Aspen High boys lacrosse opens 2-for-2
The Aspen Times
Two steps forward.
After the first two games of the 2015 journey, the Aspen High School boys lacrosse team is 2-0 with a pair of dominating offensive performances.
With their second consecutive 20-point game, the Skiers defeated visiting Durango 23-2 on Saturday morning at the snow-cleared Aspen School District turf field.
On the heels of a 20-0 win over first-year program Montrose on Friday night, the Skiers will head to Denver for their first major test of the season against Class 5A power Arapahoe.
“I thought we opened up very well, two 20-goal games,” senior Harry Ferguson said after Saturday morning’s spirited victory over the Demons, who were making their season debut. “We’re definitely trying to move the ball around.”
Ferguson had three assists in the opening quarter when the Skiers broke to a 7-1 lead. He finished with five goals in Aspen’s second consecutive home victory.
“It’s nice to get outside, spread out and move the ball around and get ready for our big game Wednesday against Arapahoe,” said Ferguson, the son of Andi and Bobby Ferguson.
The unbeaten Skiers, who reached the Class 4A state semifinals last year, will take on the No. 4-ranked team in Class 5A when they face Arapahoe in Wednesday night’s 4A-5A showdown.
The Skiers, who scored five quick goals in the opening 5 minutes, potted three goals from Ryan Fitzgerald, and two each from Jonathan Wells and Tyler Tick in the opening 12-minute quarter. Wells scored three more times in the second period.
Evan Morris and Jack Cohan also scored in the second period.
Tick added three second-half goals for Aspen, finishing with five on the day. Wells also scored five goals.
Trey Robinson, RJ Peshek, Ferguson and Fitzgerald converted goals in the second half for the Skiers. Fitzgerald had five in the win.
Durango not only played its first game of the season Saturday, but the Demons were able to play outside for the first time this year after Southwest Colorado was hit by heavy snow just as the season began.
The Demons scored in the opening period when Kyle Robinette ripped a low shot into the Aspen goal.
Teammate Enver Djunebekov added a second-period goal for Durango (0-1).
The second period saw a rash of whistles, stoppages and penalties as the game turned physical. Players crowded the penalty area along the sidelines after multiple infractions.
“It is a physical game,” Ferguson said. “We have to learn to deal with it. Down the road, in a closer game, getting involved (in penalty skirmishes) could really hurt us. Composure is everything.”
Ferguson said the Skiers are looking forward to Wednesday’s challenge on the Front Range.
“Arapahoe is the next one; that’s a big one,” Ferguson said. “Hopefully, we can bring it to ’em.”
The Aspen boys lacrosse team will play again at home on March 18 against Grand Junction
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