Farmington High’s Analiese Schneemann takes a shot against West Bloomfield High April 15. The Falcons won the game 22-11.

Farmington High’s Analiese Schneemann takes a shot against West Bloomfield High April 15. The Falcons won the game 22-11.

Photo provided by Cindy Flynn


Teamwork leading Farmington High girls lacrosse team

By: Zachary Manning | Farmington Press | Published May 8, 2019

 Farmington High’s Holly Truitt moves the ball up the field against Royal Oak High April 17. At press time, the Falcons were 12-0 overall.

Farmington High’s Holly Truitt moves the ball up the field against Royal Oak High April 17. At press time, the Falcons were 12-0 overall.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON — At this point in the season, there aren’t many teams left with an undefeated record.

But that’s where the Farmington High girls lacrosse team sat at press time, posting a 12-0 overall record and a 4-0 Oakland Activities Association White Division mark.

After a few tough games to begin the year, the Falcons have settled into a groove and locked down defensively. In its first two games of the year, Farmington allowed a combined 25 goals.

Since then, only one team has scored more than eight goals on the Falcons, and four opponents have been held under five.

“It’s been a fun season. We had a couple tight games at the beginning. Our (defense) was not good at all,” coach Mike Mehall said. “We play an aggressive (defense). We do a lot of doubling, which automatically puts you a man down in a situation. So if your double isn’t working or your adjacent players aren’t covered correctly, you could be in deep trouble, because there’s somebody wide open. But our D is straightening up.”

For all the success the Falcons have had this year, you’d think they would have a superstar or a player who just imposes her will on opponents.

But that’s not the case. Sure, they have a few standouts, including Lawrence Tech University-bound Gabi Mitchell and Analiese Schneemann, who Mehall called the engine of the team.

The real formula for the Falcons’ success has been teamwork. Even though skill level varies on the team, each player trusts their teammates’ ability to make plays when they get the ball.

With the Falcons’ teamwork, opponents are having to defend multiple players instead of keying on one or two. That team-first mentality comes from the relationships the girls have made with one another off the field.

“We’re very close, and I think that’s one of our biggest assets, is how close we are to each other,” Mitchell said. “We have very good chemistry on and off the field, and I think that really sets us apart from other teams.”

Even with all the success the Falcons have had this season, the state playoffs are a different animal, and they will open against an opponent that has had their number over the years.

Farmington will begin the Division 2 playoffs May 20 at home against Farmington Hills Mercy, which was the No. 9-ranked team in Division 2 in alllacrossemichigan.com’s April 28 poll. Farmington was just behind at No. 10.

Mehall said he believes the last time Farmington knocked off Mercy was more than 10 years ago. And with the winner set to take on Ann Arbor Skyline, which ended the Falcons’ season last year, there is plenty of motivation in the locker room.

“They’re playing one game at a time, which is something that we want them to be sensitive to, but we’ve got eyes on Mercy just like they do on us,” Mehall said.

Catch the Falcons on the field at 7 p.m. May 8 at Farmington Hills Harrison.

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