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Blizzard of goals for Aspen girls lax

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen's Libby Dowley gets ready to catch the ball in front of the Eagle Valley goal Tuesday afternoon. Teammate Lizzie Ecclestone (12) works from behind the goal in the Skiers' 16-0 victory.
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The Skiers started with an avalanche of goals.

And they finished in a blizzard.

The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team opened the home season Tuesday on an early spring afternoon that started with players in customary uniforms — skirts and short sleeves.

The Skiers’ dominating 16-0 shutout victory over visiting Eagle Valley ended with players in warm-up pants and hoodies.

“This was a confidence-builder,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said in the driving snowstorm that had turned Aspen’s green turf field into a slippery white carpet.

“We were able to get everybody in the game … we got everybody touching the ball. It gave us a chance to work on the things we’ve been working on (in practice) since Saturday,” Riddick said after watching the Aspen offense strike quickly against the Devils, who were playing their first game of the season.

The Skiers, who had dropped two road games in Grand Junction last weekend, attacked the Eagle Valley goal with a vengeance after the opening whistle, scoring four goals on five shots in less than 2 minutes.

Midway through the first 25-minute half, the Skiers had posted eight goals.

For the record, Nina Christiansen scored Aspen’s first home goal of the season.

Mackenzie Miller followed immediately with goal No. 2.

Brooke Pisani scored back-to-back goals in the Aspen run that also saw scores from Libby Dowley (2), Kendall Anderson, Juliette Woodrow, Sarah Chiles, Shannon Turbidy, Kelly Tick and another from Christiansen.

Once the score hit 10-0, the Colorado prep rule calls for a continuously running clock.

Then, with the snow intensifying right after halftime, the teams played a weather-shortened session.

Hannah Clauss was in goal for the Skiers in the home shutout.

“Big thanks to the … guys who plowed the field for us to get started,” Riddick said after workers had to clear the field after Monday night’s snowfall in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. faceoff.

“We’re glad we played (in the snow),” she said. “I wish we could have played longer, but …”

She said the Skiers rebounded enthusiastically after losing to Fruita Monument (13-10) and Palmer Ridge (17-6) in a pair of games in Grand Junction.

“I think we’ve got a lot of players with a lot of potential,” Riddick said of the 2014 Aspen girls lacrosse team. “The more we play together and practice together … go through situations together, the better.”

The Skiers will travel back to Grand Junction for Friday and Saturday games against Durango. They will play at 4 p.m. Friday and again at 11 a.m. Saturday.

dstrode@aspentimes.com


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