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Boys lacrosse: Tigers have clean play in sloppy weather

Farmington and Apple Valley players battle for the ball during Friday night's lacrosse scrimmage at Tiger Stadium. The Tigers open the season tonight against Lakeville South.

The 40-degree temperature and light snow didn't bother the Farmington boys lacrosse team for long Friday night. The team was just happy to be playing again.

"Beyond the first few minutes I don't think the guys really noticed the weather as they were just glad to strap on the pads and helmet and get after it," Farmington coach Paul Sorensen said. "Credit to Apple Valley as they always come prepared and every time we have scrimmaged it's been competitive and hard fought."

The Tigers scrimmaged the Eagles for two 30-minute halves on the snow-powdered Tiger Stadium turf. No score was kept, but Sorensen came away from the meeting feeling good about his team's performance.

"Overall I'm impressed with how the players came into the season regarding their conditioning. We're a stronger, more balanced, team than a year ago. Defensively I think we looked better," he said. "Communication has improved as the guys work on becoming students of the game. Their confidence shows in their play. Offensively we moved the ball and were looking for open cutters. Our transition game has improved. I'll say that we have the advantage in goal over anyone we will face this year."

The Tigers will get their first chance to show just how much they've improved tonight when, weather permitting, they open the season against Lakeville South at Tiger Stadium.

"(The scrimmage) showed us that we will be competitive in every contest this year and should align us with our goals to win district this year," Sorensen said. "We will not overlook any opponent but this scrimmage shows we can stay with or beat anyone if we tend to the little things."