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Girls lacrosse:Irish can't slow down Lakers

An undefeated Prior Lake team that entered averaging 18 goals per game was a difficult matchup for Rosemount last Thursday.

The Irish came in having lost three in a row, including the previous Friday at Eagan when they allowed a then season-high 19 goals to the Wildcats. The defense had another difficult day against the fourth-ranked Lakers in a 22-8 setback at the Savage Sports Center.

“Prior Lake, as is the case with every South Suburban Conference opponent, is very good — one of the top teams this year,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “Even with that score and knowing coming in that they were going to be a big challenge, we felt good about our chances if we could win more ground balls and control the ball with our passing game. Unfortunately, it didn’t materialize the way we had hoped as Prior Lake dominated ball control during the second half to pull away.”

The Irish led 2-0 after the first three minutes, but Prior Lake quickly answered and built a 12-7 lead by halftime.

Darby Henjum led the Irish with a hat trick. Sydney Narloch and Madi Lubeley each scored twice and Meghan Tuccitto had one goal. Hailey Franklin and Hilary Smith each collected two assists.

Emily Peterson made her first varsity start in goal and stopped 12 shots.

The Irish (1-4) hosted unbeaten Apple Valley on Tuesday and are back at Irish Stadium to take on Lakeville South tonight.

“Despite the recent scores, I am confident that the team we have will overcome our recent challenges to play our best lacrosse during the last half of the season,” Smith said. “The players are striving to achieve goals that are still in reach for us.”