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Girls lacrosse: No lead is safe

Rosemount captain Sydney Lebeley keeps the ball away from the Farmington defense as she drives to the goal during Friday's 9-8 victory at Tiger Stadium.

Inconsistent play left the Rosemount girls lacrosse team on both sides of a couple of big rallies last week.

The Irish led by five goals in the second half of last Thursday's South Suburban Conference opener against Burnsville, but folded late and ended up losing, 10-9. A night later, the team fell behind 6-1 in the first half at Farmington before staging an improbable comeback and finishing off a 9-8 victory at Tiger Stadium.

"Both games were a tale of two halves. We played very well in one and not as well in the other," Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. "One consistent theme for us in our first four games is that our games are going to give the fans their money's worth."

The Irish (3-1) led Burnsville 9-4 with 14 minutes remaining and were controlling play as well as they had all year, according to Smith. That's when Burnsville responded with a 6-0 run to take a 10-9 lead. Freshman Shaniah Anderson briefly retied the game at 10-10 with her fifth goal of the game at the 1:12 mark, but the Blaze found the net with 19 seconds left to ice the win.

Maddie Johnson backed Anderson with two goals and Sydney Lubeley, Bethann Dugstad, Meghan Tuccitto and Cassie Miller each scored once.

Goaltender Alexis Raeth finished with 10 saves.

The poor second half carried over into Friday's game in Farmington.

"Our team looked like it hadn't recovered from the tough loss the night before. It was 6-1 at halftime and it probably shouldn't have been that close," Smith said.

The Tigers still led 8-6 with 2:49 remaining when Johnston and Tuccitto scored two quick goals to tie it at 8-8 with 1:32 left. Johnson then tossed in the game-winner, her sixth goal of the game, on an assist from Lubeley with two seconds left.

Tuccitto finished with two goals and Anderson scored one goal.