Boys lacrosse review: Another breakthrough for Irish
When the season ended for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team, the disappointment of coach Lance Kuehn was easily apparent.
It was a bittersweet moment for the Irish and their coach. The best season in team history had ended earlier than they had hoped.
A few weeks later, Kuehn was able to see the positives a little more clearly.
"Everyone else that talks to me congratulates us on a great season, the best one we've ever had," Kuehn said. "It was the highest scoring, most wins, we beat some teams for the first time. Overall, it was a very successful season and I'm happy with the way it turned out.
"You can't frown upon 10 wins. There's no possible way you can do that."
But even then, one could sense Kuehn was thinking about missed opportunities.
"We wish we would have gone further in the playoffs, but that's what happens sometimes," Kuehn said. "Sometimes things change. You have to adjust. Sometimes the game doesn't go your way."
Kuehn has the best season in team history to provide the positive thoughts and feelings.
Rosemount went 10-5 overall and 6-4 in the Lake Conference. The Irish earned the No. 5 seed and beat Rochester John Marshall 19-5 in the opening round of the section tournament before a 14-8 loss to No. 4 seed Apple Valley in the quarterfinals.
For the first time, Rosemount had two selections to the all-section team. Sophomores Matt Weller and Jake Mortenson earned the honor.
Mortenson was the team's MVP after scoring 24 goals with 11 assists this season. Weller was the team's offensive player of the year after finishing with 49 goals and 13 assists.
Senior Ben Lucius was an all-conference selection along with Weller. Lucius had 19 goals and seven assists.
Senior defenseman Zach Long and senior goaltender Tanner Fandrick joined Mortenson as all-conference honorable mention.
Carter Yepsen had 21 goals and four assists, while Conner Yepsen had 16 goals and five assists. Both Yepsen brothers are just eighth graders.
"Our numbers are growing a little bit, year by year," Kuehn said. "And the guys coming up are more talented every year."