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Boys lacrosse: 'No quit' in eighth-ranked Irish

The Rosemount boys lacrosse team has developed a knack for winning close games this season.

Last Thursday the Irish overcame a three-goal, fourth quarter deficit to defeat ninth-ranked Lakeville North 8-7 in overtime at Irish Stadium. It was the 7-2 team’s fourth one-goal victory of the season.

“We find a way to come out with the W in the end. These guys don’t know the meaning of the word quit,” Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. “You can’t sleep on Rosemount. If you have a lead in the first half it’s probably not going to stay there for too long.”

The Irish trailed North 2-1 after a quarter, 4-2 at halftime, 4-3 after three quarters and 7-4 early in the fourth quarter, but never lost confidence, according to Kuehn.

“Our captain Jack Reber came back and told the bench ‘We’ve been here before. We’ve got this,’” Kuehn said. “Our guys just kept clawing back one goal at a time.”

Eric Paget’s goal with four minutes to go finally tied the game back up at 7-7. Both team’s got good looks in the closing minutes, but neither capitalized and the game went to overtime. The Irish finally pulled in front on their second possession of the extra session when Sam Johnson drove toward the goal, drew a double team and passed the ball to Thomas Purfeerst, who tossed the ball into the upper corner of the net for the game-winner.

Purfeerst finished with two goals and two assists. Reber and Chris Giere each scored twice.

Goaltender Landon Merigold finished with nine saves.

“This group of kids hadn’t beaten Lakeville North the last two years, so it was a good feeling,” Kuehn said.

The win completed a regular season sweep of the Lakeville schools as the Irish topped Lakeville South 12-9 two days earlier at Irish Stadium. The game was tied until Bennett Magnuson rang up three straight goals midway through the fourth quarter. Purfeerst provided the assist on all three.

“They found a weakness in their defense and were able to expose it and put us in front by three,” Kuehn said.

In addition to Magnuson’s hat trick, Giere piled up four goals for the Irish. Purfeerst finished with a goal and four assists and Reber added a goal and a pair of assists.

Merigold stopped five Cougar shots.

The Irish, now 7-2 and ranked eighth in the state, hosted Burnsville on Tuesday, May 16. Their four-game homestand continues with a game against Apple Valley on Thursday, May 18. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Irish Stadium.

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