Boys lacrosse: One-goal games go other way
The way head coach Paul Sorensen sees it, his Farmington boys lacrosse team could easily be 7-0.
All four of the Tigers' losses have come by one goal, including both of last week's setbacks. Holy Angels Avenged a one-goal loss a week earlier with an 8-7 triumph over the Tigers last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium, and Hastings defended its home field with a 7-6 win Friday night.
"Both games were there for the taking, but we just came up short both times," Sorensen said. "Attention to detail in close ball games relies on focus on the small things. Again we were hit by the penalty bug."
The Tigers fell behind 7-3 by halftime against Holy Angels before upping the defensive pressure in the second half. Unfortunately, the Stars' lone second-half goal was just enough to give them the victory.
"We focused on team defense in the second half and put the screws on them. We almost came all the way back," Sorensen said.
Mitch Hilton, Michael Thompson, Brendan Berg, Chris Fitzgibbons, Dan Block, Alex Schrafft and Garrett Gunderson each scored goals for the balanced Tigers. Corey Rudrud and Jake Bauman each had two assists.
Goaltender Matt Heinzerling stopped 12 Stars shots over 48 minutes.
Thompson won 10 of 15 face-offs.
Friday's game at Hastings played out in a similar fashion. The Raiders led 3-0 after a quarter before the Tigers charged back to tie the game at 4-4 by halftime. It was still 5-5 heading into the fourth.
"We told the guys it doesn't matter who we are playing, you can't continue to spot them sizeable lead and expect to come back," Sorensen said.
Bauman and Kevin Clifton each scored twice for the visitors. Rudrud and Berg each tacked on single goals.
Bauman and Berg each added a pair of assists and Caleb Hakala had one.
Heinzerling stopped nine shots.
The Tigers hosted Rochester John Marshall for their Senior Night Tuesday and are back on the road tonight at Owatonna. They host home games with St. Cloud Tech and Rochester Mayo on Monday and Tuesday.
"Every test from here on out is tough, but winnable," Sorensen said.