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Irish boys' lacrosse pulls away from rival Lightning for the win

Senior Samuel Defries sprints up the middle and winds up to take a shot against Eastview. Defries scored a goal in their win. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Junior Evan Lilga marks an Eastview player on defense. The Lightning struggled to get into the middle against the Irish. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

The Rosemount boys' lacrosse team faced its first challenge in South Suburban Conference play last Tuesday night when they hosted rival Eastview at Irish Stadium. The first half was thrilling and the definition of back-and-forth as the game was tied at six apiece entering the second half. However, the Irish managed to pull away in the third quarter and hold on to their lead to win 12-8.

The Irish were led by juniors Noah Berg and Thomas Purfeerst, who combined to score eight of Rosemount's 12 goals. Berg put the Irish on the board first less than a minute into the game and junior Luke Majewski scored not long after. However, Eastview was able to answer both goals to keep the game tied at two. To close out the first quarter, Rosemount scored two-straight goals courtesy of senior Samuel Defries and Berg to lead 4-2 after the end of the first quarter.

Berg scored to start the second quarter and the Lightning responded by scoring four-straight to take a 6-5 advantage before Purfeerst scored his first goal of the game to tie it at six heading into halftime.

The Irish roared out to a fast start in the third quarter, scoring four-straight goals (one by junior Samuel Johnson, two by Purfeerst and one by Berg) and extending their lead to 10-6. Eastview scored to make it 10-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Rosemount scored twice more in the fourth with goals from Johnson and Berg and the Irish held off the Lightning to win 12-8.

Both Berg and Purfeerst had hat tricks, with Berg scoring five goals and Purfeerst three. Johnson added two goals, while Defries and Majewski each had one. One theme that continues to dog Rosemount is penalties, as they received several more against the Lightning. Offensively, the Irish were able to generate consistent scoring chance in the middle of the Eastview defense in front of the goal. On the defensive side, while it was back-and-forth in the first half, they were able to limit inside looks as most of the Lightning's goals came from the wing on longer shots.

Later in the week

Rosemount traveled to Eagan last Thursday for their second and last game of the week. Coming off the high of beating rival Eastview, the Irish had a letdown against the Wildcats, losing 16-4. They scored on goal in the first quarter and three in the second to trail Eagan 6-4 at halftime. However, from there on they were shutout the rest of the game as the Wildcats scored 10 unanswered goals.

Scoring for the Irish were four players with one goal each: junior Bennett Magnuson, Majewski, junior Jack Moran and Purfeerst. The Irish are now 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the South Suburban Conference. This week, they hosted Shakopee on Tuesday, May 8, travel to Lakeville South on Thursday, May 10, and welcome Brainerd on Saturday.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a RiverTown Multimedia sports reporter covering Hastings, Farmington and Rosemount athletics. He graduated from Drake University with a journalism degree in 2014. 

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