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Boys lacrosse: Tigers edged in sloppy opener

Brendan Berg tries to get away from a pair of Lakeville South defenders Friday night. Berg led the Tigers with two goals.

Conditions could have been generously described as miserable for the Farmington boys lacrosse team's season opener Friday night.

First-half rain turned into second-half snow as the sun went down and temperatures dipped into the upper 20s at Tiger Stadium. Offensive leader Jake Bauman left at the half with what coach Paul Sorensen described as "hypothermia-type symptoms" and the Tigers scored just two goals over the final two periods in a 7-6 loss to Lakeville South.

"Sloppy conditions and 22 penalties called in total made the game unwatchable at times. You could tell it was a first game for both and in horrible conditions to boot," Sorensen said. "I wish we could have played them later in the year and in better conditions. We feel the result would have been different."

The Tigers took a 3-1 lead early on but the Cougars answered with two goals of their own to make it 3-3 after a quarter. It was 5-4 South at the halftime break and the score stayed that way through a scoreless third quarter.

"Chances were many in the third for both sides," Sorensen said.

The Cougars looked to be in control with a 6-4 lead late in the fourth, but a pair of Tiger goals, including the equalizer by Chris Fitzgibbons, made it 6-6 with just under three minutes left.

South ended up scoring the game-winner with 43 seconds left.

Farmington goaltender Matt Heinzerling finished with nine saves. Brendan Berg led the Tigers with a pair of goals. Bauman, Fitzgibbons, Corey Rudrud and Michael Thompson each scored once.