It’s safe to say Farmington isn’t indifferent about its first section girls lacrosse championship.
Shortly after the Tigers defeated Lakeville South 10-8 in the Section 1 final Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium, coach Stephanie Lavictoire took the trophy, held it in front of the Farmington fans and shouted, “This is for you!”
It also was for the Farmington players, who have been chasing Lakeville South in the section playoffs for a long time. The Cougars defeated the Tigers in the playoffs four years in a row, including the last three Section 1 championship games.
“These kids have been playing together for six or seven years, so eventually it was going to happen,” Lavictoire said. “They were hungry. They thought they really needed to push this year, put their foot on the gas, and they did it.
“All the factors kind of lined up, and we punched our ticket, finally.”
Farmington (14-2) will play in the state quarterfinals Tuesday, June 13, at Minnetonka High School. The time and opponents had not been announced at Sun Thisweek presstime.
Tigers senior Kamryn Corraro had a hand in nine of the Tigers’ 10 goals Tuesday, scoring eight and assisting on one. One of her goals came seconds before the halftime buzzer, giving Farmington a shot of energy as it went to the break. She also scored twice in the final five minutes, breaking an 8-8 tie.
Ashley Steffes had a goal and three assists for the Tigers. Lavictoire said senior Alexis Stanley was key in the draw circle, recovering numerous ground balls.
Goals by Lakeville South’s Jenna Hayes and Abby Schaefer tied the game 7-7 and 8-8. The score remained at 8-8 for more than nine minutes before Corraro scored to put Farmington ahead to stay.
“We knew (the Cougars) were going to score,” Lavictoire said. “It was a matter of how were we going to react to it, and we reacted in the best way we could.”
Lakeville South, the three-time defending section champion, finished 10-6.
The section championship “represents the grit, the hard times, all of the ups and downs we’ve had,” Lavictoire said. “It represents a lot of hard work and determination.”
Section 1 boys
Robby Gale scored five goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in Lakeville North’s 15-14 victory over Lakeville South in the Section 1 boys lacrosse championship game Tuesday night.
The Panthers, state runners-up in 2016, qualified for the tournament for the fourth year in a row. Lakeville North (9-7) will play a quarterfinal game June 13 at Chanhassen High School.
The section championship game was close throughout. Lakeville North led 8-6 at halftime, but South midfielder David Byers scored his fourth goal of the game just eight seconds into the third quarter.
The ebb and flow continued. South led 12-11 after the third, but North scored three consecutive goals to lead 14-12 with less than six minutes remaining. South then scored the final two goals of the period to force the game into overtime.
Lakeville South (7-9) was seeded first in Section 1, largely because of a 9-8 regular-season victory at Lakeville North on May 2.
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