Aspen girls lacrosse returns with victory
The Aspen Times
The Skiers needed only 18 seconds to get back in the swing of things on the lacrosse field.
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team, back on the turf after a week away at experiential education (ex ed), scored on its first possession of the game Wednesday afternoon with senior Libby Dowley hammering a quick shot into the Steamboat Springs goal.
Only 30 seconds later, senior Shannon Turbidy scored the first of her five goals, and the Skiers were off and running against the shorthanded Sailors. Five minutes into the game, the Aspen lead was 6-0 against the Sailors, who had only 12 players — no substitutes at all.
Eleven unanswered first-half goals led to the eventual 16-0 shutout victory for the Aspen girls, who boosted their record to 7-2 and a perfect 3-0 in the Mountain League.
“We got everybody in the game, and we had people who haven’t scored all season score some goals,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said after Wednesday’s dominating victory.
The Skiers bedazzled the Sailors with their perimeter passing and attacking runs which produced goals from 11 different players.
Dowley added a second goal, and the Skiers also collected scores from Sarah Chiles, Ashley Henschel, Else Dodge, Ella Horn, Claire Boronski, Claire Whittingham, Mackenzie Miller, Nina Christiansen and Brook Pisani — unofficially.
Assists also ran the length of the Aspen roster — Turbidy, Chiles, Libby Dowley, Madi Dowley, Juliette Woodrow, Lizzie Ecclestone, et al.
Hannah Clauss picked up the shutout in the pipes for the Skiers, who head into a key conference game Friday when they host Grand Junction (4 p.m.).
“We beat them once before,” Riddick said. “The team has already been talking about how hard it is to beat another team twice, so they know we need to be ready.”
The Aspen girls beat Grand Junction 16-10 on March 18 in Grand Junction. The Tigers are 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain League (pending the outcome of a late Wednesday night game against Fruita Monument.
Friday afternoon’s game is set for the turf field at Aspen High School.
Next week, the Aspen girls will travel to Battle Mountain on April 22.
The Skiers will host Fruita Monument on April 24 before hosting Summit on April 29.
The regular season will end when Battle Mountain visits the Aspen girls on May 2.
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The Skiers’ latest victim was Vail Mountain School on Monday, a 67-47 non-league rout inside the AHS gymnasium. It was the second time the teams had played in less than a week, as AHS also won in Vail last Tuesday, 40-28. Aspen is in position to possibly host a playoff game next week.