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Girls lacrosse: Tigers rally in Richfield

Farmington's Kaeli Halverson carries the ball up the field during last Monday's loss to Lakeville South. The Tigers rebounded a day later by rallying to defeat Holy Angels.

The Farmington boys and girls lacrosse teams have both had problems getting out to fast starts this season.

Early deficits cost the boys team in both of its losses last week. The Farmington girls also faced multiple-goal deficits in its last two games, but were able to rally and pick up a Missota Conference win last Tuesday against Holy Angels in Richfield.

The Tigers trailed the Stars 6-2 after a sluggish first half, but after talking things over with coach Dan Pickens, reeled off four unanswered goals to tie the score within the first two minutes of the second half. That momentum carried the Tigers through to a 9-8 victory.

"What a game," Pickens said. "I think I am getting too old for this.... We came out flat and just looked defeated in the first half. At halftime we talked about playing as a team, moving the ball up the field by passing and getting a lot of touches in the offensive zone and to their credit we went out there and executed."

Shelby Klotz led the Tigers with four goals. Teammate Rachael Welzin was right behind with a hat trick and three assists. Brooke Genzler and Kaeli Halvorson each added single goals.

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck stopped 13 shots, including one on a direct shot that preserved the lead in the final 90 seconds.

The Tigers once again fell behind 6-3 by halftime last Thursday at Tiger Stadium, but this time their comeback attempt fell short in a 10-8 loss to the Stormhawks.

"Although we staged another nice second half comeback, we gave up the lead and couldn't regain it at the end. We will have to address the slow starts we have had in most of our games this year. We know we have it in us to play like we do in the second half the whole game, but just have a tough time gaining any momentum at the beginning of games."

Welzin had another big game offensively, scoring four goals and handing out one assist. Genzler added a hat trick and Klotz scored once.

Kohlbeck stopped 12 shots.

The Tigers (2-6) host Owatonna tonight and close out the regular season next week with three games in four days against Rosemount, Rochester Mayo and Hill-Murray.

"With five games remaining in the season and just five practices until sections, we have to take it to the next level," Pickens said. "We have a young team, but they are competitors."