Girls lacrosse: Wild Irish staying consistent during record-setting season
The Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse team has certainly enjoyed a breakthrough season.
Now the Wild Irish hope to keep the run going.
In the final week of the regular season, Rosemount-Eagan has posted a program best in wins. The Wild Irish also haven't allowed themselves to be tripped up after a loss, never losing back-to-back games.
Last week, Rosemount-Eagan beat Holy Angels, 18-8, before a 20-4 loss to top-ranked Eden Prairie a day later.
Coach Jeff Smith certainly is pleased with where his program stands heading into the final week.
"The team played consistently well defensively and offensively which is what we are looking for at this time of the season," Smith said of the Holy Angels victory. "We had five players missing for various reasons, but the team didn't miss a beat despite some players playing different roles than usual."
Thirteen players had a goal or assist for the Wild Irish against Holy Angels, led by Cassie Miller with three goals and three assists.
Hannah Mothershead added three goals, while Taylor Budge finished with two goals and two assists.
Lisa Crow, Steph LaVictoire, Lauren Olson, Hannah O'Donnell, Chelsea Nelson, Maddie Johnson, Kourtney Mitchell and Kailey Hughes each scored goals.
Kelli Breiter stopped 18 shots in goal for Rosemount-Eagan.
Simone Haugen had two goals against Eden Prairie. Miller and Jordan McCorkell each tallied goals.
"The defending state champion and current No. 1 rated team in the state easily handled our team," Smith said. "Our players put in a competitive effort, but EP has excellent ball handling and a potent passing attack. They handled everything we tried against them.
"I was proud of how our players stuck together and competed hard throughout the game despite knowing we had a big deficit to overcome early in the game."