07 May 2014

Girls Lacrosse: No. 9 Tigers hammer Hill-Murray

Kaeli Halverson 3 goal-game
Farmington celebrated the announcement of its No. 9 ranking in the weekly state poll with a dominating 17-5 non-conference win over Hill-Murray Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.

"The girls got the news this week that they had cracked the top 10 in the state for the first time," coach Dan Pickens said. "I was a little nervous that it would get to their heads but it definitely didn't happen as we kept moving forward."

The Tigers built a commanding 9-3 lead by the halftime break and went on to score eight more times in the second period.

Leading scorers Shelby Klotz and Rachael Welzin along with Ashley Steffes finished with identical stat lines, each scoring three goals and assisting on a fourth. But the high-flying trio had plenty of help in the scoring department.

Becky Genzler had an outstanding all-around game with a pair of goals and three assists and Kaeli Halverson recorded her first career hat trick. Amanda Davenport, Lindsay Benson and Kaitlyn Lacroix also found the net for the winners. Brooke Raske chipped in with a pair of assists.

Seniors Maddie Kohlbeck and Scootie Donnelly shared the goalkeeping duties and both played well. Kohlbeck stopped seven of 10 shots in the opening half and Donnelly turned away five of seven in the second.

For the game the Tigers outshot the Pioneers by a 28-17 count.

"Winning draws continues to be a strength of the team and we go as our draws go," Pickens said. Amanda Davenport is an animal on the draws. Although she is small, she plays big on the draws and usually brings the ball down for control in their zone right away."

Thursday the Tigers will try to improve on their 6-1 start with a Missota Conference road game at Shakopee.