Farmington High girls lacrosse downs Troy Athens

By: Christian Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published April 27, 2016

TROY — Farmington High girls lacrosse came away with a victory April 27 at Troy Athens.

The Falcons won 7-4 in large part due to goalie Willow Elser. She finished with 14 saves on the night.

“Today she was really in tune to what was going on. She had a good practice yesterday, and I think she’s really starting to see the ball,” Farmington coach Mike Mehall said.

Athens outshot Farmington 18-10, but it was the Falcons making the most of their opportunities.

Farmington’s Rachel Hume opened the scoring, with a bounce shot in front of the net with 21:28 left in the first half. Abigail Smentoski assisted.

Farmington controlled the ensuing faceoff and struck again just more than a minute later when Analiese Schneemann scored unassisted to make it 2-0.

Athens responded and had its chances, but Elser kept the door shut on the Red Hawks, stopping three point-blank shots in the matter of two minutes.

The Falcons then pushed the lead to 3-0 on another goal by Hume and again assisted by Smentoski with 10:47 left in the half.

The Red Hawks cut the lead to 3-1 with 7:05 left in the first when Danielle Stanichuk found the back of the net on a pass from JoJo Ruit.

The Falcons extended their lead back to three to open the second half with a goal from Smentoski 38 seconds into the frame.

Hume then gave Farmington its biggest lead of the night, making it 5-1 with 18:17 left.

Athens battled back, getting three goals from Megan McHugh in the last eight minutes of the game to cut the lead to two, but that’s as close as it would get.

Hume added two more scores in the final six minutes to close out the contest.

With the loss, Athens goes to 4-6 overall.

“We turned the ball over a ton, that was our biggest problem,” Athens coach Rob Holder said. “Right now, we’re putting the ball on the turf way too much.”

Farmington improves to 5-3 overall. The win is its first against Athens since 2012.