25 May 2013

Girls Lacrosse: Building momentum

Shelby Klotz scored the game-winner with 13 seconds to play (photo by J. Lindquist)
If momentum is an important factor in post-season success, the Tigers have set themselves up for a good run in the Section 1 tournament.

Farmington closed the books on its 2013 regular season with a 10-9 win at Hill-Murray Thursday night, coach Dan Pickens' team's fifth win in a row after starting the year 2-6.

"We were able to find a way to win this game just like we have been doing the second half of this season," Pickens said.  "The girls battled themselves for most of the game, not stringing together passes like we have been doing but were still able to mount a second half comeback."

The Pioneers led 6-4 at intermission before the Tigers rallied for a 9-7 advantage with three minutes remaining in regulation. A couple of turnovers led to the tying goals with less than a  minute to go to set up a dramatic finish.

The Tigers won the ensuing draw and Lindsay Benson fed Shelby Klotz who netted the game-winner with just 13.7 seconds left on the clock.

Klotz's goal was her fourth of the night. Rachael Welzin added three more and also had an assist. Brooke Genzler, Jessica Herrera and Delaney Johnson also recorded goals for the winners.  Benson and Michaela Tonsager each added assists.

Goalkeeper Maddie Kohlbeck picked up her seventh with of the season, stopping 11 of 20 Pioneer shots.

The Tigers open post-season play Tuesday night with a home game versus Rochester John Marshall.
They topped the Rockets 12-11 when the teams met in Rochester during the regular season.

Lindsay Benson assisted on game-winning goal (photo by Jim Lindquist)