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Girls lacrosse: Lacrosse 'caught off guard' in opener

It shouldn't have been a surprise that Farmington's girls lacrosse team was a bit overmatched in its first two games as a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned sport last week.

Going up against teams from Apple Valley and Park of Cottage Grove that played lacrosse at the varsity level last season, the Tigers lost a pair of road games by scores of 15-2 and 17-4.

Apple Valley jumped out to a 6-0 halftime advantage in last Tuesday's opener, then put nine more shots past goalie Andrea Jacobson in the second half. Jacobson stopped 18 shots in the contest.

"Apple Valley was a very fast, physical team," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We were caught off guard at the beginning of the game, but picked it up in the second half.... We will not be caught off guard again and now know what level of play is going to be necessary to stay in and win games."

Adrienne Jolicoeur got Farmington on the board in the second half with a pair of goals. One was unassisted and one came with an assist from Ally Midboe.

The Tigers came out more prepared Thursday against Park, and closed to within 10-4 early in the second half before seven unanswered goals pushed the final score to 17-4.

Jacobson finished with 16 saves against Park, a team that won Section 3 last season and finished third at the state tournament.

Midboe scored twice for the Tigers and Betsy Anderson and Tia Jacoby each added single goals. Midboe, Anderson and Toni Hunsinger each added assists.

The Tigers play their first official home game in program history this afternoon when Rochester John Marshall comes to Tiger Field for a 4:30 p.m. contest.