02 May 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Missed opportunities

Nick Hinnenkamp scored two goals for the Tigers (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Tiger coach Paul Sorensen summed up Thursday night's 7-5 home loss to Missota Conference rival Chanhassen in two words: "missed opportunities".

"We were one for seven on man-up  situations and had many shots that were not quality takes," Sorensen said  "Our defense was stellar again. Of the seven goals allowed two were on fast breaks and another was a man down opportunity.

"I couldn't be prouder of how the defensive unit has come together this season. Mitch Grengs, Alex Aubrecht, Nick Workman, Dan Block, Jack Fogarty, Tommy Carey, and Connor Olson all have played quality minutes as a gritty, well-oiled machine...All backed up by our surprise of the year, (goaltender) Kyle Kratz.  I'm sure he would be the first to tell you it's the guys out front that make his life easier."

The Storm led by a single goal at intermission at 4-3 and although the Tigers remained close the entire night they couldn't quite get over the hump.

Nick Hinnenkamp continued his strong freshman season with a two-goal night. Kevin Clifton, Tyler Jette and Corey Rudrud each added a goal. Jette and Mitch Hilton had the two Tiger assists.

Farmington finished the night with a 23-17 edge in shots on goal with Kratz recording 10 saves in another solid effort in the nets.

The loss leaves the Tigers with a 5-2 mark through seven games heading into next Tuesday's con-conference road game at Hill-Murray.

"We have six games left and I like our chances to have the best season ever in Farmington lacrosse history," Sorensen said. "We just need to get back to some basics and tighten up a few things on offense."