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Girls lacrosse: Tigers fall just short in section upset bid

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Another possession or two and the Farmington girls lacrosse team would have been able to run out the clock on the biggest win in program history last Wednesday night.

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Instead, third-seeded Bloomington Jefferson won a pair of late face-offs and scored four goals in the final four minutes of regulation to overcome a two-goal deficit and edge the sixth-seeded Tigers 14-13 in the Section 3 quarterfinals in Bloomington.

"We certainly didn't do anything wrong, we just couldn't get possession to kill out the clock," said Farmington coach Dan Pickens, whose team finished with a 9-5 record after going 1-11 the previous season. "This was a tough one to swallow, but we all have to remember what a great season we have had."

Ally Midboe led the visitors with five goals. Fellow senior Tia Jacoby assisted on all four of them and added a goal of her own. Another senior, Jessica Erchul, also found the net four times, Rachael Welzin scored twice and Haley Bradshaw scored once, giving her a team-leading 47 on the season.

"They were clicking tonight. The entire team should be very proud of themselves. Aside from their great record, they worked hard and accomplished pretty much all of their individual and team goals set forth at the beginning of the year."

The loss ended the high school careers of eight seniors: Midboe, Bradshaw, Jacoby, Erchul, Betsy Anderson, Kelli Harstad, Adrienne Jolicoeur and Ashley Gandrud.

"We sure are going to miss these seniors," Pickens said. "All eight seniors started the game and they were a force all season. I am sure they accounted for 80-90 percent of our goals."

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck had 11 saves in the loss.

Jefferson advanced to face second-seeded Apple Valley in the section semifinals.

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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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