Boys lacrosse: After bye, Rosemount advances past Mayo, 10-7Lindberg and Van Overbeke each scored three goals for the Irish
By: Brian Hall, Rosemount Town Pages
Having a first-round bye for the Section 3 tournament was the reward for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team’s 12-1 regular season.
It was the first time the Irish had earned a bye in the playoffs. They weren’t used to having a week off at the end of the season.
When Rosemount got back to action, it ousted Rochester Mayo 10-7 to make it to this week’s finals. But Irish coach Lance Kuehn didn’t feel his team was as sharp as it was to end the regular season.
“I think being as we had a week off of playing, we had some issues,” Kuehn said. “We had three practices, but practices can be a little old at this part of the season. Going on I would like to make sure we don’t overlook teams. Even though we were the (No. 1 seed) and they were eight, they were one of the only teams to have a lead on us at half. They make it difficult on us. We have to make sure we play our game. It was frustrating to see.”
Each of the top four seeds advanced to this week’s semifinals. Rosemount hosted No. 4 seed Burnsville this week looking for a trip to Friday’s section finals. The Irish beat the Blaze 13-11 in the second game of the season.
Results of Wednesday’s semifinal were not available at press time. Go to www.rosemounttownpages.com to see if the Irish advanced.
Rochester Mayo was the only team to hold Rosemount under double-digit scoring during the regular season and made it difficult last week.
The Irish scored three times in the first period to take a 3-1 and led 6-4 at halftime.
Logan Lindberg scored three goals and had two assists. Grant Van Overbeke tallied three goals.
Matt Weller finished with two goals and an assist, while Jake Mortenson scored once and passed out three assists.
Carter Yepsen added a goal. Chris Peterson had one assist.
“We only had seven assists,” Kuehn said. “Typically we have more. Typically we have more goals. (Rochester Mayo) is good at keeping us at or below 10. It was the second time they did that.”
Kuehn is looking for more teamwork as Rosemount advances in the playoffs.
“We talked about individuals playing well together,” Kuehn said. “We need both sides playing well with each other. No one can do it themselves. We need the whole group to win. It’s a whole team thing.”
Chase Olson made five saves in goal for Rosemount, which led 5-1 at one point.
“We kind of had lapses there,” Kuehn said. “We have to play all the way through.”