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Boys lacrosse: Tigers looking to make noise in section

Farmington's Alex Kelly passes the ball during a recent home game at Tiger Stadium.

A couple of lopsided games last week gave the Farmington boys lacrosse team a chance to prepare for the section tournament.

The Tigers got some younger players a little varsity experience and rested a few starters while downing St. Cloud Tech 17-5 and Simley 12-7 in a pair of road games that closed out an 8-5 regular season. All five of those losses have come by a single goal.

"It gave us a lot of room to play some guys that will be a part of our program for a few more years," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "Also, this time of year we are a bit battered so the rest was necessary for some key players."

The Tigers earned the No. 5 seed in the section tournament, which they opened Tuesday on the road at No. 4 Rochester Century. The Winner will be back in Rochester tomorrow night to face No. 1 seed Rochester Mayo.

"I feel that we are at a point going into our game with Century as the team that nobody wants to face. We are as good as any in the section, especially when we play smart and stay out of the penalty box," Sorensen said. "We are going in confident, but not cocky. We are looking to take yet another step forward this year and so far we are on track."

The Tigers built a 10-0 lead in the first half Friday night at Simley.

Brendan Berg finished with four goals and an assist. Garrett Gunderson scored twice and Mitch Hilton, Richard Halverson, Chris Fitzgibbons, Kevin Clifton, Ryan Cole and Alex Schrafft each added single goals.

Michael Thompson finished with two assists and won 10 of 12 face-offs.

Matt Heinzerling stopped seven shots in the first half before Kyle Kratz came in and saved seven shots in the second half.

A day earlier, Berg notched a career-high seven goals and four assists in a 17-5 rout of St. Cloud Tech.

Gunderson, Clifton and Corey Rudrud each tacked on two goals. Hilton and Cole each handed out two assists. Heinzerling saved eight shots over the first three quarters.