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Girls lacrosse: Irish end skid before falling to Apple Valley

The Rosemount girls lacrosse team got to experience victory one last time before bowing out of the Section 3 tournament.

The Irish entered the tournament on an 11-game losing streak, but took advantage of their opportunity to put an end to it by routing ninth-seeded Hastings 16-4 in the opening round. The prize for the victory was a date with No. 1 seed and third-ranked Apple Valley and the Eagles put an end to Rosemount’s season with an 18-2 win.

“We played a strong game on both ends of the field against Hastings. It did feel good to end the long losing streak and to continue in the tournament welcoming the challenge of taking on the No. 1 seed,” Rosemount coach Jeff Smith said. “We knew going into the game against Apple Valley that we would need to play flawlessly and keep the ball away from them as much as possible.… Despite the big hole we were in, our players stuck together as they have all year.”

Madi Lubeley and Meghan Tuccitto supplied the goals against Apple Valley. Hailey Franklin provided the team’s lone assist.

Goaltender Charley Belden faced an onslaught of 34 shots in 46 minutes and stopped 18 of them.

The loss ended the careers of six seniors who Smith said did a great job leading the team despite some on-field struggles.

“The players supported each other and had each other’s backs especially through the challenges that can arise due to a low number of wins against some of the top teams in the state,” he said. “Some of the most fun practices were at the end of the season which could have easily been the other way around. The character of this group of young women showing that they were willing to stay positive and be each other’s teammates through the course of the season.”

In the win over Hastings, Lubeley and Maggie Moeller each scored hat tricks. Sam Rhody, Tuccitto, Angela Bodine and Maddy Ahrens each found the net twice.

Belden finished with eight saves on 12 shots.