League title on line for Aspen lacrosse
The Aspen Times
Aspen versus Vail; Vail versus Aspen.
One more time for the conference championship.
The Aspen boys lacrosse team, ranked No. 4 in the state, will host Vail;’s Battle Mountain High School at 4 p.m. today at the Aspen High School field with the Mountain League championship on the line.
The Skiers, 10-1 overall and 7-0 in conference, set up today’s showdown with a 10-4 victory on the road at Class 5A Grand Junction on Monday night.
“We had eight different players score,” Aspen head coach Mike Goerne said. “We spread our offense around.”
He said the Skiers were sluggish to start after the 3-hour bus ride to Grand Junction.
“The first quarter was rough. It was back and forth with a lot of transition. In the second quarter, we settled down. We started playing smart lacrosse,” Goerne said after the Skiers potted four second-quarter goals to lead, 6-3, at halftime.
The Skiers added four more second-half goals.
“Our goal was to push the intensity every quarter,” Goerne said.
He said the Aspen defense was solid in shutting down Grand Junction. The Tigers average 35 shots per game; they had 18 against Aspen on Monday night.
“Defense is about being composed,” Goerne said, emphasizing the teamwork and communication in the defensive zone. “Our guys did a good job staying organized.
“On offense, it was one of those days when we had our heads up,” he said of Aspen’s assists and goals.
Tyler Tick and Ryan Fitzgerald scored two goals each in Aspen’s win.
Harry Ferguson, Casey Hornburg, Colton Robinson, John Heaphey, Matt Sovich and Trey Robinson all scored for the Skiers.
Luke Dohm scored twice for Grand Junction, 6-6 overall, 5-3 in conference.
Zach Kiel and Kris States also potted goals for the Tigers.
“We’re excited (about today’s game),” Goerne said of the matchup against Battle Mountain.
The Huskies are 12-2 overall, 7-1 in conference and ranked No. 8 in the Class 4A.
Battle Mountain is coming off an 18-2 victory over upstart Telluride.
The Huskies beat Grand Junction by a 12-7 margin. Battle Mountain also beat Evergreen, 7-3, and Summit, 14-7, in the past two weeks.
Goerne said the Skiers will be playing for the first conference championship in the history of boys lacrosse at Aspen High School.
“We’re looking forward to the community of Aspen coming out to support the boys,” Goerne said.
After all, it is Aspen versus Vail.
As a team, Aspen finished third overall in its lone home tournament of the fall. The Skiers shot a collective 239, finishing 12 back of fellow 3A powerhouse Colorado Academy (227). Steamboat Springs, out of 4A, shot 225 to take the win.
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