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Area prep lacrosse players honored

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

Aspen Times fileSkiers senior Brendan Wagner fires a shot on net during a March game against Durango at Aspen High School.

ASPEN – Aspen High’s boys and girls lacrosse teams made great strides this spring. There’s reason to expect that success to continue.

A host of Skiers players figured prominently on the Mountain League’s All-Conference first and second teams. Among them were the usual suspects – upperclassmen who helped build fledgling programs into contenders – and a group of precocious youngsters poised to lead their respective programs in coming years.

On the boys’ side, senior midfielder Brendan Wagner and freshman attacker Harry Ferguson garnered first-team recognition, while freshman defender Nick Cottrell was a second-team selection.

Basalt High seniors J.R. Krueger (first team) and Jake Bair (second team), who played for Glenwood Springs, were among 31 players from nine teams honored.

On the girls’ side, Aspen senior attacker Olivia Porcaro joined senior goalkeeper Molly Kadota and sophomore attacker Shannon Turbidy on the first team. Senior defenders Nevada Crandall and Lucy Marolt were second-team selections.

Wagner and Ferguson emerged as the top scoring options for a quick-strike Aspen offense that averaged more than 11 goals per contest and six times erupted for 13 or more.

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The Skiers defense, meanwhile, surrendered just six goals per contest – thanks in part to the aggressive play of Cottrell. Aspen finished 9-4 and was in the thick of the playoff race until an untimely three-game losing streak at the end of April.

Krueger led the Demons in goals (18), assists (10) and points (28), while Bair’s 88 ground balls were the second-best total in the league.

Despite missing the season’s first two games because of a right-ankle injury, Porcaro quickly regained her explosiveness and continually caused fits for the opposition. The University of Findlay (Ohio)-bound standout fearlessly attacked defenses and wore out the net, scoring 46 goals in leading Aspen to an 11-3 record and a second-place league finish, according to MaxPreps.com.

Turbidy followed Porcaro’s lead, scoring 44 times – including six in a 17-6 rout of Steamboat Springs in the season finale – and doling out 16 assists, according to Maxpreps.com.

Crandall, Marolt and Kadota were equally impressive, leading a Skiers defense that surrendered four or fewer goals five times. Kadota turned away 149 shots, according to MaxPreps.com, amassing a save percentage of more than 75 percent.

Aspen High lacrosse coaches Mike Goerne and Lauren Riddick did not return calls seeking comment.

jmaletz@aspentimes.com