Girls Lacrosse: Wild Irish open with back-to-back wins
In his second season as coach for the Rosemount/Eagan girls lacrosse team, Jeff Smith is excited about another potential season of growth for the Wild Irish.
The team returns several members of last year's breakout team, but the coaching staff wondered about how the team's defense would settle in.
Rosemount/Eagan is breaking in a new goaltender and some new defenders.
If the first week was an indication, Smith has a chance to continue the team's year-to-year improvement.
"One of our main concerns was we lost some pretty strong folks on our defensive corps last year and there are some shoes to fill on that end," Smith said. "Kate Sullivan in goal really stepped up and did a nice job for us."
If the Wild Irish can continue scoring double-digits each game, it will make the defense's job easier.
Rosemount/Eagan beat St. Louis Park 12-8 in the opener last week and followed with an 11-6 win against Park on Monday.
Smith has been quick to point out the defense's solid play.
"Jessica Hasslinger, Sydney Lubeley, and Katelyn Paget continued their consistent play around our net and helping hold Park to just six goals," Smith said. "Kate Sullivan has had a very solid start to after two games of her young goaltending career."
Sullivan made 11 saves against Park and stopped 12 shots against St. Louis Park.
Meanwhile, the Wild Irish offense hasn't missed a beat.
Simone Haugen scored five goals in the opener and followed with six goals against Park. Cassie Miller had four goals and two assists in the first game and one goal and four assists in the second contest.
Completing the scoring against St. Louis Park, Taylor Budge, Abi Rodstein and Lisa Crow also had goals.
Crow scored twice against Park. Emma Murray had a goal and Rodstein added a goal and assist.
Maddie Johnson and Budge had assists against Park.
"Maddie Johnson played a very strong game at both ends of the field as a center," Smith said.
Rosemount/Eagan controlled play during the second game, outshooting the Wolfpack 46-17.
The Wild Irish host Rochester Century on Saturday at Rosemount starting at 1 p.m.