Early season boys lacrosse showdown in Aspen
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The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team will host a key early season doubleheader today.
The Skiers (2-0) will take on conference foe Telluride in an 11 a.m. match at the Aspen High School turf field.
Then, at 2:30 p.m. the Skiers will welcome perennial state powerhouse Air Academy High School for a match in Aspen.
“They are hungry to play,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said of the Skiers and today’s unique lacrosse doubleheader. He said the Skiers are eager to face a league foe and then test one of the top programs in the state.
“Air Academy … we played them last year. They are a very disciplined team. They are very physical,” Goerne said.
The Skiers are coming off a big 18-4 victory at Grand Junction earlier this week. They hope to carry the momentum of two consecutive victories into today’s games.
“We were surprised by our … ability to score early (in Grand Junction),” Goerne said. “All the pieces were working.”
Aspen led 8-1 early.
“Evan Morris won some faceoffs from the start,” he said. “And our offense … every shot was on net and well placed.”
He said the Aspen defense did an effective job of stopping the Grand Junction transition offense.
“It was our second game, and we were reacting quicker,” Goerne said.
Teamwork and precise passing were the keys to their success in Grand Junction, he said.
Up front, the Aspen attackers scored 11 goals in the Grand Junction win.
The middies added six goals for the Skiers
And defenseman Zach Stone scored.
“That was a really nice goal,” Goerne said.
“Very unselfish play … offensive cooperation,” the Aspen coach said.
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The Skiers opened their fourth season under coach Amanda Trendell on Tuesday, winning 16-5 at Eagle Valley. Standout Kylie Kenny had six goals to lead the way, while her younger sister Michaela had five goals. Bella Haneman had 12 saves.