Girls lacrosse: Wild Irish keep momentum
At this point of the season, the Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse team might be surprising just about any follower of Minnesota high school girls lacrosse.
The struggles of the Wild Irish in past seasons are well known. This year's squad is quickly putting the history in the past.
Rosemount-Eagan (6-1, 4-1 Lake) recovered from the first loss of the season to post two more wins last week. The six wins already eclipse a season high for victories in the program.
The Wild Irish beat Bloomington Jefferson 12-10 and Burnsville 16-13 last week.
With each successive victory, first-year coach Jeff Smith is more impressed.
"This was by far our most complete game of the season," Smith said of the Jefferson victory. "We got off to a good start, played solid defense and continued to play very well on the offensive end against a very good Jefferson team for the entire 50 minutes."
Simone Haugen had seven goals and one assist to lead the offensive attack.
Cassie Miller added four goals and Abi Rodstein scored once. Hannah Mothershead tallied three assists, while Steph LaVictoire assisted on two goals and Taylor Budge had one assist.
Goaltender Kelli Breiter stopped 23 shots.
Haugen scored seven more goals against Burnsville.
Miller had three goals. LaVictoire, Jordan McCorkell, Mothershead, Rodstein, Lisa Crow and Maddie Johnson each scored once.
Budge and McCorkell each had three assists. Mothershead had one assist, while Breiter made 22 saves.
The Wild Irish led 10-1 in the first half and 14-8 in the second half.
"Burnsville kept battling and giving us a test, narrowing both big leads," Smith said. "With tough conference games in the next two weeks, we hopefully learned that Lake games are always going to last 50 minutes."
It's nothing new for Haugen to lead the Wild Irish in scoring.
Yet the Eagan sophomore is in new territory these days.
Entering this week, Haugen had 44 goals and six assists. The 44 goals and 50 points are the top marks in the state in each category.