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Farmington girls lacrosse: Streaking Tigers win sixth straight

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Entering the state rankings for the first time in program history wasn’t a distraction for the Farmington girls lacrosse team.

The Tigers found themselves at No. 9 in the rankings at the start of last week and responded with a pair of convincing victories, topping Hill-Murray 17-5 last Tuesday and Northfield 18-2 Friday on the turf at Tiger Stadium. Those wins extended the Tigers’ winning streak to six games and bumped them up to No. 8 in the rankings heading into tonight’s home game against Holy Angels.

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“The girls got the news this (last) week that they had cracked the top 10 in the state for the first time. I was a little nervous that it would get to their heads and we might overlook some opponents. This definitely did not happen as we kept moving forward,” Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.

Four players recorded hat tricks in the victory over Hill-Murray: Shelby Klotz, Rachael Welzin, Kaeli Halverson and Ashley Steffes. Becky Genzler supplied two goals and two assists and Amanda Davenport, Lindsay Benson and Kaitlyn Lacroix each scored once.

Maddie Kohlbeck played half the game in goal and stopped 7 of 10 shots. Scootie Donnelly took over in the second half and stopped 5 of 7 shots.

Northfield managed just four shots on goal to the Tigers’ 24 in Friday’s lopsided affair.

Pickens emptied his bench against the inexperienced Raiders and 13 players scored goals. Lexi Laube, Kinzie Markwardt and Shaye Jenrich each scored their first varsity goals.

“Games like this are not easy for anyone. This is the first year of Northfield having lacrosse, the same position we were in five years ago,” Pickens said. “I am amazed at how far we have come in five years, and I am sure Northfield will have a similar experience if they get girls that work as hard as the ones that joined lacrosse in Farmington.”

Jill Tollefson, Benson, Klotz, Laube and Jenrich each tossed in a pair of goals for the Tigers, now 7-1. Davenport, Christine “Smalls” Steffes, Markwardt, Genzler, Lacroix, Ali Saby, Delaney Johnson and Hanverson each tacked on single goals.

Kohlbeck finished an easy night with two saves.

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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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