Boys lax: Aspen hosts state semifinal today
The Aspen Times
One more time.
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team is looking for another win, one more historic win in an historic season.
The Skiers, the No. 1 seed in the state playoff bracket, will host No. 5 Dawson School of Lafayette at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Aspen School District Stadium in the Class 4A state semifinals‚ the first time a state lacrosse semifinal game has been played in Aspen.
The Skiers are seeking a berth in their first state championship game — which will be played Friday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos.
First, there is the Aspen-Dawson rematch with state championship dreams on the line.
The Aspen-Dawson winner will take on the winner of the semifinal between No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (14-3) at No. 2 Valor Christian (17-0) in the state championship.
The 4A state title game is scheduled for Friday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos.
The Skiers advanced to the state semifinal with a second-half surge and a 20-7 win over Windsor on Friday afternoon. Eight different Skiers scored as the Aspen boys lacrosse team improved to 15-2.
Dawson advanced with a comeback 12-10 win at Battle Mountain last week. The Mustangs are 11-6 heading into the state semifinal showdown in Aspen.
Aspen and Dawson played a nonleague game earlier this season. The Skiers used a trademark second-half surge to edge the Mustangs 18-12 in a back-and-forth thrill ride. Tyler Tick scored a game-high eight goals and added an assist for the Aspen boys, who led only 6-5 at halftime.
Each time the Skiers extended the lead slightly, Dawson answered with a rally as play continued through the second half.
Jesse Rosenblatt of the Mustangs scored twice in succession to pull the Mustangs to within 14-12 with 3:58 to play.
But Aspen found the final answer in the midseason showdown: The Skiers scored four consecutive goals in the final 3:17 to clinch the 18-12 win over Dawson.
Rosenblatt led Dawson with four goals. Gavyn Pure added two goals and five assists in the earlier game against the Skiers.
Chase Brown scored three goals and added an assist. Hunter Watts also scored for the Mustangs.
Harry Ferguson, Burke Daily, Jonathan Wells — among others — also tallied goals against Dawson School.
The Skiers, coached by Mike Goerne, opened the state playoffs with a 17-2 victory over visiting Englewood early last week.
Dawson School kicked off the playoffs with a 20-5 win over Summit High School.
Wednesday’s other state lacrosse semifinal will feature No. 2 Valor Christian (17-0) against No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (14-3). They will play Friday at Valor Christian in Highlands Ranch.
Valor Christian stopped No. 7 Ponderosa 16-6 in the state quarterfinals.
Cheyenne Mountain defeated rival Air Academy 11-9 in the other quarterfinal lacrosse game.
A huge crowd is expected Wednesday at Aspen School District Stadium as the Skiers bid for their first appearance in the state championships lacrosse game.
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