16 May 2014

Girls Lacrosse: Tigers clinch Missota tie

Kaeli Halverson 3 goals (file photo by Jim Lindquist)
Farmington assured itself of at least a tie for the first (and last) Missota Conference girls' lacrosse championship with a a 13-1 rout of Holy Angels Thursday night at Tiger Stadium.

This is the first year the sport has been recognized as a league activity. The conference will disband following this school year with Farmington moving to the South Suburban Conference in the fall.

The victory over the Stars was the eighth straight for Farmington (9-1) who is ranked fifth and eighth respectively in the most recent state polls.

The outcome of Thursday's game was never in doubt with the winners scoring seven unanswered goals in the first half.

"This team is like a machine," coach Dan Pickens said. "It just keeps getting better and better. Our neutral zone play was great tonight, creating turnover after turnover. This has been an area of focus, so it is nice to see we are making some head way."

Nine different players scored for Farmington with Shelby Klotz and Kaeli Halverson each scoring three times. Rachael Welzin had another fine all-around game, scoring two goals and assisting on three more.

Shelby Klotz 8 goals in the past 2 games (photo by Jim Lindquist)
Ashley Steffes and Becky Genzler each added a goal and and two assists. Kailtlin Lacroix chimed in with a goal and an assist and Lindsay Benson and Delaney Johnson each scored a goal. Brooke Raske recorded the final Tiger point with an assist.

We are getting better and better each game and practice and I am looking forward to the post-season," Pickens said. "But we do have to keep moving forward one day at a time. Right now our focus is East Ridge on Tuesday. They will be a tough opponent.

The Tigers close out their regular season next week with a three-game slate: Tuesday and Thursday at home versus East Ridge and Rochester John Marshall and Friday at Shakopee. A win against the Sabers would give Farmington the outright Missota championship.