10 May 2014

Girls Lacrosse: Been there, done that

Lindsay Benson scored twice (photo by J. Lindquist)
Tiger coach Dan Pickens remembers five years ago when he started the girls lacrosse program at FHS and how it wasn't always easy going up against more experienced team.

Those memories came back loud and clear Friday night when a first-year Northfield team came to town to play the Tigers. The results weren't pretty as the more seasoned Tigers rolled to an 18-2 Missota Conference win despite playing reserves much of the night.

"Games like this are not easy for anyone," Pickens said. "They are in the same position we were in five years ago.

"I am amazed at how far we have come in that time, and I am sure Northfield will have a similar experience if they work as hard as the girls that joined lacrosse in Farmington."

Thirteen different players scored goals in the contest that saw the home team roar to an 11-1 halftime lead.

Jill Tollefson, Lindsay Benson, Shelby Klotz, Lexi Laube and Shaye Jenrich each found the net twice for the winners. Amanda Davenport, Smalls Steffes, Kinzie Markwardt, Becky Genzler, Kaitlyn Lacroix, Ali Saby, Delaney Johnson and Kaeli Halverson also scored for the Tigers.

Becky Genzler goal, 2 assists
Six more Farmington players were credited with assists, including Rachael Welzin (3), Genzler (2),  Kamryn Corraro, Nikki Colvard, Ashley Hessler and Klotz.

"The good thing about this game was we were able to see the character of the girls," Pickens said.
"They showed an unselfish attitude with good sportsmanship the entire game. They know we
were in the same spot and helped the other team when they could. That was great to see."

Ninth-rated Farmington (7-1) returns to action next Wednesday and Thursday when its hosts section rival Rochester Century and Missota Conference challenger Holy Angels.