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Boys lacrosse: Offense goes into slump

A prolonged offensive slump took some wind out of the sails of a Farmington boys lacrosse team that entered play last Tuesday with a record of 5-1.

The Tigers trailed a talented Holy Angels team 5-4 heading into halftime last Tuesday at Tiger Stadium, but were shut out in the second half for the first time this season as the Stars pulled away, 10-4. The offensive woes carried over into last Thursday's home game against Chanhassen when the Tigers went without a goal in the first half of a 6-3 loss to a StormHawks team they beat by three goals on the road last month.

"Playing not to lose versus playing to win had us snake-bitten this week. We are mired in an offensive slump," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "Not because of anything special the defense is doing, just a lack of ball movement and establishing our offensive sets."

Jake Bauman, Brendon Berg and Dan Block accounted for Farmington's three goals. Trevor Howard added an assist.

Goaltender Charlie Weierke stopped seven StormHawk shots.

With last Tuesday's road win, Holy Angels ran its record to 5-1. The Stars' lone loss came by a single goal on the road at No. 2-ranked Minnetonka.

The Tigers were done in by nine penalties that left them a man down for much of the game.

"We simply took way too many penalties and against an upper-echelon team like Holy Angels they are going to take advantage, and they did," Sorensen said. "We absolutely have the talent to play with them, but not with one less player on the field nine times during the game."

Matt Ackerman led the Tigers with a pair of early goals. Howard and Berg each added single goals and two assists apiece.

Weireke had six saves.

The Tigers took on Owatonna and Rochester John Marshall earlier this week and travel to Richfield for a rematch with the Stars Monday night.