Aspen High girls lacrosse to open season Friday against Chatfield
Led by senior captains Mackenzie Miller and Juliette Woodrow, the Aspen High School girls lacrosse team is hoping to build off last season’s historic playoff win.
“Last year we made it to the second round of state playoffs, which was a program first,” third-year AHS head coach Jessica Owings said. “I think it would be great to break into the top 15, but for how long we’ve had a program, I think we’ve done a really good job.”
The AHS girls lacrosse program, established in 2010, won its first playoff game last spring, an 11-10 win over Pine Creek. The season ended in the second round with a 19-3 loss to No. 2 seed Mullen, a state semifinalist.
The team has recorded double-digit wins each of the past three seasons, including last year’s 11-6 campaign. Aspen enters 2017 with internally high expectations, despite receiving no votes in the preseason poll by chsaanow.com.
“We are hoping for a similar or even better outcome this year,” Owings said. “We got a lot of great girls.”
The Skiers open the season at 4 p.m. Friday against visiting Chatfield. The game will be played on the AHS athletic field.
Chatfield, which with four votes would be ranked 12th in the state entering the spring season, went 6-9 last season. As recently as 2014, the Chargers went 17-1, their only loss coming to eventual state champion Air Academy in the semifinals.
“We haven’t played them before and I don’t know much about them, so I’m excited to see them,” Owings said. “It’s early in the season for everybody, so it will be interesting to see where they’re at and where we’re at.”
Aspen is scheduled to open league play on Monday at Fruita Monument. The Skiers went 7-0 in league play last season.
The Aspen boys lacrosse team is scheduled to open its season Saturday at Steamboat Springs.
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