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Girls lacrosse: Wild Irish recover from first loss to beat rival Eastview

The Rosemount-Eagan girls lacrosse team opened its season with three straight wins.

New coach Jeff Smith had only known victory before last week. What the coach didn't know was how his team would respond to a loss.

The Wild Irish won three straight games during the middle portion of the season last year. They didn't win another game.

Rosemount-Eagan made sure that wouldn't happen again, and Smith got his answer on his team would respond to a loss.

After a 21-13 loss at Bloomington Kennedy last week, the Wild Irish (4-1, 2-1 Lake) recovered for an 11-10 win against Eastview on Saturday.

"I was concerned about how our team would respond after the tough loss to Kennedy," Smith said. "The team played as well as they have all season against a tough conference rival.

"I was proud of how the players kept their composure throughout a tight, competitive and rough game, something we stressed we needed to learn from the Kennedy game."

Rosemount-Eagan trailed 2-0 early and 8-5 at halftime. From there it was all Wild Irish as Eastview only scored twice on five shots in the second half.

Simone Haugen scored four goals and had two assists for Rosemount-Eagan. Steph LaVictoire had three goals and an assist. Jordan McCorkell added two goals and two assists.

Hannah Mothershead scored a goal. Taylor Budge and Abi Rodstein each had single assists. Kelli Breiter made 14 saves.

"While concerned about how we have gotten behind so quickly the past three games, our team knows that two or three goals is not a lot for us to overcome," Smith said. "If our team plays defense as well as it did in the second half, we will be competitive with any team we face."

In the loss to No. 6 Bloomington Kennedy, Cassie Miller led the way offensively with six goals and one assist.

Haugen added four goals and an assist, while McCorkell, Rodstein and Mothershead each scored once.