Boys' Lacrosse: Irish fall in Section 6 championship to Prior Lake
The season came to an end Thursday night for the Rosemount boys' lacrosse team after a rematch with No. 4-ranked Prior Lake. The Irish, who were the No. 1 seed in Section 6, took on the No. 2 Lakers in Edina at the Edina Community Center and fell 11-2. It was round two between the two teams, who played in the last game of the regular season for the Irish, which Rosemount won 6-3. However, this game bore little resemblance to the first game, which was a defensive battle.
The game started slowly and Prior Lake led 1-0 after the first quarter, but then the Lakers blew the game wide open, scoring six goals in the second quarter and leading 7-1 at halftime. Rosemount finally got on the board with under two minutes left in the first half when junior Jack Moran scored.
"They got a couple of goals, and we had only one solid offensive possession in the second quarter, and if you don't have the ball you can't score," head coach Lance Kuehn said about the second quarter when the game started to get away from the Irish. "We threw the ball away quite a bit and we lost our composure a couple times."
Kuehn also said the big-game atmosphere also played a factor.
"It's not being here many times before," he said. "None of these guys were here the last time we were here, they (Prior Lake) were experienced in the big game and it showed. Now we have the experience and so next year we hope to get here again and it will be a different experience for us."
What momentum the Irish gained with their goal to end the half did not carry over as Prior Lake scored the first goal of the second half. Rosemount responded to make it 8-2 off the goal by junior Bennett Magnuson with 7 minutes and 30 seconds left in the third quarter. However, from there the Lakers took control and the final was 11-2.
One bright spot for Rosemount was the play of sophomore goalie Landon Merigold, who despite the 11 goals scored by the Lakers came up with big save after big save.
"He's been a big help this year and an incredible player," Kuehn said. "He's kept us in a lot of games and he had a great season.
The Irish finished the regular season 10-2 and blew out Bloomington Jefferson and the Academy of Holy Angels in the playoffs before their loss to Prior Lake. Rosemount finished the season ranked No. 9 in the state and though they lose some key, senior contributors, they also return much of this year's team.
However, Kuehn said that his team simply has to "do more" to take that next step.
"We have to do more," he said. "We're a gifted team, we're in the top 10 in the state, but to be a finalist and winner, it's going to take more. I think some guys put down their stick the last day and then come back and think we're ready. We just need to do more next year, more stick work, more ground ball work and be better at the game individually."
Those seniors who have graduated are defensemen Jackson Hahn, Michael Judd and Seth Gorman; midfielders Samuel Zeigler, Cameron Loberg and Samuel Defries; and at attack Griffin Jagoe.