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Farmington senior captain Trevor Howard runs with the ball during last Tuesday's win over Rochester Century. Howard had five points against Century and six more against East Ridge Thursday before leaving with an injury.

Boys lacrosse: Tigers avenge two more losses

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The Farmington lacrosse team's Revenge Tour 2012 made a couple more stops last week.

The Tigers opened the week by overcoming four man-down goals to score a tightly-contested 8-7 victory over a Rochester Century team they lost to 14-5 a season ago. The team then made the trip to Woodbury Thursday and knocked off an East Ridge team that won last year's meeting, 12-3. That ran the Tigers' winning streak to four games, with all four victories coming against teams they lost to by multiple goals last spring.

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The Tigers (5-1) faced their toughest test yet on Tuesday when they hosted undefeated Holy Angels. The game was made even more difficult by the fact that the team is without two of its on-field leaders and captains as both Mitch Collier and Trevor Howard were lost to major injuries in the last three games. Results from that Missota Conference showdown can be found online at farmingtonindependent.com.

Brendon Berg paced the Tigers at East Ridge with his first hat trick of the season. His nine goals are tied for second on the team with Howard, who found the net twice and handed out four assists before going down. Matt Ackerman leads the team with 13 goals.

Ackerman and Jacob Bauman each scored twice and Alex Schrafft and Kevin Clifton added single goals.

Goaltender Charlie Weierke stopped seven shots for his fifth win of the season.

The Tigers overcame some offensive struggles in their first game without Collier to edge Century 8-7 last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.

"We were out of sorts and out of sync offensively most of the night without our go-to guy," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We need to find chemistry offensively with the guys who are left standing. Can't replace Collier, but we need to patch in around him to be better offensively."

Ackerman stepped up in Collier's absence, scoring three goals and handing out two assists to lead the Tigers. Howard added two goals and three assists and Corey Rudrud added a pair of goals. Berg chipped in with one goal.

Weierke once again saved seven shots to secure the win.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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