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).
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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