Aspen boys lax to host Dawson on Wednesday |

Aspen boys lax to host Dawson on Wednesday

Aspen's Ryan Fitzgerald spins away from a Ponderosa defender Saturday during the Skiers' 19-9 victory. Fitzgerald had seven goals and an assist for Aspen. Teammate John Heaphey scored eight goals in the win.
Leah Moriarty / Special to The Aspen Times |

The Skiers issued a lacrosse statement Saturday.

The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team, with an explosive offensive attack, powered past Ponderosa 19-9 at Aspen School District Stadium in a showdown of Colorado Class 4A powers.

The Skiers ramped up the offense in the second quarter after the first ended 4-4.

Aspen potted five consecutive goals to open the second, converting an 11-6 halftime lead into a victory and a 7-2 overall record.

“The great thing about this team is we have so many guys who can score,” said Aspen senior John Heaphey. “If your teammates are moving for you and you move the ball around, the goals will come.”

Heaphey finished with a game-high five goals in the sunny Saturday afternoon showdown against the No. 1-ranked Ponderosa Mustangs.

“We’ve been fighting sickness all season long. I think this is the first time we’ve had the whole team together (healthy),” said Heaphey, the son of Stefani and Christopher Heaphey.

Senior teammate Ryan Fitzgerald scored seven goals and added an assist for the Skiers.

Harry Ferguson, another AHS senior, scored three goals and had two assists in the game that drew a healthy home crowd.

“It’s great to have the fans out,” Heaphey said.

Senior Tyler Tick scored twice and had one assist.

Ponderosa was led by Jack Griffin, a senior who will play lacrosse at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction next year.

Griffin scored four goals and had three assists for the Mustangs (5-4 overall).

His first goal matched Heaphey’s in an early 1-1 tie. Griffin also broke the Mustang’s second-quarter scoring drought with a falling-down shot and goal against the No. 3-ranked Skiers.

Noah Henderson scored twice for the Mustangs, who also had goals from Colby Glick, Carter Manning and Andrew Harkins.

“I thought we played OK, but I think we got outplayed,” Ponderosa coach Patrick Tierney said. “They moved the ball well and operated as a solid team.”

The Skiers will be back on their home field for a 4 p.m. game Wednesday against Alexander Dawson.

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