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Boys lacrosse: Tigers make history at Owatonna
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A big first quarter propelled Farmington to a historic win Friday night.

The Tigers surged to a 7-0 advantage and went on to capture the first win in the two-year history of the boys lacrosse program, 12-4 over the Huskies in Owatonna.


"Overall it was our best and most complete game in two years," said coach Paul Sorensen, whose team lost to Owatonna 13-6 last season. "We dominated play in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and in transition."

The Tigers had allowed 49 goals in their first four games of the season before goaltender Charlie Weierke let the ball get past him just four times while recording 13 saves in his first career victory. Sorensen also gave credit to Blair Berg and Jake Mendala for anchoring the defense.

Meanwhile, the Farmington offense connected on 44 percent of its 27 shots on goal. Mitch Collier led the charge with a season-high five goals and Jake Bauman scored twice. Farmington got single goals from Trevor Howard (three assists), Matt Ackerman (two assists), Kevin Clifton, Michael Thompson and Marques Words.

The Tigers slipped to 0-4 after a 14-5 loss to Rochester Century last Tuesday in Rochester.

The Panthers led 4-0 after the first quarter and 7-2 at the break.

"Tuesday's game was sloppy and we lost all the hustle stats," Sorensen said. "We got out-hustled and our main focus was to work for 48 minutes."

Bauman provided the bulk of the scoring for the Tigers with his first hat trick of the season. Howard and Ian Eich each added goals.

The Tigers were back in action Wednesday night when they hosted Lakeville North at Tiger Stadium. The team travels to Richfield Saturday to take on Holy Angels.

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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