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Girls lacrosse: Pickens sees progress vs. JM

The Farmington girls lacrosse team is getting closer to nabbing the program's first victory.

The Tigers, after losing the first three games of the season by a combined score of 47-9, ran stride-for-stride with an undefeated Rochester John Marshall team in their first home game last Thursday before suffering a 9-6 setback at Tiger Stadium.

"We played our best game this year," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We battled, but couldn't quite hold them off.... We are improving at an exponential rate, and our speed on the field is starting to show. We will continue to work on our passing and catching and once that comes around we are going to surprise some teams."

The Tigers surprised John Marshall early on Thursday, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the first quarter. The Rockets responded with a time out, then came back to score the next six goals to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Adrienne Jolicoeur scored two goals for Farmington and Haley Bradshaw, Kayli Rudeen, Betsy Anderson and Jessica Erchul each scored once. Kevra Wolfe turned in two assists and Ally Midboe added one.

Maddie Kohlbeck started in the goal and stopped 14 of John Marshall's 23 shots.

The Tigers opened last week with a 15-3 loss Tuesday at Bloomington Jefferson.

Kohlbeck stopped 16 shots in her first varsity start, but the home team racked up a 12-2 lead by halftime.

Midboe scored twice for the Tigers and Toni Hunsinger added a goal. Anderson provided the team's lone assist.