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Boys lacrosse: Lakers hand Irish first loss

Rosemount’s Mason Hille tries to get around a Prior Lake defender during Friday’s game at the Savage Sports Center.

Rosemount’s stay at the top of the state rankings did not last long.

The Irish traveled to the Savage Sports Center Friday and were unseated by previously fourth-ranked Prior Lake, which used a fast start and a hot goaltender to hang on for a 12-10 victory. The win moved the 7-0 Lakers up to first in the state rankings, while the 4-1 Irish slipped to second.

“They were a pretty tough matchup. I would say of the teams we’ve played they have the best goalie. He’s one of the best in the state of Minnesota,” Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. “Between the goalie and their athletic midfielders, they were quite a bit of a challenge.”

The Irish also struggled with penalties. They committed 10 to Prior Lake’s two, meaning they played 20 minutes at a man disadvantage. The Lakers capitalized and built a 6-2 lead by halftime.

“When you’re playing 20 minutes with one less guy, it’s tough to win,” Kuehn said. “In the second half we came out and dominated. If there would have been five more minutes, we would have won. The momentum was with us, we just came out to flat-footed in the first half.”

Senior Conner Yepsen led the Irish with four goals. He’s now second in the state with 29 points in just five games.

Mason Hille added two goals and two assists. David Blanco, Simon Hatlen, Trent Woodcock and Matt Johnson each scored once.

Goaltender Shaun Skrbec stopped seven Prior Lake shots.