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Boys' Lacrosse: Irish advance to section championship game Thursday

The Rosemount Irish boys' lacrosse team takes on rival Prior Lake in the Section 6 championship game to determine who goes on to state. They are led by junior attack Thomas Purfeerst, who has been statistically dominant for the Irish with 46 goals and 29 assists for 75 total points. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia

Rosemount boys' lacrosse is just one game away from the state tournament and their journey so far through sections has been one of dominance. The Irish, the No. 1 seed in Section 6, will play rival and No. 2 Prior Lake in a rematch of the last game of the regular season at the Edina Community Center Thursday night. Rosemount has rolled through their first two games of sections, beating Bloomington Jefferson 11-2 in a rematch of the first game of the regular season, and then last night defeating Academy of Holy Angels 13-6.

Bloomington Jefferson

The Irish only beat Jefferson 9-6 in their first game of the regular season, but head coach Lance Kuehn said his team was much better prepared for the rematch. While in the first game, both teams were still practicing and playing indoors and did not know much about each other, Kuehn said that they were able to scout much more and be prepared for what Jefferson would throw at them.

Rosemount outscored Bloomington 2-1 in the first quarter, 4-0 in the second, 3-1 in the third and 2-0 in the fourth for an 11-2 final. Junior Thomas Purfeerst and senior Sam Defries each had three goals for the Irish, while juniors Noah Berg, Sam Johnson, Luke Majewski and Jack Moran and sophomore Aldeago Palazzo all scored a goal apiece.

Holy Angels

Against Holy Angels, Kuehn said his team took a little while to see what their opponent would give them before settling in. The Irish led 5-4 at halftime but then proceeded to break the game wide open in the second half, outscoring Holy Angels 8-2 in the half on their way to a 13-6 win. Kuehn said they were able to take advantage of Holy Angels' lack of depth by upping the pace and making them run, which exposed their reserves.

Purfeerst exploded for five goals in the game, followed by Majewski with three, Moran and junior Evan Geiwitz for two and sophomore Noah Smith had one.

Looking ahead to Prior Lake

While Kuehn said that they will try to throw some new looks at Prior Lake, it will be good old execution that wins the game for the Irish. He said he believes that if his team plays like they did in their earlier win against the Lakers, they will have a good chance of pulling out the victory and moving on to the state tournament.

The first game between the two teams was a low-scoring affair, with Rosemount holding the Lakers to just three goals for the 6-3 win. They will play at 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday) in Edina at the Edina Community Center- Kuhlmann Stadium. Should they win, they will move on to the state tournament which is June 12-16 in Minnetonka and Chanhassen.

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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