Aspen High boys lacrosse 2.0 advances to 2-0
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School boys lacrosse 2.0 is now 2-0.
The Skiers, in their second game under new interim head coach David Miller, pulled away from visiting Summit High School on Wednesday afternoon for a 16-3 victory at Aspen School District Stadium.
The Skiers started slowly but surged in the second half with 10 goals against the Tigers.
Eight different Aspen players scored as the Skiers improved to 5-2 in the Mountain League, 5-4 overall.
The win came on the heels of a 21-1 victory at Montrose on Monday, the first game under the new coaching hierarchy.
“With the coaching change, it’s been different for us,” said Aspen senior Burke Daily, who scored three goals against Summit. “But the captains have really stepped up, and we’ve been playing as a unit. Obviously, it shows for us.”
Daily started the scoring for Aspen with a rocket shot from the right side, assisted by RJ Peshek, with 9:17 to play in the opening quarter.
Reece Cohan and Jonathan Wells also scored in the first period.
Summit’s Brendan Greenburg scored the first of his three goals as the Tigers closed to within 3-1 entering the second period.
The Skiers’ lead stood at 6-1 at halftime after a penalty-filled second period.
“We started out rough in the first half,” Daily said. “But in the third and fourth quarters, when we stopped getting penalties, we really hit our stride.”
Daily added two second-half goals for Aspen.
Wells also scored three times as did teammates Peshek and Jordan Hornburg.
Ladd Taylor and Conor Burrows also hit the scoring column in the Aspen victory.
“We wanted to make a statement,” said Daily, the son of Allison and Arthur Daily. “We’re trying to finish strong.”
Greenburg scored all three goals for the Tigers, including the first goal on a Summit man-advantage after an Aspen penalty.
His second goal also came on a power play for Summit.
Keegan Moore of the Tigers also blasted a number of shots, turned back by Aspen goalie Rennie Tucker.
The Aspen penalties, particularly one for an illegal stick, left the Skiers’ new head coach reflective after the second win under his watch.
“It was one of those days,” Miller said. “Deep down inside, I’m not happy with the outcome of the game today. I think the kids could have played a lot better.”
He said the team has to tighten up on-field play, citing the penalties and mistakes.
“Having a 3-minute unreleasable (penalty) for a stick is unacceptable,” Miller said. “That’s game preparation.”
He said he was pleased with the Skiers’ effort as they embark on the second phase of their season.
“I think the trajectory we are on right now is good,” Miller said. “We’re not where I want to be … but the trajectory is good.”
Summit fell to 1-10 overall, 1-6 in the Mountain League with Wednesday’s loss in Aspen.
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team will host Vail Mountain School at 4 p.m. Friday at Aspen School District Stadium.
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