After a rough first half last Thursday against Chanhassen, Farmington girls lacrosse coach Dan Pickens stepped aside and let his players work out what went wrong, and what needed to change in the second half.
The Tigers decided more communication and teamwork were going to be necessary if they were going to mount a rally. They got both in the second half and outscored the Storm 9-0 en route to a 13-6 victory — their fourth straight — at Tiger Stadium.
“They committed to playing the second half differently. I have never seen such a response,” Pickens said. “This is one of the proudest I have ever been of a team that I have coached for how they worked together and put the team first in the second half. Big players stepped up again and we showed everyone that we are a new team this year.”
Shelby Klotz led the charge offensively, upping her team-leading goal total to 22 with four goals. Rachael Welzin tallied a hat trick and a pair of assists and Amanda Davenport and Ashley Steffes each found the net twice. Becky Genzler and Kamryn Corraro each supplied single goals.
In net, Maddie Kohlbeck stopped 10 of 16 shots.
“From Maddie Kohlbeck all the way to the attacks they responded to the challenge of working together,” Pickens said. “We didn’t allow any goals in the second half and controlled the ball for much of it.”
The Tiger JV team also won 12-2, upping its record to 4-0-1. The varsity squad, which made its debut at No. 9 in the state rankings this week, hosted Hill-Murray on Tuesday and is back on the road tonight at Shakopee.