22 May 2014

Boys Lacrosse: Tigers pick up win No. 8 in OT

The Tigers boosted their season record to 8-3 with a 7-6 non-conference overtime triumph over Hastings Wednesday night at Tiger Field.

A balanced offense, a stingy defense and continued strong goalie play by Kyle Kratz highlighted the win, Farmington's third in its last four outings.

The Tigers built a 4-1 halftime lead before what coach Paul Sorensen described as "sleepwalking"into the third period when the Raiders reeled off four straight scores for a 5-4 lead.

From there the game was tied three times, ending in a 6-6 deadlock at the end of regulation.

Dan Block supplied the game-winner in overtime (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers got the better of the play in the two overtime periods with Dan Block's goal in transition finally providing the game-winner.

Five different players netted goals for the winners with Jesse Herrera and Chris Fitzgibbons each scoring twice. Mitch Hilton, Nick Hinnenkamp and Dan Block added a goal apiece.

Corey Rudrud picked up a pair of assists with Kevin Clifton and Nick Workman each adding one.

The defense kept the Hastings attack at bay most of the night and Kratz held up his end of the operation with a 16-save night.

Kyle Kratz 16 saves (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Farmington defense has been a key ingredient in the Tigers' productive season, allowing just 58 scores in 11 games, an average of 5.27 a night. No opponent has been able to crack double figures in scoring this season.
 "It was a special night because a lot of alumni from our previous four years were there and it was also Senior Night," Sorensen said.

"Overall I'm satisfied with the outcome but we need to shore up some key areas if we want to make a run at state. Hopefully the nature of this game will serve as a wake up call to our team.... I'm proud of the guys how they battled and the team chemistry with how they worked so closely together. It was a team win."

The Tigers will try to improve their Section 1 seeding standing with two more Missota Conference games on the regular season schedule this week, Friday night at Northfield and Saturday morning at home against Shakopee.

The Saturday morning affair with the Sabers has an amended start time of 10:00 a.m. at Tiger Stadium.