Boys lacrosse: Irish lose first of season
When the Rosemount boys lacrosse team opened the season with a pair of blowout non-conference victories, coach Lance Kuehn knew there would be tougher games ahead.
The Irish followed with two more wins in conference play, but Kuehn knew the tougher portion of the schedule was right around the corner.
It started last week as Rosemount lost its first game of the season.
Last week, the Irish beat Lakeville South 17-5 before a 10-5 loss to Burnsville. This week included games against No. 5 ranked Eagan and No. 9 Apple Valley.
"Each of our games is getting tougher and tougher through the season," Kuehn said. "We kept even with Burnsville through the first, but a few second quarter penalties hurt us by giving Burnsville a few goals."
Giving a few goals is a concern if Rosemount (4-1, 2-1 Lake) wants to survive this current stretch. Kuehn also knows that the Irish aren't far off from earning wins against the top competition.
"Our team never let up," Kuehn said of the Burnsville game. "Fourth quarter we scored twice while we were a man down with less guys on the field. The game was a learning experience knowing that every team won't be a walk over like our last games."
Matt Weller scored three goals and Ben Lucius added the other two tallies. Tanner Fandrick made 20 saves in goal for Rosemount.
Kuehn was lamenting the missed opportunities.
"Our team missed a few shots and passes," Kuehn said. "If we would have hit the net a few more times, the game would have been much different."
The Irish didn't miss much against Lakeville South. Rosemount scored 17 goals on 24 shots.
Weller had four goals and one assist. Lucius and Mitch Anderson each had two goals and an assist.
Graham Swanson, Carter Yepsen, and Connor Yepsen each had a pair of goals. Jake Mortenson had a goal and an assist.
Alec Hall scored his first varsity goal and Joe Huelmoeller added another tally. Logan Lindberg had one assist.
Fandrick made eight saves.
"We had a very good team game," Kuehn said. "The game was won by assists and the small stats of clears, faceoffs, and shots. Our margin of victory over Lakeville South grew from last year."