30 April 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Tigers beat Cadets, elements

Corey Rudrud 4 goals, assist (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers persevered through some cold, wet and windy conditions to down St. Thomas Academy 6-5 in a non-conference game played Tuesday in Mendota Heights.

Corey Rudrud had a big night offensively, scoring four goals and assisting on a fifth but coach Paul Sorensen said the victory was very much a team effort.

"Corey had a stellar offensive performance with some highlight film goals but the biggest story was our team defense," he said. "The approach this season is simple--use our balanced scoring and defend like our lives depended on it. Defense wins championships.   

"Saint Thomas was a very physical and talented team but we kept to our structure, played with our head, and played as a team."

Chris Fitzgibbons added a goal for the winners, his fifth in the past two games,. Mitch Hilton tallied the sixth score and also chipped in with a pair of assists.Tyler Jette also had two assists for the Tigers.

Kyle Kratz continued to shine in his first season in the Tiger nets, stopping 10 of the Cadets' 15 shots.

Farmington (5-1) resumes its Missota Conference schedule on Thursday with a road contest at Chanhassen.