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Girls lacrosse: Aspen smothers Fruita

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jon Maletz/The Aspen TimesSkiers senior Olivia Porcaro chases down a loose ball during Tuesday's game against Fruita Monument at Aspen High School.
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ASPEN – The Aspen girls lacrosse team was in midseason form in the early minutes Tuesday, according to coach Lauren Riddick.

The Skiers (2-1) scored three goals in the first 60 seconds and cruised to an 11-4 victory over visiting Fruita Monument.

Shannon Turbidy corralled the ball on the game’s first faceoff and sprinted uncontested down the middle of the field. Turbidy drew a defender and passed off to Delaney Conner, who flicked home Aspen’s first goal. Ten seconds later, Turbidy followed the exact same route down the field – this time scoring her first of five goals in the game.

Twenty seconds later, Turbidy found the net again.

“They looked like they were in midseason shape at the beginning of the game,” Riddick said of Turbidy and Connor. “I’m not sure we would’ve had that big of an offensive explosion without those two.”

Fruita continued the offensive display, notching its first goal 1 minute, 45 seconds into the game. Aspen responded with three more goals in the next five minutes, capped by a shot from Skiers standout Olivia Porcaro, who was making her season debut after being hampered with a right ankle injury.

“(Olivia) makes a big difference for us – she just sparks us,” Riddick said.

The Wildcats clawed back to cut the lead to 7-4 heading into halftime.

Because of a delayed start, players dealt with colder conditions in the second half.

“With the weather and cold hands, it’s tough to pick up the ball,” Riddick said. “We wanted to see if they could play through it. Toward the end of the second half, they showed that they could.”

The Aspen defense smothered Fruita in the final 20 minutes.

With the win, Aspen redeemed itself after Saturday’s 15-2 loss to Cherry Creek.

“We were looking for this win,” Riddick said. “We wanted them to come out and play well after having a tough game. We were excited and impressed with what they did.”

mappelgate@aspentimes.com


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