First-half scoring flurry sends Aspen girls lacrosse past Wildcats |

First-half scoring flurry sends Aspen girls lacrosse past Wildcats

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
Carmen Dowley/Special to The Aspen TimesJunior Libby Dowley crosses behind the Fruita Monument goal and looks for a cutting teammate Saturday at the AHS field. Dowley scored five goals in Aspen's victory over the Wildcats.

ASPEN – After giving up an early goal, the Skiers shifted into high gear.

The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team, trailing 1-0, reeled off six consecutive goals and nine of the next 10 en route to a key 11-7 victory over Fruita Monument on Saturday morning.

The Skiers, who improved to 7-1, hit the goal pipes three times before Shannon Turbidy found the net to trigger an Aspen offense that would score three times in 45 seconds and four times in less than a minute and a half.

Of Aspen’s nine first-half goals, eight included some combination of Turbidy and Libby Dowley, a pair of juniors.

“We’re really confident with each other because we’ve played together for a long time,” said Libby, who scored five goals and assisted on four others Saturday morning. “We have … an inner connection.”

Libby said the Skiers had a good practice Friday before the key Mountain League game.

“We were playing confident, and we were ready to go,” said Dowley, the daughter of Jim and Carmen Dowley.

She scored three times in the first half after curling from behind the Fruita Monument goal.

“It’s been a great season with Libby,” said Turbidy, who also scored five times in Saturday’s win.

Turbidy said she and Dowley went to summer camp together at Northwestern University, near Chicago.

“We learned how to play smart,” she said after applying their lessons at the expense of the Wildcats (2-4).

“If she cuts through, that will give me an open lane (to the goal), and vice versa,” said Turbidy, the daughter of J.B. and Alicia Turbidy. “Or if I get the double (team), I will drop (the ball) to her.”

Along with a fast-break goal from Paige Johnson, the Skiers led 9-2 at halftime after outshooting the Wildcats 22-8.

But Fruita Monument stormed back in the second half, outscoring the Skiers 5-2.

Alyssa Urban scored three times for the Wildcats, who also got goals from Jordan VanderMay and Nicole Twardowski.

Lauren Sullivan scored both Fruita Monument goals in the first half.

“In the second half, we struggled … got a little overconfident,” Turbidy said. “Fruita played on the fact we were dropping balls.”

The Wildcats outshot the Skiers 13-7 in the second half.

“I was a little disappointed with our play (in the second half),” head coach Lauren Riddick said. “I think the girls would be the first to tell you we want to play better than that.”

She said the Skiers need to concentrate on playing a complete game, not just one solid half.

“We were impressed with the play in the first half,” Riddick said.

“We were moving the ball well; we were attacking the goal; we were working well as a defensive unit. And Bella (goalie Isabella Courtenay-Morris) had some great saves to support that defense.”

But, she said, the Skiers will need more when they take on Eagle Valley and Grand Junction next week in two more crucial conference games.

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