11 May 2012

Girls Lacrosse: Tigers score school-record 18 goals in win over Rochester John Marshall

Haley Bradshaw scores one of her eight goals (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The high-flying Tigers extended their winning streak to five games, setting a new school scoring record in the process, in an 18-10 win over Rochester John Marshall Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

The victory upped Farmington's record to 6-3. The Tigers won just three games over the first two years of the program.

Although the final score indicted the victory was a one-sided affair, it wasn't always that way.

Farmington roared out of the gate, using two goals by Haley Bradshaw and one each by Michaela Tonsager, Ally Midboe, Tia Jacoby and Jess Erchul to lead 6-1 with 12 minutes to play in the first half.

The Rockets closed the half on a 7-2 run, however, and at the break the Tigers led by only 8-6.

"I had to get on the girls a little at halftime," coach Dan Pickens said. "We have shown that we sometimes get complacent when we get a big lead.

"I reminded them of how we lost the Rosemount game after leading 6-1 and  how our senior leaders had to step up and take control."

The Tigers heard the message loud and clear, running off five unanswered goals in the first five and a half minutes of the second period to roll up a seven-goal lead.

Jess Erchul recorded 4 goals, assist (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington's 18 goals broke the school one-game scoring record of 16 set twice earlier this season.

"We used to be pretty good runners," Pickens said, "but now we are good passers and catchers, too. When someone is double-teamed we have the ability to pass the ball and get it to an open player. We have developed into a good offensive team."

Haley Bradshaw, the team's scoring leader, had a career night, netting eight goals to run her season point total to 43. Jess Erchul also continued to find the net with regularity, scoring four times.

Maddie Kohlbeck posted 10 saves (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Tia Jacoby added a pair of scores while Midboe, Tonsager, Betsy Anderson and Adrienne Jolicoeur had one apiece. Tonsager picked up a pair of assists and Erchul and Kylee Glen each had one.

Goalkeeper Maddie Kohlbeck recorded her sixth win of the season with 10 saves.

The Tigers don't have much time to dwell on their record-setting performance. Friday they head to East Ridge for a game Pickens said is important for the upcoming section seeding.

"We need to keep winning to hopefully get a first-round home game in the playoffs," he said.