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Girls Lacrosse: Irish win three in a row

After the Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse team beat Apple Valley last week, Wild-Irish coach Angel Bodine couldn't wait to share the news.

Bodine was excited to call her father. She wasn't expecting to get to share the latest news, at least not so soon this year.

Last week, Rosemount-Eagan won a game for the first time in team history. The Wild-Irish then won three games in a row.

"I could never imagine," Bodine said. "I don't want to say surprise. You never want to say that. We were elated to get that Apple Valley win. Two wins and these girls kept their composure. That was so key. They didn't get cocky.

"That's what I was afraid of. I am so proud of them, they came out, played so hard. We won Monday night and every game they came out just like any other game."

Last week, Rosemount-Eagan (3-5) beat Apple Valley, 10-9. On Monday, the Wild-Irish lost 13-10 at Holy Angels. On Tuesday, they lost to Burnsville, 11-8.

Even two losses weren't going to overshadow the steps taken last week.

Against Apple Valley, Simone Haugen scored six goals. Steph LaVictoire finished with a pair of goals. Abi Rodstein and Amber Hawk each had a goal.

Haugen added two assists. LaVictoire had one assist.

Kara Clark made 16 saves in goal.

"We played so well," Bodine said. "We played great defense. We passed the ball around, hitting every touch, hitting every girl that was open."

Holy Angels went into halftime leading Rosemount-Eagan last week, 8-3. But the Wild-Irish finished the game strong in the 13-10 loss.

"We walked away proud of ourselves," Bodine said. "Holy Angels is a great team with a great bunch of athletes. But, we really felt like we learned a lot in that game."

Haugen had four goals. Rodstein, Hannah Mothershead, and Cassie Miller added two goals a piece.

Against Burnsville, Haugen kept her scoring streak going with six goals. Rodstein and Jordan McCorkell each had a goal.

"It was very emotional for the girls," Bodine said. "Playing your rival, it was a tough loss for them. But, they never stopped trying. Its just that sometimes it doesn't go your way."