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Lacrosse: Aspen boys rout Glenwood

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – It took the Aspen boys lacrosse team just 17 seconds to find the back of net Thursday afternoon. By the end of the opening quarter, it had all but secured a fourth consecutive win.

The Skiers struck for three goals in the first three minutes against overmatched Glenwood Springs, led by six after 12 minutes and never looked back, winning 14-1.

“The nice part about today was that we came out and played great in that first quarter,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “The first- and second-line attack and middies did a great job moving the ball. We were very comfortable working our offense, very comfortable working defensively. … The guys had a blast out there.”

Harry Ferguson kicked off the scoring barrage soon after the Skiers won the opening faceoff, converting a wide-open look mere steps outside the crease. Sharp passing and patience produced easy chances for John Heaphy and Cole Bond, then Brendan Wagner clipped the net with a low liner at the 7:19 mark, extending the lead to four.

Little more than a minute later, Casey Hornburg spun past a defender and converted. Ferguson capped off an impressive first quarter in the waning seconds, when he picked off the Demons keeper’s attempted clear and swooped in for the easy score.

Aspen tacked on two more goals in the second courtesy of Joey Vernier and Heaphy, and led 8-1 at the break.

“We’re diverse this year. We’ve got a lot of guys who can score and create the offense,” Goerne said. “Lacrosse is a game where everybody out there has to be the shooter and be the dodger.”

The Skiers were content to empty their bench during the final 24 minutes, but they still managed to produce three goals in both the third and fourth quarters.

The Skiers have scored 14 or more goals in four straight games and are outscoring opponents 57-12. They figure to receive a much stiffer test today, when they put their 2-0 league record on the line against visiting Battle Mountain (3-1) at 4 p.m.

“The challenge in the Mountain Conference is that if you want to go to the playoffs, you’ve got to be the No. 1 seed,” Goerne said. “Every single game has a lot of weight to it.”

• The Basalt girls soccer team finally found its offense – at least for a few minutes.

The Longhorns scored four goals in a 10-minute span early in the first half Thursday against Grand Valley and hung on for a 4-1 road victory, snapping a two-game slide.

In back-to-back losses to Aspen and Roaring Fork this past week, Basalt (2-2) was held scoreless for 150 minutes.

• Olivia Porcaro appears to have hit her stride. That’s good news for the Aspen girls lacrosse team – and cause for concern for future opponents.

The dynamic senior, making her second appearance of the season after battling a right ankle injury, found the net nine times Thursday in Gypsum. The Skiers jumped out to a 9-2 lead at the half against Grand Valley and rolled, 18-4, improving to 3-1.

Shannon Turbidy and Nevada Crandall each scored three goals, Libby Dowley pitched in with two and Delaney Conner added one for Aspen, which next takes the field at 4 p.m. April 5 against Summit.

jmaletz@aspentimes.com


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