Girls lacrosse: South halts Tigers' late-season run
The Farmington girls lacrosse team just about kept pace with undefeated Lakeville South over the first 38 minutes of last Friday's Section 1 semifinal game at Lakeville North.
The Cougars took the lead with a late flourish in the first half, and then pulled away with three goals in the final five minutes of a 12-6 win over the Tigers.
Third-ranked South advanced to face Lakeville North in the section finals Tuesday afternoon, while the Tigers bowed out with an 8-7 record.
"It was a good game, much closer than the final score shows. The girls came to play, including our goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck who had a great game," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We stuck to our game plan and executed very well.... They were able to score a few in a row at the end of the first half, which turned out to be huge.... We gave it a good fight and I am very proud of our girls' effort."
Kohlbeck finished with 14 saves on 26 Lakeville South shots. Defender Kylee Glen also helped hold the Cougars in check, limiting leading scorer Abby Ness to one goal and no assists.
Rachael Welzin led the Tigers with three goals, giving her a team-leading 49 goals for the season. She was recently named to the All-State team and will be honored at a banquet this week.
Lindsay Benson added two goals and Delaney Johnson scored once.
The Tigers opened the Section 1 playoffs with a 12-8 win over Rochester John Marshall last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium.
Welzin and Shelby Klotz led the charge with four goals apiece. Ashley Steffes and Brooke Genzler each scored twice. Five players provided assists.
"Our top four goal scorers from the season pumped in all of the goals in this game, kind of fitting," Pickens said.
Kohlbeck did the job in net, stopping 12 shots.
Despite a 2-6 start, the Tigers won a playoff game and finished the season with a record of 8-7. They graduate just one senior -- Rathminee Hach -- and will look for more help from a JV team that has gone a combined 22-2-1 the last two years.
"The second-half run was fun and what the girls deserved after the hours upon hours we spent indoors working out, learning in the classroom and passing in the gym. We prepared ourselves for a second-half run and it will continue next season," Pickens said. "We are all excited for the seasons to come."