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Girls lacrosse: Tigers advance past Kennedy

One more year of experience has made all the difference for the Farmington girls lacrosse team.

Last May 23, the Tigers wrapped up a 1-11 season with a 20-8 loss to Bloomington Jefferson in the first round of the section tournament. The two teams met again on May 23, but this time with the Tigers sporting a 9-4 record and coming off an 13-11 win over Bloomington Kennedy in the opening round Monday afternoon at Tiger Stadium. Results from Wednesday's section tournament game can be found online at

The Tigers came out victorious in their first-ever home playoff game Monday night thanks in large part to a defense that held in check Kennedy's high-scoring duo of Leah Gefroh and Brianna Dubose-Briski. The pair combined for just three goals after scoring 77 and 43, respectively, during the regular season.

"We knew if we could shut them down, we should be able to win this game," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "Our defense and (goaltender Maddie) Kohlbeck (15 saves) played great."

The FHS offense missed some chances to pad the lead early on, but still matched its season average with 13 goals. Haley Bradshaw scored a team-high four goals, giving her 46 on the season, and handed out one assist. Adrienne Jolicoeur and Jessica Erchul each tossed in three goals, Betsy Anderson flipped in a pair and Lindsay Benson picked a good time for her third of the season.

Ally Midboe added two assists.

"They let us run around a bit in the offensive zone and we took advantage of that," Pickens said. "Then, when they doubled we were able to dump it off to open girls and they were able to put some home."

The Tigers led 5-3 at halftime and extended their lead a couple times, but Kennedy kept answering with goals of its own to stay within striking distance until the closing minutes.

"We stayed calm and finished in dramatic fashion, as always," Pickens said. "They kept creeping back, so the game was pretty intense the whole time. It made for an interesting last eight minutes or so."