Boys lacrosse: Tigers struggle through injuries
As the regular season winds to a close, Farmington boys lacrosse coach Paul Sorensen is looking for a little more leadership from the upperclassmen at a time when his squad has been decimated by injury.
The Tigers are playing without several injured veteran players, and as a result five freshmen started or played during Monday night's 12-3 loss to East Ridge.
"We are piecing things together as best we can," Sorensen said. "We are trying to find chemistry now because the lines are jumbled up so much. It is tough to throw people into situations like that in the heat of the battle."
Against East Ridge, the Tigers got goals from Corey Rudrud, Matt Ackerman and Mitch Collier.
"It wasn't so much the injuries, but the energy level of our team last night," Sorensen said. "We never got into the flow of the game from start to finish."
However, there was reason for optimism.
"Some bright spots were the play of two of our freshmen, Dan Block and Kevin Clifton," Sorensen said. "They provided sparks whenever called upon."
Late last week, the Tigers fell to Chanhassen/Chaska 14-6, despite a strong offensive showing by Ackerman, who scored three goals.
"He has been coming on strong lately," Sorensen said of Ackerman, adding that he and Collier have been stepping up into key leadership roles.
The new challenge as the regular season wraps up is getting the team into a rhythm, especially as the final home game of the season approaches on Thursday against Holy Angels.
"Defensively, we are on our 10th combination of different defenders," Sorensen said. "That is a troubling spot. You have to be able to be a unit defensively."
That unit will need to define itself quickly, as section play starts next week.
"I expect our boys to come out and play hard," Sorensen said.