Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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The last couple of weeks have been the calm before the storm for the Rosemount boys lacrosse team. The Irish, ranked sixth in the state, have built up a four-game winning streak with games that ended up 18-9, 16-2, 17-4 and 13-8 since dropping a 13-12 thriller on the road at No. 2 Minnetonka three weeks ago. Head coach Lance Kuehn knows his team now has to switch gears as it takes on No. 3 Eastview, Apple Valley and No. 1 Eagan in an eight-day span that began Tuesday night at Irish Stadium.
Close games have been the norm for the Rosemount girls lacrosse team this spring. The Irish have played seven games so far and all seven have been decided by three or fewer goals. All three of last week's games went down to the wire, starting with a 17-14 home loss to sixth-ranked Bloomington Jefferson. The Irish bounced back with a pair of road victories, knocking off Prior Lake 11-8 on Thursday and St. Louis Park 8-6 on Saturday. Maddie Johnson supplied half the team's offensive output at rainy St. Louis Park, scoring four goals.
A three-run bottom of the fifth inning broke a 4-4 tie and sparked the Rosemount softball team to its third straight win, 7-5, over Eagan Monday night at The Cove. After Eagan plated two runs in the top of the inning, Kia Henk started the bottom of the frame with a single. She scored what turned out to be the winning run on a double by Melissa Seldon.
A dramatic comeback gave way to another disappointing finish for the Rosemount baseball team Monday afternoon. The Irish overcame a 6-0 deficit with six runs in the bottom of the seventh only to have another untimely defensive miscue cost them in a 7-6, nine-inning South Suburban Conference loss to Eagan.
The 39th-annual Jim Sauer Invitational came down to the final lap of the final race Friday night at Irish Stadium. Rosemount junior Jeremy Maccitelli's anchor leg in the 4x400 relay secured fourth place -- and five points -- in the event and gave the Irish just enough to leapfrog past North St.
The Rosemount softball team is struggling offensively, but there are signs things might be starting to turn around. After scoring just two runs in a span of three games -- all losses -- early last week, the Irish plated five runs in the final two innings of a 5-3 win over St. Paul Academy Saturday afternoon.
Coach Chris Swansson couldn't pinpoint exactly what's been the problem for the Rosemount baseball team over the last week. There have been different culprits from game to game during the Irish's five-game losing streak. There were the defensive lapses in Saturday's 14-3 loss to Bloomington Jefferson, the pitching struggles in last Wednesday's 10-0 setback at Lakeville North and, most recently, the lack of timely hitting in a 5-4 loss to Wayzata and a 5-3 home loss Monday against Apple Valley. "To be honest, it's just depended on the game.
A 6-0 run to end the first quarter jump started the sixth-ranked Rosemount boys lacrosse team last Tuesday at Burnsville and helped propel the Irish to back-to-back lopsided victories over South Suburban Conference foes. After disposing of the Blaze, 18-9, the Irish returned home Friday night to roll past Woodbury 16-2 at Irish Stadium. "We got behind Burnsville and were wondering what was going on," Rosemount coach Lance Kuehn said. "Then we settled things down and came out with a better sense of what it means to be a team ...
South Suburban Conference rivals Prior Lake, Eagan and Eastview provided a tough test for the Rosemount girls track team at its home Irish Invitational last Tuesday at Irish Stadium. Those three teams occupied the top three spots in the final team standings (Prior Lake, 155 ½; Eagan, 146 ½; Eastview, 107) and combined to win 10 of the meet's 18 events. Northfield slipped into fourth place with 104 points, leaving the hosts fifth in the eight-team field with 92 points. Freshman Rachel Schow and senior Natalie Busher each won individual events for Rosemount.
Two of the state's premier track teams proved to be a good match for each other Friday night in Wayzata. Rosemount edged the Trojans, last year's Class 2A state runner-up, 73-72 in a rare regular season dual meet. In the dual meet format, relays were winner-take-all, with five points being awarded to the first-place team. In individual events, first place received five points, second place three points and third place one point. Rosemount won nine of the meet's 17 events, including 1-2-3 finishes in the 400-meter dash and shot put.