Aspen boys lacrosse to honor seniors today
The Aspen Times
The Skiers found their missing compass.
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team followed directions precisely Monday night in a workmanlike 18-8 victory over Windsor on the field turf at AHS.
Playing in a smorgasbord of spring weather ranging from heavy snowfall to fierce winds, the Skiers found their way back into the win column with an efficient offensive attack and a pesky defense.
“The Aspen boys played exceptionally well,” head coach Mike Goerne said. “We just kept working as a team … through the whole game.”
The Skiers refocused after a difficult loss last week at Battle Mountain, when the AHS boys could not find their way in a key league game.
Not the case against Windsor in a nonleague game.
“We controlled the ball. We weren’t rushed,” Goerne said. “We’re happy to get back to the groove … of winning.”
Happy, too, for an explosively fast start.
Less than a minute into the opening quarter, Aspen’s John Heaphey passed to Jonathan Wells in front of the Windsor goal.
Wells, with an acrobatic between-the-legs shot, found the back of the net for a 1-0 lead as the snow started to fall heavily.
Two minutes later, the quick passing combination of Heaphey, Harry Ferguson and Ryan Fitzgerald produced a 2-0 lead.
Aspen led 3-0 before Windsor’s KC Scott scored on a breakaway.
Tyler Tick added another Aspen goal and Hunter Hopp scored for Windsor, leaving the Skiers up 4-2 at the end of the first period.
By halftime, the Aspen lead was 9-4.
Fitzgerald scored twice, Tick scored again and Heaphey and Wells also scored in the second 12-minute period.
The Skiers, who improved to 12-2 overall, added nine more second-half goals in a rousing victory over Windsor (5-8) — a victory that sets the stage for today’s senior day festivities for the AHS boys lacrosse team.
The Skiers will host Fruita Monument at 4 p.m. today in the final regular-season game at home.
“It’s our senior day,” the Aspen head coach said. “We hope a lot of people come out for our senior day game. Then, we head to Steamboat on Saturday.”
The visiting Wildcats are 4-7 overall, 3-5 in league play.
The Skiers, who had been ranked as high as No 4 in Class 4A, dropped to No. 7 in the chsaanow.com poll after the loss to Battle Mountain.
The Huskies (12-2 overall) are ranked No. 6 in this week’s Class 4A larosse poll.
Steamboat (12-1) is ranked No. 3 in the 4A poll this week. The Sailors lead the conference at 7-0,
Steamboat will play at Summit on Thursday before hosting the Skiers on Saturday.
Wheat Ridge (12-3) continues to lead the chsaanow.com poll.
Ponderosa is No. 2 (12-1).
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