Aspen boys lacrosse takes care of business
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team took care of business Saturday afternoon against visiting Windsor.
The Skiers, in a cross-state showdown of Class 4A lacrosse powers, bolted away from a close game with a third-quarter offensive explosion en route to a 12-6 victory at Aspen School District Stadium.
The Aspen boys scored five unanswered goals to open the third quarter, turning a 5-4 halftime lead into a 10-4 advantage.
Senior Tyler Tick started the offensive flurry when he scored after taking a pass from senior Jonathan Wells on an out-of-bounds restart.
Aspen senior Trey Robinson potted the second goal in the streak, assisted by fellow senior Ryan Fitzgerald.
Oh, yes — AHS senior Harry Ferguson scored twice in the run, and Fitzgerald scored one of his game-high six goals.
“There’s a lot of chemistry on this team,” said Robinson, who finished with two goals and two assists for the Skiers. “It’s fun when evetyone can get in on the action.”
Fitzgerald, with six goals, added an assist for Aspen.
Ferguson scored three goals and had two assists.
Senior John Heaphey – on senior day – added a pair of assists as the Aspen High School boys lacrosse team improved to 11-2 on the season. The Skiers are 5-0 in the Mountain League.
“It all worked out well today,” Robinson said. “The team is playing well. We’re coming together nicely as the season concludes.”
Robinson’s pass to Fitzgerald late in the first quarter produced an Aspen goal and a 2-2 tie heading into the second period.
Fitzgerald put the Skiers ahead for good early in the second quarter when he scored a quick transition goal, set up by a pass from Robinson to Ferguson, who passed on to Fitzgerald for the score.
Windsor, the top team in the Foothills League, played even in the first quarter on two goals from Hunter Hop.
KC Scott scored for the Wizards in the second quarter.
Teammate Nathan Tucker scored with :06 before halftime on a pass from Scott to pull Windsor within 5-4.
After Aspen extended the lead to 10-5, Clayton Grave scored for Windsor.
The Wizards also picked up a fourth-period goal from Josh Bloss.
Windsor moved to 12-4 overall with Saturday’s loss in Aspen. The Wizards lead the Foothills League at 4-0.
“Playing against teams we don’t normally play is fun,” said Robinson, the son of Suzanne and Rob Robinson.
“Huge week next week. We’ve still got a long road ahead of us,” the AHS senior said.
The Skiers will play at Summit High School near Frisco on Tuesday before hosting the Mountain League championship game next Friday. They likely will face a rematch with Battle Mountain for the top spot in the conference.
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