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Girls lacrosse: Tigers set up rematch with South

Whether the Farmington girls lacrosse team would admit it or not, the two lopsided Section 1 tournament games it hosted at Boeckman Middle School last week were mere formalities. They were just necessary steppingstones toward the Tigers’ ultimate goal, a rematch with Lakeville South in the section finals.

South has knocked Farmington out of the section tournament the last three years, but this year’s Tigers seem better-equipped than ever to turn the tables. The Cougars barely escaped their home field with a 13-12 win when the teams met during South Suburban Conference play in early May.

The Section 1 finals were back on South’s field Tuesday night.

“We are happy with our section performance, but we are not complacent and not ready to be done on Tuesday. The Tigers are hungry to throw off the section champs of Lakeville South,” Farmington coach Steph LaVictoire said. “It should be a great matchup. We lost to them by one in the regular season and had about four or five shots ding off of the post in that game. We anticipate a high-scoring game. We believe both teams are evenly matched and it should be a fun game.”

The Tigers (11-5) advanced to the finals by defeating Lakeville North 15-8 in rainy conditions at Boeckman Middle School Friday afternoon. They scored the first eight goals of the game.

“The girls really never let their foot off of the gas. Thirteen of our 15 goals had assists tied to them, so that speaks volumes about the trust that the girls have with each other,” LaVictoire said. “The transition and the ground balls in that game were the best we have seen all season. We emphasized making good choices in the attack zone and not forcing the ball and they did a great job of that as well.”

The game featured several milestones for the Tigers. Kamryn Corraro tied Shelby Klotz and Ashley Steffes’s single-game record for points, totaling nine with two goals and seven assists. Steffes overtook Klotz as the program’s all-time points leader with 165 and Amanda Davenport surpassed 100 career points.

Twelve players scored points in the Tigers’ first-round 16-5 rout of Rochester John Marshall last Tuesday.

Mikala Revels scored a hat trick and Ashley Hessler, Corraro and Josie Laube each tossed in a pair of goals. Ashley Steffes scored one goal and assisted on four others and Davenport and Christine Steffes added three points apiece.

Goaltender Carly Simon had to make just four saves.

“The girls really played like a team and we were hungry to advance to the next round,” LaVictoire said.”They controlled the game the whole time, and we implemented some of our offensive sets that we have been working on.”