Aspen boys lax surges |

Aspen boys lax surges

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team took advantage of its opportunities — especially in the third quarter.

The Skiers surged right after halftime and blitzed visiting Steamboat Springs 15-8 on Tuesday afternoon in a Mountain League lacrosse game at sun-soaked Aspen School District Stadium.

From a 5-5 halftime stalemate, the Aspen boys scored six unanswered goals in the third period advancing to an 11-5 lead entering the fourth quarter, when they tacked on four more scores.

“We were mentally focused in the second half,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “Our team effort came together at a very high level. The guys moved well. They anticipated what was going to happen. And it worked out on both ends of the field.”

A deadly power play helped.

“The big turning point was our man-up (attack), which did an exceptional job,” Goerne said as the Skiers went on the power play after a Steamboat penalty early in the third quarter. “That was one of the best 2-minute, non-releasable penalty (attacks) we’ve ever had. We scored three goals on it.”

The scoring surge started with back-to-back goals from senior Ryan Fitzgerald, and a subsequent goal from Henry Godfrey.

Jonathan Wells assisted on Godfrey’s score, and John Heaphey assisted on Fitzgerald’s second score in the surge.

Crisp passing and movement led to the shots, Goerne said.

“We know the percentages are in our favor if we keep taking the right shots,” he said.

Fitzgerald would add another goal after taking a pass from Harry Ferguson, who also scored in Aspen’s stunning 6-0 third quarter.

Wells, as well, would score on a busy afternoon when he finished with three goals and an assist as the Aspen boys lacrosse team improved to 6-2 on the season.

Heaphey had three assists and two goals in the win over Steamboat.

Godfrey had two goals. Tyler Tick added a goal.

Trey Robinson had a goal and an assist.

And Fitzgerald finished with a game-high five goals.

Willy Gunn paced Steamboat with two goals and two assists.

Jackson Draper also scored two goals for the Sailers (5-4), as did Andrew Williamson.

Zach Rosa scored a goal and had an assist for Steamboat Springs.

Tait Dixon also scored for the Sailors.

“Our defense was patient. We cleared the ball exceptionally well,” Goerne said. “And the offense gave themselves the opportunity to get the momentum going. Once we got the momentum, we never gave it back.”

The Skiers, who were coming off a 16-2 win over Telluride last weekend, will host Ponderosa at 1 p.m. Saturday.

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