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Girls lacrosse: Two more heartbreakers for Tigers

Farmington senior captain Ally Midboe passes to a teammate during the first half of Friday's 9-8 loss to Rosemount. The Tigers lost two one-goal games last week as they slipped to 1-3.

The Farmington girls lacrosse team hoped its string of bad luck had ended with a 12-10 victory over Lakeville South last Monday.

Before that, the Tigers had lost every close game in the program's short history, including four decided by a single goal last season.

But the curse continued at the end of last week as the Tigers surrendered late leads twice, first in an 8-7 double-overtime loss to Eastview on Tuesday, and then in a 9-8 heartbreaker to Rosemount Friday night at Tiger Stadium.

"Unbelievable.... I can't believe we gave this one up," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said after Friday's loss. "We gave them the game.... We will refocus this week and get back to playing our game."

The Tigers (1-3) led 6-1 at halftime before the Irish started to chip away. It was still 8-6 Farmington with under three minutes remaining, but the Irish scored two quick goals to tie the score, then put the ball past goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck with two seconds remaining to complete the rally.

Senior Jessica Erchul was a bright spot for the Tigers, scoring three unassisted goals. Haley Bradshaw added two goals and Adrienne Jolicoeur, Michaela Tonsager and Shelby Klotz each chipped in a goal. Betsy Anderson provided the team's lone assist.

Kohlbeck finished with 11 saves on 20 Rosemount shots.

The Tigers trailed Eastview by a goal with a minute to play last Tuesday night in Apple Valley, but the defense forced a turnover and set up Bradshaw's game-tying score with 50 seconds remaining. Rachael Welzin then found the net to give Farmington the lead with 30 seconds remaining, but Eastview retained possession and scored with 6.6 seconds left to force overtime.

After a scoreless first overtime, Eastview put a shot past Kohlbeck with a minute left in overtime No. 2.

"The girls played great. We played a complete game, just didn't get the bounces in overtime," Pickens said. "It was a small victory to just come back and tie the game at the end."

Bradshaw led the team with three goals. Ally Midboe and Welzin each scored twice and Tonsager added her first career varsity goal.

Kohlbeck finished with 11 saves.

"There are a ton of positives we can take from this game. We played great, our defense was a wall and we moved the ball up the field very well,"?Pickens said. "This was the second night of a back-to-back and the last game was a very hard-fought, emotional win. The girls had the stamina all the way through the second overtime period."

The Tigers traveled to Rochester Century Tuesday and are back home tonight for a Missota Conference game against Chaska/Chanhassen.