Boys lacrosse: No. 2 Eastview ends Farmington's season
For any but the best few boys lacrosse teams in the state, putting Farmington in the loss column was a challenge this season.
Fitting, then, that it took second-ranked Eastview to knock Farmington out of the Section 3 tournament with a 16-7 victory Friday night in Apple Valley. The second-round loss left the Tigers with a final record of 8-6, by far the best in the program's three years as a sanctioned varsity sport. Those six losses came against teams with a combined record of 57-29.
"We lost to a tough Holy Angels team twice, the No. 2 team in the state in Eastview and the only team that beat Eastview in Lakeville North," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We felt athletically we were right there (against Eastview). We had a few lapses and, like good teams should, they took advantage."
The Lightning led 4-2 after a quarter and slowly pulled away, posting 3-1, 5-2 and 4-2 advantages in the final three quarters.
"The game was much closer than the final score indicated Friday night," Sorensen said. "The team played as a team and truly pulled together. It was great to see."
Trevor Howard led the Tigers with two goals and three assists. He finished as the team's leading point score with 21 goals and 44 assists on the season.
Matt Ackerman and Cory Rudrud each added two goals and Brendon Berg scored one.
Charlie Weierke took the loss in goal, allowing 16 goals while making eight saves.
The loss ended the careers of eight seniors, including captains Ackerman, Howard, Weierke and Mitch Collier. Also playing their final games were Alex Rojesky, John Youngkrantz, Marty Gliva and Carter Daigle.
The Tigers opened Section 3 play by edging visiting Rochester John Marshall 10-9 in their first-ever section playoff home game last Wednesday night at Tiger Stadium.
Berg set a state record in the victory, scoring eight goals on eight shots. Howard and Ackerman each scored once and Chris Fitzgibbons dished out two assists. Jacob Bauman added one assist.
The Tigers led 9-5 heading into the fourth, then had to hang on as the Rockets came roaring back.
"Credit goes to John Marshall, who played hard all 48 minutes. They have a gutty team," Sorensen said. "Our guys on defense stepped up to take on a more physical style, which seemed to help quite a bit."
Weierke finished with three saves.