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Rosemount boys' lacrosse holds summer alumni game

Carter Yepsen, a captain from 2014 who went on to play at Robert Morris, takes a long shot on goal. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 6
2014 graduate David Blanco takes a shot while guarded by senior Tom Gallagher. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 6
Senior captain Tom Purfeerst gets in close to the alumni goal guarded by coach Alec Trantanella. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 6
Young Rosemount lacrosse players played a short exhibition during halftime of the alumni game. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 6
The Rosemount alumni team took home the victory over members of the Rosemount High School lacrosse team 9-8 on July 26 in front of over a 100 fans. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 6
Senior captain No. 23 Jack Moran whips a shot during the team's alumni scrimmage. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 6

Alumni scrimmage

The Rosemount Irish high school lacrosse team held their 12th annual alumni scrimmage July 26 against Irish lacrosse alumni spanning the past decade. The game was played at the field complex off of Akron Avenue that was donated by Flint Hills Resources and the alumni took home the victory 9-8. Head coach Lance Kuehn said that the games are always tight between the two groups and he never knows what to expect.

The alumni got off to a fast start before the high schoolers made a come back as the alumni wore down. It was back-and-forth between the teams for much of the second half but the alumni were able to hold off the high school team just long enough. The high school team was made up of players ninth-grade through varsity who are part of the team's summer training program, though Kuehn said they were missing a few players. For the alumni, many of the players went on to play collegiately at all levels, including national championship and NCAA tournament teams.

Half-time entertainment was provided by the Rosemount lacrosse Initiation Program that provides basic instruction for five and six-year-olds as there is no formal league in the state for that age group according to Kuehn.

Post-season awards

Earlier this summer the section runners-up Irish lacrosse team also received its post-season awards. Midfielder Luke Majewski, defenseman Evan Lilga, midfielder Cameron Loberg and attack Thomas Purfeerst were all named All-Conference, while midfielder Jack Moran and defensemen Austin Lentz and Jackson Hahn received All-Conference Honorable Mention honors.

Making the All-Section Team were Purfeerst and Lentz on First Team and Loberg, Lilga, Majewski, Moran and attack Bennett Magnuson on Second Team. Lentz and Purfeerst were both named All-State Honorable Mention. Goalie Landon Merigold and midfielder Sam Johnson earned Academic All-State honors.

Rosemount also handed out team awards. Purfeerst was voted overall and Offensive MVP by his peers, while Hahn was named Defensive MVP. The Irish Award went to goalie Noah Fandrick and Most Improved was Michael Judd.

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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