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Boys lacrosse: Tigers split defensive battles

Farmington’s Mitch Hilton passed the ball to a teammate during a recent home game. Hilton had three points in last Tuesday’s win.

Farmington had a 23-17 edge in shots on goal, but could convert on just one out of eight opportunities with a man advantage during last Thursday’s 7-5 road loss at Chanhassen.

The Tigers matched their season-low goal total while slipping to 5-2 overall.

“We came out flat and never really found our groove,” Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. Our man-up was our Achilles Heel, much like is has been the entire season. Chanhassen was a quality opponent, but we surely didn’t have the same pep as we did against St. Thomas Academy and it was evident from the first face off.”

The Tigers still managed to jump out to a 3-1 lead, but the Storm responded with five unanswered goals to build a 6-3 lead by the third quarter.

Nick Hinnekamp led the visitors with a pair of goals. Kevin Clifton, Tyler Jette and Corey Rudrud each scored once. Jette and Mitch Hilton added assists.

Goaltender Kyle Kratz stopped 10 Chanhassen shots.

Kratz also finished with 10 saves in last Tuesday’s game in Mendota Heights when the Tigers overcame sloppy field conditions to rally and claim a 6-5 defensive battle over St. Thomas Academy.

Rudrud supplied four of the team’s goals and handed out an assist. Hilton had a goal and two assists and Chris Fitzgibbons added a goal.

The Tigers traveled to Hill-Murray on Tuesday and are back home tonight against Shakopee.