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Farmington boys lacrosse: Tigers take 10-3 record into Section 1 tournament

The Farmington boys lacrosse team capped off a 10-3 regular season and continued to build momentum for the Section 1 tournament with three straight wins to close out the regular season last week.

After Dan Block’s game-winner allowed the Tigers to edge visiting Hastings 7-6 in overtime on Wednesday, the Tigers rolled by Northfield 10-4 on Friday and returned home for a 19-3 rout of Shakopee in Saturday’s finale.

The team was rewarded for its efforts with the No. 2 seed in the section, which meant a home game against Northfield in Tuesday night’s opening round. The winner hosts either No. 3 seed Lakeville South or No. 6 seed Owatonna tomorrow night (May 30).

“Heading into the section tournament we are as confident as ever. Being a senior-laden team we have weathered storms this year, winning close ones and doing it as a family,” Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. “We are not, however, going to overlook anyone and are going to take it a game at a time. Our goal from Day 1 was a state berth and as of right now that is still in our sights.”

Sorensen once again credited the play of his defense for the team’s success last week. The unit finished the regular season allowing five goals or fewer in eight of 13 games.

“Our defense has been the glue this entire season,” he said. “Their physicality and heady play has led us to our best regular season record ever.”

The offense also did its part against Shakopee, scoring a season-high 19 goals. Corey Rudrud accounted for seven of the goals, Chris Fitzgibbons had a hat trick and Alex Kelly and Garrett Gunderson each scored twice.

In Friday’s win over Northfield, Rudrud supplied a hat trick and Fitzgibbons scored twice.

Goaltender Kyle Kratz faced just 11 shots and stopped seven of them.