Prep lacrosse playoff doubleheader in Aspen today
The Aspen Times
Aspen School District Stadium will be lacrosse central today.
The stadium will host two high school lacrosse state playoff games — a pair of first-round matchups for the Skiers.
The Aspen girls lacrosse team is scheduled to host Pine Creek from Colorado Springs at 4 p.m. today at Aspen School District Stadium.
The Aspen boys lacrosse team will host Air Academy at 6 p.m. today as the Skiers open their quest for a second consecutive state championship.
The games originally were scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
However, Aspen High School athletic director Jay Maher told the Aspen Times this morning that the starting times had been moved to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the request of CHSAA.
The Aspen boys (9-6) were seeded No. 11 in the 16-team Class 4A state lacrosse bracket. Air Academy (9-6) is the No. 6 seed. Air Academy must travel because Aspen is a league champion. The Aspen-Air Academy winner will take on the winner of No. 15 Vail Mountain School at No. 3 Conifer.
The boys second-round game will be Friday.
The Aspen boys enter today’s game coming off three key wins in a row — over Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Battle Mountain. The 10-5 win over the Huskies secured the Mountain League championship for the Skiers.
Air Academy enters with a 50-goal scorer in senior Jake Thornally, who also leads the Kadets with 42 assists.
They also have four other players with 20 or more goals this season.
Air Academy finished third in the Pikes Peak League behind Valor Christian (12-4) and Cheyenne Mountain (12-3). Air Academy lost a 14-13 overtime decision at Cheyenne Mountain two weeks ago.
The Kadets’ most recent game was a 9-8 loss to Class 5A Legend last weekend.
In girls lacrosse, Aspen (10-5) was seeded No. 15 in the 24-team 4A/5A bracket. The Skiers will host No. 18 Pine Creek (13-2) in the first round.
The Aspen-Pine Creek winner will take on No. 2 overall seed Mullen (12-3) in the second round on Saturday.
Aspen, coming off the Mountain League championship, is pace by a balanced offense with five scorers totaling more than 20 goals.
Senior Kelsey Fitzgerald leads the way with 40 goals for Aspen.
Brooke Pisani has totaled 27 goals. And Caroline Moriarty, who leads the team with 25 assists, has potted 26 goals.
The Aspen girls will face a Pine Creek team that has won six consecutive games, including a 14-5 win at Rampart last weekend.
The Eagles of Pine Creek finished third in the Southern League this year behind Palmer Ridge and Cheyenne Mountain.
Pine Creek’s two losses came against those two schools.
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