Boys lax: Aspen beats Alexander Dawson
The Aspen Times
The Skiers issued a statement with a big win over Ponderosa on Saturday.
On Wednesday afternoon, they wrote an overture with a second-half surge and an 18-12 boys lacrosse victory over highly regarded Alexander Dawson School at breezy Aspen School District Stadium.
“We had a good team game today,” said Aspen senior Tyler Tick, who led the way with nine points in the home victory. “The attack and the middies were making great passes.”
Tick scored a game-high eight goals and added an assist as the Aspen boys improved to 8-2 overall. They are 4-0 in the Mountain League.
“I don’t know exactly how we do it, but as a team we’re really good at reacting and playing the right offense to the defense they are playing,” said Tick, the son of Jon and Cathy Tick.
He referenced the Skiers’ ability to answer whenever Alexander Dawson pressed the issue Wednesday.
From a 6-5 halftime edge, Aspen extended the lead to 8-5.
But Alexander Dawson responded with two consecutive goals from Chase Brown to pull within 8-7.
Aspen’s answer was a Tick goal from the right side.
Minutes later, Alexander Dawson closed the lead to one goal on a score by Jesse Rosenblatt, one of his four second-half goals.
Aspen’s answer was a goal by Ryan Fitzgerald, who picked up a loose ball near the Mustangs’ net and converted it into a goal.
Sixteen seconds later, Tick scored on a quick break after taking a pass from Harry Ferguson to give Aspen an 11-8 lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Skiers scored two more goals (Ferguson and John Heaphey) before Alexander Dawson scored two man-advantage goals (Rosenblatt and Gavyn Pure).
Again the Skiers relieved the pressure with a postcard pass from Jonathan Wells to Tick for a goal and a 14-10 Aspen lead.
But Rosenblatt scored twice in succession for Alexander Dawson, and the Mustangs pulled to within 14-12 with 3:58 to play as the Aspen home crowd squirmed.
The Skiers’ answer?
Four consecutive goals in the final 3:17 to seal the 18-12 win.
Wells scored a goal in that stretch to go with a pair of assists.
Ferguson ended with three goals and four assists in the victory.
Fitzgerald potted four goals. Heaphey added a goal and an assist.
Trey Robinson also scored for Aspen. And Burke Daily added an assist.
Rosenblatt led the Mustangs with four goals.
Pure had two goals and five assists.
Brown scored three times and added an assist for the Mustangs, who also collected a goal from Hunter Watts.
Alexander Dawson moved to 5-5 overall. The Mustangs are 2-1 in the Foothills League.
“It’s always good to play like this coming off a good game like Ponderosa,” Tick said. “We solidified the legitimacy of that win with a game like this.”
The Skiers will return to conference play Friday with a game at Fruita Monument.
Alexander Dawson, located in Lafayette, will host Boulder on Monday.
The Aspen girls lacrosse team is scheduled to host league-leading Fruita Monument at 4 p.m. Thursday at Aspen School District Stadium.
Also at 4 p.m. Thursday, the Aspen girls soccer team will host Grand Valley at Iselin Field.
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