Aspen High girls lacrosse falls short in season opener to Chatfield, 9-8 |

Aspen High girls lacrosse falls short in season opener to Chatfield, 9-8

Aspen High School junior Sydney Forster tries to get around a Chatfield defender in Friday's lacrosse season opener in Aspen. Chatfield escaped with a 9-8 victory.
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The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team opened its season Friday with a 9-8 loss at home to Chatfield in a game that started slow but finished with plenty of drama.

“It was pretty low scoring for both teams in the first half. I think both defenses looked pretty good,” Aspen coach Jessica Owings said. “While it was somewhat boring, it was nice to see our defense executing pretty well. Second half I think the girls really had a fire.”

The Skiers trailed 2-1 at halftime, their lone goal coming from senior co-captain Mackenzie Miller with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. The second half turned into a shootout.

The Chargers (1-0) opened the half with two quick goals to extend their lead to 4-1. Still within the first four minutes of the half, AHS freshman Charlotte Howie scored her first career goal on a great feed from junior Caroline Moriarty and the floodgates were open.

Chatfield once again built a three-goal lead at 6-3 and 7-4 midway through the period. Then, Miller scored the first of three straight goals by the Skiers in less than eight minutes — the other two were scored by sophomore Sabrina Turbidy and Moriarty.

The comeback ran out of steam when Chatfield scored two goals in about 30 seconds to take a 9-7 lead with just over four minutes to play.

“We really needed more possessions off the draw,” Owings said. “We executed that for a good run and it would have been nice to have had it a few more times, because when we had the ball we were doing good things.”

The Skiers got one of the goals back when junior Jane Marolt scored on a penalty restart with 2:46 to play. The Chargers killed the majority of the next two minutes with extended possession, but Aspen was able to put together one final push, Howie’s shot in the final seconds ending in the net on the outside of the goal.

“I told the girls to keep their heads up because it was a great season opener,” Owings said. “This is a great way to start the season. We are just planning to improve from here. We got our first conference game on Monday at Fruita. We are really excited for that.”

Aspen (0-1) will play Monday at Fruita to open league play. Next week the Skiers also play Wednesday at Battle Mountain and March 18 at home against Conifer.

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