Aspen girls lacrosse tops Fruita in opener |

Aspen girls lacrosse tops Fruita in opener

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Olivia Porcaro and the Aspen girls lacrosse team picked up right where they left off last season.

The junior scored five goals in last May’s 12-3, season-ending victory over Fruita Monument. In Friday’s season opener against the Wildcats, she found the net six times.

The effort helped propel the Skiers to a 15-7 win.

“She goes with such confidence to the cage,” Aspen head coach Meredith Elwell Sauder said of Porcaro. “Her spirit and competitiveness are contagious. She definitely is a factor in how our team is playing at any given moment.”

Porcaro had help on a warm afternoon in Grand Junction. Freshmen Kylie Davis and Shannon Turbidy combined for six scores, while Mary Beasley, Delaney Conner and Nevada Crandall each pitched in with one.

“It’s exciting for us to have freshmen coming in and being able to contribute right off the bat,” said Elwell Sauder, whose team was 5-5 in 2010 – its first season as a varsity program. “We have over 15 freshmen this year, and all of them are coming with lacrosse experience of two and three years. That’s any coach’s dream.”

Fruita jumped out to an early lead, slipping a shot past freshman goalkeeper Blake Harvey, who was filling in for injured Molly Kandota (ankle).

After some sluggish play at the onset, the Skiers hit their stride and seized control of the game, Elwell Sauder said.

“They didn’t start the game off controlling tempo like they did in the second part of the half,” she added. “The tide turned. We were able to maintain that pace for the rest of the game.

“We changed positions around here and there with a lot of new girls in the mix, and they executed everything we called on the sidelines. It was a very exciting team effort.”

Harvey finished with eight saves for Aspen, which hosts Telluride at 3 p.m. next Friday, then again at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“It was exciting for the girls to have a game within the first two weeks of the season – last year we had a whole month to prepare,” Elwell Sauder said. “It felt great to get out there, and now we have the confidence that we are prepared and are moving forward toward reaching our goals.”

In other action Friday, the Skiers boys squandered an early three-goal lead on the road against Eagle Valley but held on for a 10-7 victory. Aspen pounded the Devils, 20-2, in 2010’s meeting.

Head coach Mike Goerne could not be reached for comment.


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