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Boys lacrosse: Offense ignites Farmington in season opener

All the optimism surrounding the Farmington boys lacrosse team looked justified after Monday night's season opener.

The third-year program started the season with a victory for the first time ever as it blew by Simley 15-3 at Tiger Stadium.

Mitch Collier paced a list of six Farmington goal-scorers with five goals and an assist. Matt Ackerman scored a career-high four goals and supplied two assists and Trevor Howard set a team record with eight points, backing up two goals with six assists.

Brendon Berg scored a pair of goals and single goals were supplied by Cory Rudrud and Jacob Bauman. The Tigers finished with a 35-6 advantage in shots on goal.

"We played like a team from the opening faceoff to the end of the game. Everyone contributed in some way whether it be ground ball wins or working hard on man down defense," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "Coaches Fox and Starkey have been instrumental in our offensive success. The guys have also now been playing together for multiple years and things are clicking. We had a very balanced attack overall."

The Tigers led 7-2 by halftime and put the game away with seven unanswered goals in the third quarter. Goaltender Charlie Weierke stopped three of six Simley shots to pick up his second career win. He was also in net when the program won its first-ever game last season at Owatonna.

The Tigers are back in action tonight when they travel west to take on Lakeville North.