25 May 2013

Boys Lacrosse: Making a statement

Brendan Berg 11 goals 5 assists in two games (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington posted back-to-back road wins over St. Cloud Tech and Simley to cap a hectic closing week to the 2013 regular season.

The streaking Tigers went 3-1 in the four games-in-five days stretch, making it five victories in the last six outings for coach Paul Sorensen's team. The Tigers will take a final 8-5 record into next week's Section 1 post-season tournament.

At St. Cloud State University on Thursday the visitors rolled to the win over a team they had defeated 14-1 the previous week at Tiger Stadium.

"We played well but still need to shore up our transition game," coach Paul Sorensen said. "We were slow on transition defense and transition offense and got out of position at times.

"But overall it was a solid game and it was good to get a rotation of guys in the game. Every one produced. It's nice to take care of business against teams we should handle."

Brendan Berg filled up the score book for the Tigers, finishing with an eye-catching 11 points on seven goals and four assists.

Kevin Clifton, Garrett Gunderson and Corey Rudrud each added a pair of goals and Ryan Cole, Alex Schrafft and Caleb Hakala scored once. Cole and Mitch Hilton recorded two assists apiece and Schrafft, Michael Thompson, Chris Fitzgibbons and Alex Kelly each had one.

Mark Heinzerling worked the Tiger nets for the first three quarters, giving up three goals on 11 shots. Kyle Kratz took over in the final period and surrendered the final two Tech goals.

In Friday night's win at Simley the Tigers roared to a 10-0 halftime lead on the way to a comfortable 12-7 victory.

Garrett Gunderson 4 goals, 1 assists (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Berg again led the offense with four goals and an assist. Gunderson had a pair of scores and Richard Halverson, Hilton, Fitzgibbons, Schrafft, Clifton and Cole each netted one.

Hilton assisted on two goals while Gunderson, Halverson, Fitzgibbons, Clifton and Schrafft handed out one apiece.

Heinzerling handled the goalie chores in the first half and finished his abbreviated night with eight saves. Kratz stepped in and worked the second half and picked up four saves.

The Tigers open Section 1 post-season play Tuesday night against Rochester Century (6-7) in Rochester. The Panthers defeated the Tigers 7-6 early in the regular season.