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Girls lacrosse: Tigers spread goals around

Farmington’s Kaeli Halverson comes away with the ball during last Thursday’s season-opening win over Rosemount at Tiger Stadium.

The Farmington girls lacrosse team has no shortage of players who can put the ball in the net this season.

Ten players scored goals Monday night in a 15-2 road win at Hastings. Last week, 11 players provided at least a goal in a season-opening 17-2 rout of Rosemount at Tiger Stadium and on Friday five players accounted for seven goals in an tightly-contested 8-7 loss to Lakeville South.

“We were able to spread the ball around quite a bit. It really shows how far we have come in five years of the program,” Farmington coach Dan Pickens said. “It wasn’t long ago that we were on the other end of these lopsided games and we had to work hard to keep the sidelines positive.”

The Tigers had plenty to be positive about against Hastings. They led 10-2 by halftime and made some adjustments in the second half to get players experience at different positions.

Shelby Klotz finished with a hat trick, giving her a team-high eight goals through three games. Rachael Welzin, Becky Genzler and Kaitlyn Lacroix each scored twice and Jill Tollefson, Lindsay Benson, Christine Steffes, Ashley Hessler, Delaney Johnson and Kaeli Halverson each tacked on single goals. Ashley Steffes led the team with three assists.

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck faced just five Hastings shots and stopped three of them.

The Tigers showed progress in suffering their first loss of the season 8-7 Friday night at Lakeville South. The Cougars handed Farmington its most lopsided loss last season by a score of 17-7, and won a rematch 12-6 in the section tournament to end the Tigers’ season.

This time around, the Cougars had a slim 21-20 shot advantage and netted the game-winning goal with 10 seconds left.

“It was not the outcome the girls wanted, but overall they played very well,” Pickens said. “We knew the neutral zone was going to be the key to this game and we got out-played there.”

Klotz and Ashley Steffes each scored twice for the visitors. Welzin, Kamryn Corraro and Ali Saby each scored one goal.

Kohlbeck finished with 13 saves.

The Tigers hit the ground running in last Thursday’s opener, scoring early and often in their 17-2 win over Rosemount.

Ashley Steffes and Klotz paced the offense with a pair of hat tricks. Genzler found the net twice and Halverson, Amanda Davenport, Nikki Colvart, Benson, Welzin, Steffes, Corraro and Saby each scored once.

Kohlbeck saved 10 of 12 shots.

“The depth and young talent definitely showed this game as we out-worked and hustled Rosemount from the first draw,” Pickens said.

Tonight’s scheduled game at Rochester Century has been postponed due to field conditions. The Tigers won’t play again until April 23 at Bloomington Kennedy.