Boys lacrosse: Irish rebound with routs
Rosemount’s first loss of the season may have served as a well-timed wake-up call.
The Irish shook off the 12-10 road setback to Prior Lake that cost them the No. 1 spot in the state rankings by playing to a pair of lopsided victories on their home turf last week. They took control early in a 15-6 rout of No. 11-ranked Apple Valley last Tuesday and were just as dominant at the Irish Dome two days later, rolling to a 15-5 decision over Lakeville South.
“It was a good week. We looked at the Prior Lake game and saw that we made mistakes and decided that we were going to learn from them. A timely loss in the middle of the season can be a good thing. I think that’s what happened to us,” Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. “We looked at what happened, adjusted, and figured out things we need to do again and things not to do again.”
The adjustments keyed a strong defensive effort against Apple Valley. The Irish limited the Eagles to just six goals and 15 shots. The unit was even better against South, allowing just five goals and seven shots.
“We came out against Apple Valley, a good team, and played very well, and against South we did the same thing over again,” Kuehn said. “It was a very good week, a good confidence booster that showed one loss isn’t the end of our season. There are a lot of things we can still do.”
Against Apple Valley, the Irish were paced by the three-headed scoring attack of Conner Yepsen, Carter Yepsen and Luke VanOverbeke. Carter Yepsen scored four goals, VanOverbeke handed out five assists and Conner Yepsen had a hat trick and three assists as the trio combined for 17 points.
Garrick Swanson scored twice and Mason Hille supplied a goal and three assists.Simon Hatlen, David Blanco and Matt Johnson also scored goals.
Goaltender Shaun Skrbec made nine saves. Skrbec needed to make just two saves in Thursday’s lopsided win over South.
Seven players scored goals for the Irish, who improved to 6-1. Carter Yepsen set the pace with four more goals and Swanson and Blanco each earned hat tricks. VanOverbeke scored twice and dished out two assists, Conner Yepsen had a goal and three assists and Hille added two assists.
Hatlen and Woodcock added single goals.
The Irish are back in action this week with a pair of South Suburban Conference games. They traveled to Bloomington to take on fifth-ranked Jefferson on Tuesday and are back home tonight against Kennedy. Jefferson handed No. 1 Prior Lake its first loss of the season last week, so Kuehn is expecting a challenge.
“That will be a big test. It could be for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the section,” he said. “And Kennedy is a well-coached team, so we have to be ready. We really need to lock things up these last two weeks.”