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Farmington girls lacrosse: One game from state

Rachael Welzin charges up the field during last Tuesday’s 20-1 rout of Northfield.

For the Farmington girls lacrosse team, not much changed with the start of the section tournament.

The Tigers continued to win, and win big, while pushing their winning streak to 13 games. The state’s fifth-ranked team buried Northfield 20-1 in the first round and rolled past Owatonna 16-6 in the semifinals, setting up a rematch with second-seeded Lakeville South (12-3) in Tuesday’s section championship at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers (14-1) suffered their only loss of the season to the sixth-ranked Cougars, 8-7 in the second game of the season.

“We are ready. No matter what happens, we know it is going to be a fast-paced, well-played lacrosse game,” Farmington coach Dan Pickens said.

The loss to South was one of only two games this season where Farmington didn’t reach double figures in goals. The offense had no trouble producing against Owatonna as Ashley Steffes tossed in a career-high seven goals, Rachael Welzin supplied four and Shelby Klotz added three. Becky Genzler assisted on a season-high five goals.

“Steffes is a very underrated player and really stepped up when Owatonna keyed on Klotz and Welzin. When they started doubling Steffes that opened up space for Klotz and Welzin and they piled in a bunch of goals as well,” Pickens said. “It was quite the performance and fun to watch.”

Goaltender Maddie Kohlbeck stopped 14 of 20 shots in the victory.

Northfield put just six shots on goal in last Tuesday’s tournament-opening 20-1 blowout at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers led 6-0 after four minutes and 12-0 at halftime before putting on the brakes.

Klotz led the team with four goals. Kaitlyn Lacroix scored three times and Kaeli Halverson and Alexis Stanley each scored twice. Single goals came from Amanda Davenport, Smalls Steffes, Genzler, Welzin, Kamryn Corraro, Ashley Hessler, Kelly Kornmann, Ashley Steffes and Brooke Raske.

Genzler supplied three assists and Raske and Ashley Steffes contributed two apiece.

“We were able to get the entire section roster into the game, which was nice and 12 different players scored again for us,” Pickens said.