Girls lacrosse: Rosemount runs past Rockets
A better defensive effort was a main goal for the Rosemount girls lacrosse team heading into Monday's Section 3 playoff game against Rochester John Marshall.
It's easy to see why, considering the Irish allowed their four highest goal totals - 17, 19, 22 and 24 - in the final four games of the regular season. Things looked to be heading in that direction again as the 13th-seeded Rockets took a 10-7 lead early in the second half, but the Irish defense buckled down and surrendered just four goals the rest of the way as the home team rallied to take a 15-14 thriller under the lights at Irish Stadium.
"They had six players who could be considered goal scorers and our primary goal for the game was to improve our team defense from the previous few games," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said.
Sydney Lubeley led the defense early on with two interceptions in the first half. Anna Adrian and Allison Karrmann won some key ground balls in the second half and Jourdyn Kendrick and Sydney Narloch broke up some passes late that kept the Rockets at bay.
Meanwhile, the Irish offense kept chipping away. A 10-7 deficit turned into a 13-10 lead thanks to a run of six straight goals and Cassie Miller's fourth goal made it 15-12 with 11:17 to go.
Maddie Johnson scored a team-high five goals, giving her 72 on the season. Shaniah Anderson turned in a hat trick, giving her 45 goals this season, and Miller's four scores bumped her up to 42.
Angela Bodine added two goals and an assist and Madi Lubeley scored once.
Alexis Raeth went the distance in goal and stopped five of 19 John Marshall shots.
The Irish (9-5) advanced to face fifth-seeded Park of Cottage Grove back at Irish Stadium Wednesday night. They won the first match 13-11 in overtime.
"It doesn't get any easier," Smith said. "They have played very well lately and will be a big challenge for our team, one that we look forward to, though."
Another close one
Close games have been the norm for the Irish this season.
They have played in four games decided by a single goal, two decided by two goals, three decided by three goals and three more decided by four goals. The only one of their 14 games decided by more than that was a 22-11 loss to Lakeville North on May 10.
Around the bracket
The lower seed advanced in all eight Section 3 opening-round games Monday. The other Remaining matchups are No. 1 North vs. No. 8 Burnsville, No. 2 Apple Valley vs. No. 7 South and No. 3 Jefferson vs. No. 6 Farmington.