AHS girls win first lax banner
The Aspen Times
The Skiers knew exactly what to do.
When the referee’s final whistle sounded Tuesday afternoon, the Aspen High School girls lacrosse team rushed to their own goal — to congratulate goalie Hannah Clauss and to celebrate the championship of the Mountain League.
“We’ve been working hard for this since my freshman year, and finally we accomplished it,” ecstatic senior Shannon Turbidy said after Aspen’s dominating 16-6 victory over visiting Summit High School. “This is wonderful; this is the best team we’ve ever had.”
And it’s the first girls lacrosse conference banner in the history of the program at AHS.
Trubidy, who finished with a game-high seven goals, scored 15 seconds into the second half to initiate a torrent of Aspen goals after the Skiers built an 8-5 halftime lead. Then, the Skiers allowed just a single goal in the 25 minutes of the second half.
“We’re definitely a second-half team,” Turbidy said, “and today it paid off.”
Senior Nina Christiansen scored for the Skiers before Turbidy potted back-to-back scores in the second-half run. Kendall Anderson scored her third goal of the game. Claire Boronski scored twice, and Mackenzie Miller added her third goal of the game.
Libby Dowley and Juliette Woodrow scored in the first half for Aspen.
Tucker Hacket, Summit’s senior captain, scored four goals to lead the Tigers (4-9 overall, 2-3 in league).
Elle Scott-William and Kaitlyn Raymond also scored for Summit.
“(In the postgame huddle), we talked about how proud we are of each other,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said, adding that the team has stayed grounded through a long season that included spring break and a week of ex ed.
“This team thinks and feels that there is nothing stopping them on the field,” Riddick said. “They focus on that second half: scoring goals and keeping the other team from scoring goals.”
The Skiers (11-2 overall and a perfect 7-0 in the Mountain League) will host Battle Mountain in a nonconference regular-season finale at 4 p.m. Friday.
They likely will host a first-round state playoff game early next week.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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