Aspen lacrosse routs valley rival Glenwood
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen boys lacrosse team spent much of Friday’s season opener “getting the rust off the sticks,” head coach Mike Goerne said.
Consider it all gone now.
In Tuesday’s tussle with valley rival Glenwood Springs, the young Skiers jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. They struck for eight goals in the opening half, six more in the second and cruised to a 14-2 victory – their second straight to open 2011.
“Today it was all clicking,” sophomore Colter Robinson said. “This definitely feels good. We’ve always wanted to be the beasts of the valley, so it was important to get this win.”
Added Goerne: “Their ability to move the ball and find each other set up some good shots.”
Aspen rarely squandered those chances.
Senior Colter Birk kicked off the scoring little more than 1 minute into the game, when he faded toward the middle of the field, loaded a fired a low liner into the Demons’ net.
After Glenwood’s Cam Avery produced the equalizer about 20 seconds later, Birk answered right back with a powerful blast off an assist from Robinson.
The rout was on.
The Skiers scored three times in the final 6 minutes of the first quarter – on shots from Robinson, Connor Quigley and Lawson Pisani.
Daniel Kelso scored in the opening minute of the second, then Joey Vernier connected twice in a 7-minute span to give Aspen an 8-1, halftime advantage.
“We started moving the ball more, and our lacrosse IQ picked up,” Robinson said. “We’re a young team, but if we fulfill our potential we should be good.”
The scoring barrage continued in a lopsided second half. Robinson spun around a defender and scored early in the third, then the Skiers’ lead ballooned to nine when Daniel Schwartz converted as he was falling to the turf.
Little more than a minute later, Robinson found some open space up the sideline on an odd-man rush up field, controlled a pass, paused and went low for an easy goal.
Birk struck once more with about 3 minutes remaining in the third, stretching the lead to 11.
“It comes down to working together well, doing the simple things right, taking care of the ball and communicating well,” said Goerne, who went from 18 seniors in 2010 to five on his current roster. “They’re having fun … but there’s still a lot of experience to be had yet.”
Drake Holley momentarily quelled the Demons’ drought in the first minute of the fourth, slipping a rare shot past Aspen goaltender Daniel Ryerson.
Brendan Wagner restored order with a goal, then Robinson found the net for a fourth time to hand Glenwood a second consecutive loss to open the season.
The Skiers host Battle Mountain at 4:30 p.m. Friday, then Steamboat Springs at noon Saturday.
David Stapleton is the development officer for the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. A product of the club, AVSC sat down with Stapleton for a Q&A session in this week’s Clubhouse Chronicles.