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First-ever win followed by another

In the fledgling years of a new program, wins can often be hard to come by.

No one needs to tell Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse coach Angel Bodine what that is like.

The Wild-Irish went through two winless years heading into the 2009 season.

This week all of the struggles took a backseat to a new feeling -- victory.

It felt so good, Rosemount-Eagan decided to keep the feeling going.

The Wild-Irish (2-3) won the first two games in team history this week. They beat Visitation 14-11 on Monday and came back to post a 10-5 win on Tuesday.

"It's satisfying, exciting, overdue," Bodine said. "These girls deserved it. I am so happy for them. They have worked really hard for it."

Bodine felt her team was different coming into this season. No longer were the coaches having to teach the basic fundamentals.

"It's almost like we tell them what to do at a higher level and they know where to go," Bodine said. "And they play as a team. That is so important. They play so well as a team."

Against Visitation, Simone Haugen scored five goals, Jordan McCorkell added three goals. Abi Rodstein had two goals, and McKenzie Vruno, Cassie Miller, and Katyln Paget each scored once as the Wild-Irish won for the first time in 27 games.

Kara Clark made 14 saves in goal.

The next night, Haugen added five goals, Rodstein had two and Vruno, McCorkell, and Amber Hawk each had one.

"Beating Owatonna was more of an absolute feeling of victory," Bodine said. "You know, Visitation is only in their second year. Owatonna is more like us, I think in their third or fourth year, Tonight felt even better."