Lacrosse: Aspen girls rout Battle Mountain
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – The Aspen girls lacrosse team finished out the 2011 season on a high note Friday afternoon – just two days after a difficult low.
The Skiers surrendered three goals in the waning minutes of Wednesday’s de facto Mountain Conference championship game against Grand Junction, including a game winner at the buzzer.
Afterward, Aspen head coach Meredith Sauder implored to her players to look forward, not back.
The Skiers responded Friday, breaking open a 1-1 game with 5 goals in a 10-minute stretch in the first half. Aspen built a 10-2 lead at halftime and cruised to a 17-6 victory over the Huskies, securing its 10th win this season – double the number it accumulated in 2011’s inaugural varsity campaign.
“You have to let that game go, and it definitely was a difficult one to let go,” Sauder said. “It was nice to come out today and play a sound lacrosse game, the kind you try to achieve every time you’re out on the field.”
Aspen wasted little time seizing control. Following a tying goal from Battle Mountain, Delaney Conner put the Skiers ahead for good with 16 minutes, 45 seconds remaining in the first half; she made a quick first step to shake a defender, cut right in front of the Battle Mountain cage and went low for the score.
Soon after, Shannon Turbidy scored consecutive goals in traffic, Isabelle Woodrow connected from close range and Nevada Crandall scored the first of her two goals, stretching the lead to 6-1.
The Huskies called a timeout. It did little to slow Aspen, however.
The Skiers (10-3) struck four more times in a six-minute stretch, extending their advantage to eight at the break. CoCo Writer scored twice during that stretch; on the first, she soared to haul in an errant pass, then acrobatically turned and fired for the goal.
“We all played really hard [Wednesday], and we knew we had nothing to be ashamed of,” Aspen senior Mary Beasley said. “We wanted to come out today and play as hard as we have all season.”
Aspen did just that, as its lead ballooned to as many as 13 in the second half.
Writer and Conner paced the squad with three goals each while Beasley, Crandall and Shannon Turbidy connected twice. Woodrow, Allie Garrett, Olivia Porcaro, Libby Dowley and Kelly Tick scored once.
“I told the kids that this game mattered,” Sauder said. “This was what would leave a lasting impression for us for the first time we pick up our sticks next year as a group.
“It was a nice, clean game, a beautiful way to end the season.”
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