15 May 2014

Girls Lacrosse: No. 5 Tigers win going away

Becky Genzler 3 goals, 3 assists
Rochester Century had no answer for Farmington's balanced offense, superior defense and solid goaltending in Wednesday night's 16-4 Tiger win at Tiger Stadium.

The victory was the seventh straight for coach Dan Pickens' team. During the run the Tigers have outscored the opposition by a lopsided 102-30 margin.

Farmington (8-1) has moved into the No. 5  spot in the lacrosse state power rankings and sits eighth in the StarTribune state poll.

The Tigers built a 7-2 lead over the first half and dominated even more in the second period in the win over Section 1 rival Century.

"We did the little things right tonight," Pickens said. "We won draws, played smart, protected the ball and stuck to the game plan. This is why we were able to put up a big number on a good team."

A balanced offensive attack again keyed the victory with seven Tigers getting into the goal scoring act. Season-leading scorers Shelby Klotz (5 goals) and Rachael Welzin (2 goal, 2 assists) both had big games but they had plenty of help.

Becky Genzler had the most productive night of her junior season with six points on three goals and three assists.

Kaeli Halverson and Ashley Steffes each chipped with two goals and an assist. Amanda Davenport recorded a goal and and an assist and Kaitlyn Lacroix chimed in with a goal. Brooke Raske also had an assist for the winners.

The Tigers finished with a robust 31-16 edge in shots on goal with keeper Maddie Kohlbeck having another strong outing in the nets with 12 saves.

Maddie Kohlbeck 12 saves (photo by Jim Lindquist)
"Maddie is now No. 1 in the state in save percentage according to mnlaxhub.com," Pickens said."She has a lot of help in front of her as well from our defensive corps. It is great to see the girls play so well in our own zone and communicate effectively."

The Tigers bounce right back into action Thursday night with a Missota Conference home contest with Holy Angels where a victory would assure them at least a tie for the 2014 league title. Game time is 7:00 at Tiger Stadium.

"The win over Century was a complete team effort," Pickens said. "Now we need to continue to play that well for the remainder of the regular season and into the playoffs."