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Boys lacrosse: Tigers drop another one-goal game

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There could be no more fitting end to the Farmington boys lacrosse team's season than another one-goal loss.

The latest heartbreaking defeat came last Tuesday when the fifth-seeded Tigers overcame a four-goal deficit only to fall to fourth seed Rochester Century 9-8 in the opening round of the Section 1 tournament.

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The Tigers earned a final record of 8-6, with all six setbacks coming by a single goal. They also won one game by a single goal and the other seven by a combined 59.

"It was frustrating to come all the way back only to lose another game by a goal," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We played a very lackluster final 20 minutes of the first half, going down 7-3 after being up 3-1. We reminded the guys what it took to get us to an 8-5 record previously, hard work and commitment to defense."

Sorensen credited his defensive unit, composed of Joey Todd, Alex Aubrecht and Nick Workman, among others, for stepping up and holding Century to two second-half goals.

On the offensive end, Garrett Gunderson, Chris Fitzgibbons and Jake Bauman each scored a pair of goals. Senior Brendon Berg finished seventh in the state in scoring with a goal and an assist and Dan Block added a goal and two assists.

Senior goaltender Matt Heinzerling saved 19 shots in his final career outing.

The Tigers lose nine seniors from this year's squad, but Sorensen is optimistic the program can continue to improve as it gears up for its move to the South Suburban Conference in 2015.

"We will ask our midfield to share the scoring load (with the loss of Berg), but we return 10 quality players that will be seniors and have played significant time over the last three years," he said. "A crop of young talent will help fill in some holes starting with Richard Halverson, Tyler Jette, Gavin Quinn, Nick Buhta and others."

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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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