Aspen boys lacrosse hits the ‘road’
The Aspen Times
Fresh from their second consecutive dominating victory in the Mountain League, the unbeaten Aspen High School boys lacrosse team is ready to embark on its longest “road” trip of the season.
The Skiers improved to 6-0 overall Thursday afternoon with a convincing 18-2 victory over visiting Glenwood Springs.
The league victory followed Wednesday’s equally convincing 17-3 win over the Devils at Eagle Valley.
Now, the Aspen boys are looking forward to a trip that starts with a game at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch on Saturday but ends up at Disney World in Florida.
The Skiers will fly to Florida for a series of out-of-state scrimmages and games at the Wide World of Sports complex next week.
First, the Skiers had to take care of league business against the Demons from Glenwood Springs.
Jon Tick’s Aspen goal just 21 seconds into the game set the tone for the rapid-fire Skiers’ offense.
Harry Ferguson scored a minute and a half later, and the Skiers were cruising to an 8-0 lead after the first 12-minute quarter.
From a 14-1 halftime lead, the Skiers rolled on to their sixth consecutive victory with goals from a variety of players including Ryan Fitzgerald (5), John Heaphey and a cast of thousands.
Thomas Hooker and Max Slack scored goals for the Demons.
“This is one of those games where we wanted to go out and play as a team, keep the ball moving the way it should, sharpen our skills and then get … time for some guys who have not been on the varsity field,” Aspen coach Mike Goerne said. “We were able to get a bunch of the younger guys a lot of playing time today.”
He said the experience for the younger players builds depth for the program.
“And it helps them understand the game better than standing on the sidelines and watching,” Goerne said.
The back-to-back league wins give the Skiers momentum heading into a rematch from the state lacrosse playoffs a year ago.
“Obviously, we want that grudge match (against Valor Christian),” the Aspen head coach said. “We were tied 5-5 (at halftime) last year, and they took us out in the third quarter.”
He said the Skiers are eager for the playoff-caliber test Saturday in Highlands Ranch.
“Then, we get on a plane … to Florida,” Goerne said. “We’ll have two days of scrimmages against a handful of teams from New York and New Jersey. And then we play an official game against John Burroughs School out of Missouri.”
The high school is located in St. Louis.
The interstate lacrosse will expose the Skiers to prep programs that are decades old with deep histories.
“These program have been around for years and years,” Goerne said. “And each area (of the country) has a little different style to their game.”
Plus, he said, the Skiers will have a chance to play in warm weather and sunshine — a treat considering Colorado’s weather for spring prep sports.
In addition to the lacrosse in Florida, the Skiers also plan to enjoy some spring break fun at Disney World.
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