The Farmington girls lacrosse team jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and finally picked up its first win of the season 9-4 over Park of Cottage Grove last Thursday at Tiger Stadium.
The Tigers entered the game having lost four straight to start the season, including their last three by a combined four goals.
"It was well-deserved for the girls.... We truly looked like a team out there, especially in the first half," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "Park, like us, graduated much of their scoring last year and has been struggling to find it. We seem to be hitting our stride and are starting to find our identity on defense and offense."
Rachael Welzin has been a big part of the improving offense. She leads the team with 16 goals and netted four for the second straight game against Park. Her three early scores helped the Tigers build an 8-2 lead by halftime.
Shelby Klotz added two goals and Kaeli Halverson, Ashley Steffes and Brooke Genzler each scored once. Welzin, Steffes and Michaela Tonsager provided assists.
Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck stopped eight of 12 shots.
The Tigers were back in action Monday night on the road against Lakeville South. They hung with the Cougars early on, but got outscored 9-2 in the second half of a 17-7 setback.
"We got cut apart defensively.... We weren't able to win the one on one battles with their top players," Pickens said. "You have to hand it to them, they pass and catch very well and we had a tough time defending that."
Welzin led Farmington with three goals. Genzler scored twice and Klotz and Tonsager tacked on single goals.