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Farmington's Rachael Welzin takes off with the ball during the first half of Monday's 10-5 loss to Prior Lake. Welzin scored one of the team's five goals.

Girls lacrosse: 'Snownami' trips up Tigers

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Girls lacrosse: 'Snownami' trips up Tigers
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Farmington coach Dan Pickens wanted his girls lacrosse team to focus on fundamentals in Monday night's season opener: Fielding ground balls, winning draws, reducing turnovers and playing solid defense.

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But Mother Nature made it hard for both the Tigers and Prior Lake to focus on much besides the conditions. Freezing rain seemed to be coming in sideways during the first half and Tiger Stadium looked like a scene straight out a snow globe during the second half of the Lakers' 10-5 victory.

"I guess the snownami got the best of us tonight," Pickens said. "I really wasn't expecting the weather to get that bad -- it was pretty nasty out there. It really wasn't even a lacrosse game, but it still counted and we got outworked to the ball. We will improve and I know we are better than we showed tonight."

The Tigers trailed by just a goal at the break, but the Lakers pulled away by outscoring the home team 6-2 in the snowy second half.

"It is a new team and we still need a chance to jell and find our offensive and defensive identity," Pickens said. "Although it was very cold, it is a game that these girls will never forget."

Shelby Klotz led Farmington with a hat trick. Rachael Welzin and Lindsay Benson each added single goals.

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck stopped 12 of 22 Prior Lake shots.

The Tigers hope to play again tomorrow night at home against Century.

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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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