The confidence Rosemount boys lacrosse coach Lance Kuehn has in his team showed early this week.
The Irish had three games upcoming this week. Before Rosemount played at Lakeville South Monday, Kuehn said it was an important week.
The coach said it was a week in which they could potentially "win out."
What was missing from the statement, though, was that the Irish lost to Lakeville South last year.
What made Kuehn so confident that his team could beat the Cougars for the first time?
"It was a close game last year, and we have a lot of the same guys who have gotten better," Kuehn said. "We've dramatically improved over last year. That's why I was confident about it."
Each time out, Rosemount (2-3) is proving to its coach that it's better.
Even in losses, the Irish are closing the margins from previous years.
Rosemount lost 19-11 at Bloomington Jefferson and 11-2 at home against Eastview. The Irish then beat Lakeville South, 6-2, on Monday.
Phillips McDonald had two goals against the Cougars. Matt Weller scored the first two varsity goals of his career.
Bjorn Nilsen scored, and Dylan Rutten had a goal and assist.
Sam Bishop added an assist, while goaltender Danny Long saved 10 shots.
"We don't score many goals, but we keep other teams low on goals," Kuehn said. "Some of the key things we did worked out. We got more groundballs, more shots, our clears were successful."
Meanwhile, Jefferson is a perennial top-10 team in the state, and it's the first time Rosemount has scored in double digits against the Jaguars. The 11 goals were more than the Irish had scored in the last two years combined.
Ben Lucius had six goals and an assist. Nilsen scored two goals. McDonald, Sean Kelly and Jake Mortenson each scored a goal.
Last year, it was a 17-goal differential against Eastview. This year that number was cut in half.
Lucius and Rutten scored for the Irish against the No. 3-ranked Lightning.