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Girls lacrosse: Unbeaten JV will help team reload

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck is back to provide experience in front of the net for the Tigers this season.

The Farmington girls lacrosse team has a lot going for it, including an experienced goalie, a solid group of returning midfielders and a talented crop of newcomers that helped the JV team go undefeated last season.

One big question remains: Who is going to score the goals for the Tigers this spring? The team lost eight seniors to graduation from last year's 9-5 squad, including six that combined to score 127 of its 152 goals.

"We lost about 85 percent of our scoring, so we will have to replace a lot of that," Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. "We will be quick to reload, however. We have the talent, but somebody has to step up as the scoring leader."

One candidate is Michaela Tonsager, who scored six goals and handed out seven assists last season as a freshman. Newcomer Haley Doll will also be in the middle of things as she takes over the center position.

The Tigers will look to a trio of returning letterwinners at midfield where Kylee Glen, Rachael Welzin and Shelby Klotz are all back in the fold. There's less experience at the defensive end where Shaye Jenrich, Breanna Raske and Becky Gelzer will step into larger roles for the first time.

"Midfield will be very fast and strong as usual and we expect to move the ball up the field very quickly," Pickens said. "But defensive lacrosse is what we hang our hat on. We're going to try and let up less than eight goals a game."

Helping that cause will be two-year starting goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck. The junior had 130 saves and a .530 save percentage last spring when she allowed 9.4 goals per game.

"She has been solid for two years and is getting better," Pickens said. "She should be a top-10 goalie in the state."

Pickens would like to see his team in the state's top 10 this spring after finishing 15th a season ago.

"Ultimately our No. 1 goal is to keep improving as a program. We are quickly putting ourselves on the map in Minnesota," he said. "We finished 15th last year and we want to continue that growth."