Aspen girls lax surges past Steamboat Springs |

Aspen girls lax surges past Steamboat Springs

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Kelsey Fitzgerald (21) of the Skiers scoops up the ball during Saturday's game against Steamboat Springs at Aspen School District Stadium. Fitzgerald scored four goals in Aspen's 16-5 victory.
Leah Moriarty / Special to The Aspen Times |

Welcome home, Skiers.

The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team celebrated the first home game of the season Saturday with a resounding 16-5 victory over visiting Steamboat Springs.

The Skiers, who improved to a perfect 4-0 in league play, scored 33 seconds into the game. After winning the opening draw, Aspen sophomore Caroline Moriarty scored for a 1-0 lead.

In the next minute and a half, Kelsey Fitzgerald scored two of her four goals as Aspen controlled possession and dominated shots on goal.

Kendall Knott, a sophomore, extended the lead to 4-0 before Steamboat Springs scored on a shot from Lucy Shimek, assisted by Becky Brown.

Aspen eventually led 10-3 at halftime.

Moriarty started the second half with another goal, and the Skiers outscored the Sailors 6-2 in the second 25-minute half.

Jordon Fox finished with three goals for Aspen. Claire Boronski scored two goals.

Aspen also had goals from Julia Boronski, Alex Hazen, Brooke Pisano and Jozie Willie.

Freshman Livi Carr was in goal for Aspen’s victory.

Steamboat Springs added two goals from Becky Brown, a second from Shimek and one from Abby Vandergraff.

The Sailors fell to 4-5 overall, 3-2 in league play.

Aspen improved to 4-0 in league and 4-3 overall. The Skiers also beat Summit earlier this week 18-2,

“We needed the draw control, and we had that a lot at the beginning,” Aspen head coach Jessica Owings said as heavy rain fell at Aspen School District Stadium. “We’ve been working on some new strategies, and they executed them very well as a team.”

She said the Skiers’ defense and midfield transition also were solid against the Sailors, who had a limited roster with only one reserve player.

“We had lots of energy today,” said Owings, adding that a number of freshmen stepped up and played well in the conference game, which started under overcast skies and finished in a downpour.

“We had seven freshmen in there, and the freshman goalie really stepped up to the plate,” Owings said. “We’re really impressed with Livi Carr.”

The Aspen girls lacrosse team will travel to Fruita Monument on Tuesday before hosting Eagle Valley on Wednesday.


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