Girls lacrosse: Slow start dooms Aspen
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – By her own admission, Aspen girls lacrosse coach Lauren Riddick said her team did not come ready to play Friday and did not take visiting Durango seriously.
“Because they’ve won all their games, I guess they didn’t realize they have to still go out and earn it,” Riddick said. “This was disappointing.”
The Demons scored two goals in the game’s first five minutes and, fueled by five goals from Jessie Ransford, cruised to a 10-3 victory, handing the Skiers their first Mountain Conference loss.
This match was lopsided from the outset. Little more than 90 seconds after the opening faceoff, Siena Gumbiner knifed through the middle of the Aspen defense and went low for the goal. Three minutes later, after a host of accurate passes around the perimeter, Tymbree Hawkins found an opening in front of the net and stretched the lead to two.
Later, Ransford connected twice in a three-minute stretch, prompting an Aspen timeout 11 minutes, 48 seconds before halftime.
“All credit goes to Durango. They were the much better team,” Riddick said. “They were tough in the midfield, had a lot of athletic players and they had a great defense.”
A Skiers offense that scored 11 or more goals in their previous six games – all wins – struggled mightily to generate open looks against a swarming Demons defense. Their lone first-half score came 1:15 before the break, when senior Olivia Porcaro sprinted past a host of Durango players in transition, swooped in and scored before landing hard on the turf.
The Demons led 5-1 after 25 minutes. They continued to pad that lead early in the second half.
Gumbiner juked a defender and scored on a runner at the 21:12 mark, then Ransford all but put this game away with back-to-back connections, giving Durango an 8-1 advantage.
Shannon Turbidy and Libby Dowley scored down the stretch, but Aspen could pull no closer than six.
“Obviously, we’re going to need to make some adjustments to beat them,” Riddick said. “We need to make better decisions.”
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Winter sports practices were officially allowed to begin last week, Jan. 18, after the Colorado High School Activities Association was given a variance from the state’s health officials. Games were allowed to be played starting this week.