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Farmington boys lacrosse: Tigers fall in semifinals

The Farmington boys lacrosse team struggled at the start and at the end of Friday’s season-ending 9-6 loss to Lakeville South at Tiger Stadium.

The Tigers, 9-3 winners over the Cougars in the first game of the regular season April 11, fell behind 2-0 in the opening minutes and were held scoreless over the final quarter as their program-best 11-4 season came to a close in the Section 1 semifinals.

“I really think our guys took this Lakeville South team lightly, and a lot can change in nine games. It was hard for us to adjust when they scored two goals right away. We took a step back,” Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. “It all comes down to playing all four quarters of lacrosse. We built ourselves a hole, and spent the whole second half trying to pry ourselves out. It wasn’t enough. It’s a tough loss.”

The Tigers drew to within 7-6 after three quarters, but struggled with fundamentals as they tried to even up the score.

“As we started to come back, minutes were ticking away. With time working against us, we played sloppy offense within the last five minutes, pushing it when we should have slowed the game down,” Sorensen said.

Senior Kevin Clifton led the Tigers with four goals in his final game. Nick Hinnenkamp had a goal and an assist and Dan Block scored one goal.

Goaltender Kyle Kratz faced 24 Lakeville South shots and stopped 15 of them.

The loss ended the careers of 10 seniors who helped the program to its best season yet in its five-year history.

“Our seniors made this season unforgettable and they will truly be missed,” Sorensen said. “As we head into the South Suburban next year, we know that we as a program have to step it up.”