Aspen lacrosse team beats Glenwood
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Clearly frustrated after generating little on offense in the first 9 1/2 minutes, Aspen’s Cody Horn decided to force the issue Wednesday afternoon.
He cradled the ball for a moment, then took off, bulling his way past a Glenwood Springs defender on a run toward the goal. Horn fired a low liner, beating Demons goalkeeper Conner Pawlak to break a scoreless tie.
The Skiers lacrosse team followed Horn’s lead. High-powered Aspen erupted for six goals in a three-minute stretch in the second quarter, and four Skiers found the net two or more times in a lopsided 15-0 victory – the squad’s fourth straight to open the season.
The shutout was Aspen’s first in the young program’s history, and helped it avenge an 8-7 loss to Glenwood on home turf last April.
“We began to work more as a team. We were unselfish and moving the ball a lot,” said Bo Writer, who finished with a game-high five goals. “We’ve been working together as a group now for a couple of years. We’re starting to figure it out.”
The senior-laden Skiers have scored 61 goals this season while allowing just nine.
After struggling to penetrate the Demons’ zone early Wednesday, Aspen players decided to take on defenders one on one. Glenwood’s defenders rarely shifted to provide help, and the Skiers capitalized at an efficient clip.
Rex Christensen and Nicky Fuller scored one minute apart to give Aspen a three-goal cushion with 8 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Writer then pulled off a well-executed give and go, feeding Mike Aresty for an easy score.
Writer was rewarded soon after, when Horn won a face-off, sprinted up the middle of the field and found the senior all alone near the far post.
“Everything comes down to the kids are so positive with each other … and no one has been selfish offensively,” Skiers head coach Mike Goerne said. “They just got comfortable with the ball.”
That continued. Nicky Ufkes scored back-to-back goals, then Writer converted once more 3:49 before the half. He wandered out from behind the net, and, when a defender briefly turned his head, Writer fired from a tough angle and managed to hit nylon, extending his team’s lead to 8-0.
While Aspen was clicking, the Demons struggled to produce any scoring opportunities.
“Defense won this game,” Goerne said. “They did a great job of staying alert and forced Glenwood to earn possession time. The offense had a lot of opportunities to play together.”
The Skiers scored five more times in the third quarter – one each from Ufkes, Horn and Pete Aresty and two from Writer. With less than two minutes remaining, Writer fired a shot that bounced right between Pawlak’s legs.
Christensen scored for a second and third time in the final quarter to help Aspen extend its program-best win streak to four. (This season is the Skiers’ second as a Colorado High School Activities Association-sanctioned varsity squad.)
The Skiers hope their string of success continues Friday, when they hit the road to take on Battle Mountain.
“We’re playing really good. After last season, we definitely have high expectations,” Writer said. “When you score a lot of goals and the defense plays well, it’s a win-win for everyone.”
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