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Boys lacrosse: Tigers reel off three straight

Farmington’s Dan Block charges up the sideline with the ball during last Tuesday’s win over Rochester Mayo.

An eight-day layoff seemed to help the Farmington boys lacrosse team forget all about its loss to Park of Cottage Grove.

The Tigers returned to the field last week and reeled off three straight wins over Rochester Mayo, Chaska and Woodbury. The team faced its first real adversity Friday on the road at Woodbury when it fell behind 2-0 after a period, but relentless offensive play helped the Tigers rally and improve their record to 4-1 with an 8-4 victory.

“Their goalie was unbelievable early as I believe we had something like 16 shots in the first quarter. The goalie was singlehandedly keeping them in it,” Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. “A tenacious transition game gave us enough quality scoring chances that percentages finally caught up with their goalie.”

The Tigers finished with 33 shots on goal to Woodbury’s 15. Chris Fitzgibbons put a season-high four shots into the net, Corey Rudrud scored twice and Kevin Clifton and Mitch Hilton each netted single goals. Hilton also dealt out two assists.

Farmington goaltender Kyle Kratz finished with 11 saves and face-off specialist Michael Thompson won 12 of 14 face-offs.

Ball control was key for the Tigers a day earlier when they scored a rare 11-0 shutout over Chaska at Tiger Stadium. Kratz turned back all 10 Hawk shots.

“We value possession in every game and Michael Thompson won over 80 percent of the face-offs, which put us in a very favorable position to possess and get quality shots,” Sorensen said.

Freshman Nick Hinnekamp continued his breakout week with three goals and an assist. Rudrud had two goals and three assists and Dan Block scored twice. Hilton scored one goal and handed out four assists.

Single goals were also supplied by Clifton, Michael Thompson and James Thompson.

The Tigers opened the week by scoring two goals in each quarter of an 8-6 win over Rochester Mayo at Tiger Stadium last Tuesday.

Hinnekamp emerged for a career-high four goals and Hilton, Fitzgibbons, Tyler Jette and Caleb Hakala each tallied a goal apiece. Jette also assisted on three of the goals.

Kratz finished with nine saves.

“We were in control of the game from the start, but sometimes we went dormant offensively,” Sorensen said. “Give credit to Mayo, who lost a lot of scoring power from a team that went to state a year ago.”

The Tigers are scheduled to be back in action tonight on the road at Chanhassen.