Aspen girls lacrosse loses game of catch up to Castle View in playoffs
It was a game of catch up, and that’s not an easy game to play in the playoffs.
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team hosted Castle View/Douglas County in the first round of the state tournament Wednesday, falling 12-8 at the AHS athletic field.
A lightning delay caused the game to be started about 30 minutes after originally scheduled.
“We started out strong and then they kind of got the upper hand,” Aspen coach Jessica Owings said. “There were just some really critical moments that added up. It is what it is, but we are really proud of the girls for as far as they’ve come.”
The Skiers, seeded No. 13, were hoping to win a playoff game for the second consecutive season. The game started well enough, a goal by junior Caroline Moriarty making it 1-0 in AHS’ favor less than two minutes into the game.
CVDC answered with back-to-back goals to take a 2-1 lead before Aspen’s Jordan Fox tied it at two goals each. Each team added yet another goal, Aspen’s coming from Haley Heinecken, and it was 3-3 only 10 minutes into the game.
The back-and-forth affair turned one-sided when Castle View ended the first half with four straight goals to take a 7-3 lead into the break.
“We had a timeout where we really talked about momentum and gaining that momentum, because the gap was never too wide,” Owings said. “It was always within reach. The girls did stay positive.”
Fox scored again right out of the break to make it 7-4, but three goals was as close as the Skiers could get the remainder of the game. Birthday girl Jane Marolt also scored for the Skiers in the second half, as did freshman Charlotte Howie — twice — and senior Mackenzie Miller. But Aspen could never dig into the deficit enough to really threaten, even though it stayed within striking distance until the end.
CVDC (11-5 overall), the No. 20 seed, will face No. 4 seed Chaparral in the second round. Chaparral had a first-round bye.
Aspen finishes the season 8-8 overall.
“We had some games that were all within reach this season. All we can do is improve for next year,” Owings said. “I think we are going to be putting a good team out on the field next year.”
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