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Boys lacrosse: Tigers trounce Tech, win third straight

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Forget the two games where the Farmington boys lacrosse team outscored its opponents a combined 27-2. The highlight of last week for head coach Paul Sorensen came after the Tigers fell behind by three goals in the second half on the road at Owatonna.

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Trailing 7-4, the Tigers closed out the game with seven unanswered goals to secure an 11-7 victory last Thursday. They also walloped a winless Rochester John Marshall team 13-1 last Tuesday and took care of 1-9 St. Cloud Tech 14-1 Monday at Tiger Stadium.

"I want to say we are playing extremely well, but that wouldn't be the whole truth. I'm proud of how our guys responded at Owatonna," Sorensen said. "When we apply team defensive pressure we are tough to beat, we just need to be more consistent. Offensively we are running our base sets more efficiently but still need to remain patient in allowing more opportunities to present themselves."

The Tigers got plenty of opportunities against St. Cloud Tech. They scored a season-high 14 goals on 28 shots and led 7-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Brendan Berg and Corey Rudrud led the charge, each scoring a hat trick. Garrett Gunderson and Alex Schrafft scored two goals apiece and Mitch Hilton, Caleb Hakala, Ryan Cole and Dan Block each found the net once.

Matt Heinzerling stopped seven of eight shots to get the win in goal.

"Tech is a new program ultimately taking its lumps -- all too familiar territory for us, which is in our rearview mirror," Sorensen said.

Berg and Hilton each scored four goals against Owatonna. Gunderson, Cole and Kevin Clifton contributed one apiece.

Heinzerling had a busier night, stopping 10 of 17 shots.

The Tigers (7-4) close out the regular season with three road games in four days this week. They were at Rochester Mayo Tuesday, travel to St. Cloud Tech today and head north to Simley tomorrow.

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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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