24 May 2012

Girls Lacrosse: Jaguars end Tiger season 14-13

Ally Midboe 5 goals vs. Jefferson (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers record-breaking season ended in heart-breaking fashion in a 14-13 loss to Bloomington Jefferson Wednesday afternoon in Bloomington.

"This was a tough one to swallow," Tiger coach Dan Pickens said. "It was back and forth all game long. We would get up by one or two goals and they would crawl back in it."

The sixth-seeded Tigers and the third-seeded Jaguars were fittingly tied at halftime at 8-8 but Farmington managed to carve out a 12-10 lead with a little over four minutes to go in regulation.

"We certainly didn't do anything wrong," Pickens said of Jefferson's 4-1 closing run. "We just couldn't get possession to kill out the clock at the end of the game."

Tia Jacoby goal, 4 assists
Ally Midboe had an outstanding final game in a Tiger uniform, scoring five goals, four of them coming on the same play on assists from fellow senior Tia Jacoby.

Jess Erchul also closed out her career in style, scoring four times. Sophomore Rachael Welzin added a pair of goals and leading scorer Haley Bradshaw and Jacoby each scored one.

Goalie Maddie Kohlbeck picked up 11 saves on 25 shots in the season finale.

"What a great way for the seniors to go out," Pickens said. "It was a great season. All eight of them started for us today...Even though they (Jefferson) were higher-seeded, I think we were the better team."

The loss closed the books on the best season in the program's three-year history. The Tigers finished 9-5 with three of the five losses coming by a single goal.

"All of the girls should be be very proud of themselves," Pickens said. The record aside, they worked hard and accomplished pretty much all of their individual and team goals they set forth before the season started."