02 May 2014

Girls Lacrosse: Another rally, another win

Rachael Welzin (28) and Amanda Davenport (6) combined for five goals (photo by J. Lindquist)
For the second straight game the Tigers spotted the opposition an early lead before rallying for a win, this one a 13-6 triumph over Missota Conference rival Chanhassen Thursday evening at Tiger Stadium.

The visiting Storm led 6-4 at the halftime break, a deficit Tiger coach Dan Pickens partly attributed to the recent spate of bad weather.

"After another long break with games being cancelled, we apparently needed to knock the rust off again," he said. "At halftime I left the team alone for a while knowing that we have a whole lot of leaders, including 13 seniors, to work out what was going wrong.

"Then we talked about what got us where we are-- teamwork and positive communication--and they committed to play the second half differently."

The Tigers wasted little time in showing they got the message with Amanda Davenport cutting the deficit to goal just seven seconds into the second half. Farmington went on to outscore its guests 8-0 the rest of the way.

Leading scorers Shelby Klotz (4 goals) and Rachael Welzin (3 goals, 2 assists) did much of the offensive damage for the winners.

Davenport and Ashley Steffes each scored a pair of goals and Kamryn Corraro and Becky Genzler added a goal apiece. Genzler, Steffes, Lindsay Benson and Kaitlyn Lacroix each chipped in with an assist.

The Tigers and the Storm each finished with 16 shots with senior goalkeeper Maddie Kohlbeck picking up the win with a 10-save effort.

"This is one of the proudest moments I've felt about a team that I have coached," Pickens said. "They worked together and put the team first in the second half.  Big players stepped up again and we showed everyone that we are a new team this year.

"I am excited to get to the rest of the season with the weather looking like it will be improving as well."

The win boosted Farmington's season record to 5-1 and a perfect 2-0 in the Missota Conference. The Tigers return to action next Tuesday with a home game versus Hill-Murray.