Girls lacrosse: Aspen routs Steamboat
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Olivia Porcaro admitted that the weight of the moment got to her and the Aspen girls lacrosse team Saturday.
After dominating the first 10 minutes of their regular-season finale with visiting Steamboat Springs, the Skiers watched a comfortable six-goal advantage shrink to just one in the early stages of the second half.
“It finally hit us around halftime that this was our last game. It definitely hit me – I got a little emotional,” Porcaro said. “I tried to take my sadness and turn it into energy.”
The standout senior did just that, and her teammates followed suit. Nina Christensen faked out a defender, sprinted toward the cage and scored with 20 minutes remaining in regulation, sparking a 9-0 Aspen run. The Skiers outscored the Sailors 11-2 in the final half and cruised to a 17-6 victory.
Shannon Turbidy scored six goals and Delaney Conner pitched in with five for Aspen (11-3 overall, 11-2 3A Western Slope), which finished second to Durango in the conference standings but is still in the running for an at-large spot in the upcoming state tournament.
“It was a great senior day – perfect weather and everybody played well and relaxed,” Skiers head coach Lauren Riddick said. “They wanted to play well today. They wanted to be proud of themselves.”
Aspen came out firing on this sun-splashed morning, connecting six times in the first seven minutes. Turbidy, one of the state’s most prolific scorers, found the back of the net four times during that stretch, including one in which she aggressively split two defenders and fired a low liner past Steamboat’s goalkeeper.
Riddick substituted freely in the latter stages of the opening half, and the Skiers offense stalled. The Sailors took advantage, scoring four times before the break.
They pulled to within one with a goal five minutes into the second half.
“For a minute, it looked like this was definitely going to be a close game,” Porcaro said. “When we’re in a situation like that, we usually take control. We know what we’re doing wrong, and we pick each other up and tell each other what we need to work on. Because we hear that from our peers, I think it sticks better and we try harder.
“We definitely picked it up.”
Aspen, which outscored Grand Junction and Battle Mountain 11-4 in the second halves of its previous two games, generated another impressive late-game surge Saturday.
After Christensen’s connection, Turbidy scored off a restart and Libby Dowley converted in traffic in the span of about 90 seconds to give the home team a four-goal cushion with 17 minutes to play.
Later, Conner converted an athletic wrap-around goal, and then Porcaro absorbed bumps from no fewer than three defenders and scored.
The rout was on.
“We worked more on pulling the goalie out, placing shots, moving the ball around more and being smarter on the attack,” Porcaro said. “This was definitely what I wanted.”
Porcaro finished with three goals for the Skiers, who should learn their postseason fate in the next few days.
“That’d be awesome,” Porcaro said of a potential playoff berth. “I’d do anything to be able to play with these girls again.”
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