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Girls lacrosse: Wild Irish struggle after long layoff

Since beating Park on April 11, the Rosemount/Eagan girls lacrosse team has had some time away from competition.

The Wild Irish were 2-0 and had outscored their opponents 23-14. But then three games were postponed.

Rosemount/Eagan finally got back to competition on Monday, losing 18-7 to Apple Valley.

"Apple Valley came out aggressive and controlled the ball better than we did," Wild Irish coach Jeff Smith said. "We had some opportunities in the offensive end, but weren't able to capitalize. We also created some turnovers when Apple Valley was in our zone, but we weren't consistent enough in getting control of loose balls."

The return to action might have caught Rosemount/Eagan by surprise. And when the opponent is a quality South Suburban Conference foe, the Wild Irish were caught with a loss. It was the first conference game of the season.

With a team still developing, the game was another learning point for Rosemount/Eagan.

"It was a tough lesson for us that we've got to be ready for conference competition and hopefully we learn from that lesson by responding well in our games (this week)," Smith said. "While Apple Valley is a sound team and played well, we are a lot better than we showed (Monday)."

Simone Haugen led the Wild Irish with four goals. Sydney Lubeley, Maddie Johnson and Taylor Budge each scored a goal.

Cassie Miller and Abi Rodstein had assists.

Kate Sullivan made five saves while facing 14 shots and Annie Smith faced eight shots and had four saves.

Rosemount/Eagan is schedule to play at Lakeville North today at 7:30 p.m.