of the players and the excellent play for the first season of Rosemount High School girls lacrosse," he said. "Fourteen of the 15 games we played had a goal differential of four or less. Every game was a battle. We had several games that took a lot of perseverance, positive attitude and character to earn a victory. And the close ones we lost were never due to a lack of effort or competitiveness."