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Farmington's Haley Bradshaw scoops up the ball and advances away from a Lakeville South player during last Tuesday's loss. The Tigers picked up the first win in program history two days later against Rochester Century.

Girls lacrosse tracks down first win

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Farmington's girls lacrosse team suffered some lopsided losses during its first two weeks of varsity play in late April. But head coach Dan Pickens remained confident his players would learn from the setbacks and improve as the season wore on.

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It didn't take long for his team to prove him right. The Tigers, just two days after a 22-3 home loss to a tough Lakeville South team, picked up the first varsity win in program history on Thursday, rallying for a 13-5 decision over Rochester Century in Rochester.

"We played a very good game, our best of the year. All the things we have learned and the things we have worked on in practice started to show in the game," Pickens said. "The girls were really working hard, turning and burning the whole game. It was very fun to get a win and well-deserved for a very good, hard-working group of girls."

The Tigers trailed 5-3 late in the first half, but answered back with three goals in a row to take a 6-5 lead into the second. The go-ahead goal was provided by Nikki Webster just 10 seconds before the end of the quarter.

That ended up being the beginning of a 10-0 run as the Tigers scored seven more unanswered goals in the second half. Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck shut out the Panthers in the second half and finished with 11 saves.

Ally Midboe, Betsy Anderson, Jessica Erchul and Tia Jacoby each finished with two goals. Single goals were added by Adrienne Jolicoeur, Toni Hunsinger, Webster, Vivian Pankow and Shannon Grengs.

Grengs also scored twice in the loss two days earlier against Lakeville South. The team's third goal came from Jolicoeur and Midboe added an assist.

Lakeville South scored the game's first 11 goals and went into the half with a 14-3 advantage.

"Lakeville was a very good team. They had a couple of players that ran the field on us and scored 14 of their 22 goals," Pickens said. "We had a tough time stopping them and they were in the entire game."

Farmington goaltender Andrea Jacobson stopped 10 shots and Kohlbeck stopped four.

The Tigers are back at home this afternoon when they host Holy Angels for a 4:30 p.m. contest at Tiger Stadium.

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