Lacrosse: Early scoring outburst propels Aspen
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – Aspen High boys lacrosse coach Mike Goerne said his squad is still trying to work on the “small stuff.”
The Skiers sure came up big, however, in Friday’s season opener against visiting Durango. They erupted for four goals in the game’s first eight minutes, led 8-1 at the half and, on the strength of seven combined goals from Brendan Wagner and Harry Ferguson, cruised to a 13-3 victory.
“We came out and the first quarter was great,” Goerne said. “We played very good lacrosse, executed, took care of business and put up a bunch of goals right away. … There was a lot of hustle, a lot of heart.”
Wagner paced the Aspen offense at the outset. The senior ripped a long shot that found the back of the net in the first minute. Not long after, he corralled the ball in front of the cage, paused and fired a low liner for a score.
“We all try to set the tone, move the ball and get it to the open guy,” said Wagner, who recorded a hat trick in the first eight-plus minutes and wound up with four goals. “The effort was unbelievable.”
The Skiers dominated possession for the first 12 minutes, flooding the Demons’ zone and patiently passing around the perimeter. The effort resulted in a host of open looks – and scores.
Ferguson and Gus Gregory connected, then Cole Bond tracked down a long pass and went low to give Aspen a 6-0 advantage heading to the second quarter.
The Skiers continued to produce shots but found the back of the net sparingly during the second quarter. Still, their lead ballooned to 8-0 lead after goals from Ferguson and Wagner.
“The chances are there, the accuracy has just got to follow,” Goerne said. “It’s the beginning of the season, and we’ve got to get the sticks going. Once we start finding the back of the net, the score is going to start going up real fast.”
Durango’s Hayden Siekman momentarily quelled the onslaught 6 minutes, 23 seconds before the break when he slipped a shot from close range into the net. His team would pull no closer, however.
John Heaphy and Bond beat the Demons’ keeper in the first two minutes of the third quarter, then Taylor Tick and Ferguson connected in the first three minutes of the fourth to extend the home team’s advantage to 11 and put this one out of reach.
Henry Woodrow tacked on another goal down the stretch for Aspen, which visits Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
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