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Boys lacrosse: Tigers get in the win column

Farmington's Corey Rudrud charges in for one of his team-high five goals in last Thursday's 13-4 win over Spring Lake Park.

The Farmington boys lacrosse team lost its first two games by identical 7-6 scores.

The Tigers got out to another slow start in game number three, but surged ahead in the second quarter and assured another close one wouldn't escape their grasp. Three unanswered goals sparked an 11-2 run over the final three quarters and the Tigers pulled away from Spring Lake Park 13-4 last Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

"We came out a bit flat, but found our groove midway through the second and never looked back," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "We kept telling the guys to just have fun and let their ability take over. The greatest part is we had contributions from everyone on our team."

Corey Rudrud did the bulk of the scoring, piling up five goals on six shots. Brendan Berg continued his productive play with three goals and two assists, Jake Bauman scored twice and Alex Schrafft, Kevin Clifton and Dan Block each found the net once. Block also snagged 10 ground balls and leads the state in that category through three games.

Michael Thompson added 12 wins in 15 face-offs.

Kyle Kratz got the start in goal and picked up his first career win, stopping nine of Spring Lake Park's 13 shots in 48 minutes.

The Tigers (1-2) opened Missota Conference play Tuesday on the road against a Holy Angels team they have yet to defeat since becoming a varsity program.

"It would be nice to get the proverbial monkey off our back," Sorensen said. "To do so we need to play for each other, play smart and just have fun."

The team travels to Chaska/Chanhassen this afternoon and hosts St. Cloud Tech tomorrow night.