Big crowd for Aspen boys lacrosse Friday |

Big crowd for Aspen boys lacrosse Friday

Aspen senior Harry Ferguson looks for an opening in the Skiers' win over Durango earlier this season.
Chelsea Self / Special to The Aspen Times |

Call it an Aspen lacrosse festival.

A large crowd is expected today when two of the state’s top-ranked boys teams line up for an interclass showdown at Aspen School District Stadium.

Aspen versus Grandview.

The Class 4A Skiers are ranked among the state’s top 4A teams.

The Class 5A Wolves from Aurora are ranked among the state’s top 5A teams.

First draw is scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

“We’re looking to have lots of community members out for the game,” said Aspen head coach Mike Goerne, the veteran leader of the AHS boys lacrosse program.

The Skiers, who advanced all the way to the state semifinals last year in the most successful season in program history, will bring a 4-1 record into today’s game against Grandview. The Aspen boys are coming off a big 12-9 win over Kellenberg Memorial during a spring break trip to Long Island. The Skiers also had two scrimmages on the lacrosse trip to New York.

Aspen’s only loss thus far this season is a 16-11 defeat at the hands of Class 5A power Arapahoe.

Grandview will answer with a 6-2 record thus far, including wins over Cheyenne Mountain and Chaparral.

Grandview also played Arapahoe earlier this season, falling 19-9.

The Aspen boys are paced by leading scorers Tyler Tick and Ryan Fitzgerald, both seniors.

Tick has scored 21 goals with five assists.

Fitzgerald, an all-state football player for the Skiers last fall, has 16 goals and five assists.

Senior Harry Fergusion leads in assists with 12. He’s also scored eight goals.

Teammate Jonathan Wells also has eight goals this year. And he’s collected nine assists.

Josh Melton leads the high-scoring Grandview offense. He’s scored 25 goals in eight games with 16 assists.

Teammate Cooper Snowbarger has 24 goals along with 21 assists. Ben Warren has scored 16 goals for the Wolves with six assists.

Parker Reid is the usual starter in goal for Grandview.

Arthur Kelso is the usual starter in goal for Aspen.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Goerne said with an open invite for the 6 p.m. Friday game with Grandview.

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