Emma Duchscherer of the Irish scores her fourth goal Thursday night. Duchscherer tallied five goals in the Section 6 Championship. The Irish defeated the lakers 13-11 to advance to the state playoffs. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
The last time Rosemount beat Prior Lake in lacrosse was over ten years ago. It was a regular season win on April 26, 2012.
The stakes were much higher tonight, as the two South Suburban Conference foes faced off in the Section 6 championship.
Even with a berth to the state tournament on the line, Rosemount head coach Kelsey Long said that was the secondary goal for the Irish.
“They wanted this win so bad,” Long said.” It wasn’t even about going to state, it was about beating Prior Lake, funny enough, because they hadn’t done it yet and Prior Lake is such a great program. That was the first goal and the second goal was state.”
They were able to knock off both goals simultaneously with a 13-11 victory over the defending state champions.
Sayla Lotsz of Rosemount tallied five goals and two assists in the Section 6 Championship as Rosemount went on to beat Prior Lake 13-11 Thursday night. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
Rosemount defeated Prior Lake 13-11 in a thrilling game on Thursday night to win the Section 6 championship and clinch a spot in the state tournament.
The game started even, as the Lakers held a 2-1 lead after three goals in the span of 2:09 of game time. Megan Sporney opened the scoring for the Lakers (14-2, 7-1), Emma Duchscherer responded for the Irish (11-5, 5-2) and Sadie Chappuis put the Lakers up again. Once Sayla Lotysz tied the game 2-2 with 12:15 left in the half, it started a 10-minute spell of complete dominance by the Irish. They scored seven unanswered goals in under 10 minutes of game time, continually winning faceoffs after each goal and never giving the ball back to the Lakers.
Rachel Ward scored two goals exactly one minute apart near the end of the half to cut the Prior Lake deficit to 8-4. Then Ava Whelan scored 13 seconds later to put the Irish up 9-4 at halftime. The second half saw The Lakers respond in a big way. They scored the first four goals of the half to make it 9-8 with over 17 minutes left. Lotysz scored her hat trick goal to stop the bleeding with just over 12 minutes left in the game.
The teams went back-and-forth from there. Duchscherer scored her fifth goal of the game with 1:50 left to give the Irish a two-goal lead that they wouldn’t lose.
Prior Lake’s Megan Sporney tallied four goal against Rosemount Thursday night in the Lakers 13-11 loss to the Irish in the Section 6 Championship. Photo by Earl J. Ebensteiner, SportsEngine
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