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Girls lacrosse: Lose big, win big

Rosemount’s Maddy Ahrens takes off for open field during the first half of last Thursday’s 17-2 loss to Farmington at Tiger Stadium. The Irish recovered with a 17-1 rout of Hastings on Saturday.

The Rosemount girls lacrosse team was on both sides of a couple of lopsided final scores to start the season.

The Irish fell behind 11-1 by halftime in a season-opening 17-2 loss to Farmington last Thursday at Tiger Stadium. Two days later, the team rebounded with a 17-1 rout of Hastings Saturday at Irish Stadium.

“The players responded well to Thursday night’s defeat with a good practice on Friday, which led to a performance more characteristic and expected of the team,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “The players did a nice job of swarming the Raider ball carriers and forcing turnovers with aggressive defense. Offensively, ball movement was quicker and more effective, evident by the fact that we had eight different goal scorers.”

Samantha Rhody, Meghan Tuccitto, Madi Lubeley and Darby Henjum each scored hat tricks for the Irish. Angela Bodine added two goals and Sydney Narloch, Maggie Moeller and Hailey Franklin each supplied one goal.

Lubeley, Bodine and Narloch each handed out two assists.

“We were more patient in our offensive sets, avoiding forced shots, passes or attacks to the net on several occasions,” Smith said.

It was Farmington’s offense that controlled the ball for the majority of last Thursday’s opener. The Tigers got goals from 11 players and put 41 shots on goaltender Charlie Belden.

“Coming off of two solid scrimmages in which we did a very good job handling the ball and passing while in transition, that style of play didn't appear nearly enough against Farmington,” Smith said. “We seemed to play with tentativeness which led to holding the ball a little too long in transition along with difficulty winning ground balls and defending Farmington's speed and aggressiveness.”

Lubeley and Narloch each scored goals for the Irish. Belden finished with 24 saves.

“Hopefully, overcoming an off night like that as a team will be a valuable building block for the remainder of the season,” Smith said.

The Irish (1-1) hosted Park of Cottage Grove Tuesday and Chaska on Wednesday. They are back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Apple Valley to take on rival Eastview.