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Girls lacrosse: Rivalry Week doesn't go Rosemount's way

The Rosemount girls lacrosse team’s latest two losses looked a lot like the previous week’s setback against Park of Cottage Grove.

The Irish fell behind early and battled back to make the score close only to fall short in the second half while dropping a pair of South Suburban Conference road games to Eastview and Eagan last week.

“Both games saw us get into big holes early, have a nice run to get somewhat back in them but just not enough to overcome the initial deficit,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “It's an all too familiar pattern that we are working hard to change as this is a group of players who, when they have played to their capabilities and played as a unit, have competed very well.”

Friday at Eagan, the Irish fell behind 12-7 by halftime in an eventual 19-14 setback. The Wildcats fell behind 1-0, but responded with an 8-0 run to take control.

“This one stung a little more as we have to endure a second year in a row of Eagan winning the Clover-Cat trophy, which goes to the regular season winner between the two teams,” Smith said.

Eagan has won two out of three head-to-head meetings since the schools’ co-op team split at the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Darby Henjum led the Irish with four goals. Madi Lubeley and Sam Rhody each supplied hat tricks and Sydney Narloch scored twice. Maggie Moeller and Meghan Tuccitto each added single goals.

Goaltender Charley Belden saved 12 shots as the Irish slipped to 1-4.

Eastview scored the first seven goals of last Tuesday’s game and played the Irish even the rest of the way in a 16-9 contest in Apple Valley.

“We climbed back into it, getting as close as four behind three different times, but just couldn't overcome the initial deficit,” Smith said.

Henjum and Angela Bodine paced the visitors with two goals apiece. Narloch, Lubeley, Rhody, Tuccitto and Hailey Franklin each scored once. Narloch also supplied two assists.

Belden once again finished with a dozen saves.

The Irish are back in action this week with games against defending state runners-up Lakeville South and Prior Lake.

“Ball control, especially off of ground balls and draws, along with cutting down the goals against are the points of emphasis as we head into two very challenging games,” Smith said.