Aspen boys end Steamboat’s lacrosse streak
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – The Skiers wrote a new chapter of Mountain League lacrosse history Tuesday afternoon.
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to hand Steamboat Springs its first conference loss since 2009.
The Skiers, with a seven-goal outburst in the second half, stunned the Sailors 9-6 and ended Steamboat’s 39-match conference winning streak.
“Steamboat has always been dominant in the Mountain League,” Aspen’s Colter Robinson said after scoring twice in the second-half rally. “It’s really a highlight of my senior year to beat them.”
Robinson also scored once in the first half when the Skiers trailed 4-2.
Harry Ferguson had the other first-half goal for Aspen.
Steamboat led on the strength of two first-half goals from Thomas Tarcha.
“We knew being down by two goals that we had to take everything to the net (in the second half),” said Robinson, the son of Suzanne and Rob Robinson.
Aspen scored three times in the third quarter to take a 5-4 lead.
Matt Ferguson started the scoring. Robinson scored twice; Harry Ferguson scored again. And Tyler Tick scored, helping Aspen improve to 4-0.
Steamboat Springs dropped to 3-1 with Tuesday’s loss.
“Our defense was phenomenal,” Robinson said. “They really played well. And Arthur (Kelso) in net played better than I’ve ever seen him play.”
Kelso limited the powerful Sailors to only two more goals in the final period, while the Skiers were potting four more to win 9-6.
“Our defense was stellar,” Kelso said. “And we were a man down a lot.”
He said the Aspen defense kept the Sailors from shooting within 12 yards of the goal.
“Twelve yards and out, I can stop it,” said Kelso, the son of Suzanne Pfister and Doug Kelso.
“This is the greatest win I’ve ever had. I’ll remember this one,” he said.
Kelso also credited a play set up by the Aspen coaches for the second half.
“That play worked the whole second half,” he said, adding that Nicky Cottrell was a key to the successful Aspen counterattack that led to Tuesday’s victory.
“We knew in the second half we had to get back to playing composed,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said, adding that the Skiers were forced to play a man down much of the second quarter.
“We had a string of penalties,” he said. “They scored a lot on their man-up opportunities. We knew we had to regroup, and we did.”
He said the Aspen defense played fundamentally sound, especially in the second half.
“Our 1-on-1 defense was tremendous. Then, offensively, we started to take advantage of our opportunities,” Goerne said.
He said Matt Ferguson’s transition goal to open the second half sparked the team.
The Aspen boys lacrosse team will return to their home turf field for a 6 p.m. game Thursday against Glenwood Springs.
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