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Preps roundup: Aspen girls lacrosse tops Fruita in season finale

Jon Maletz
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kate Dowley/Special to The Aspen TimesSkiers girls lacrosse players and coaches pose for a photo after Tuesday's season finale at Aspen High School.
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ASPEN – The Aspen girls lacrosse team set a simple mid-season goal: Peak at season’s end.

Mission accomplished.

Olivia Porcaro found the net five times in Tuesday’s season finale to lead the Skiers to a convincing 12-3 win over visiting Fruita Monument. The victory was Aspen’s third straight, helping the squad finish out its inaugural varsity campaign at 5-5.

“We knew at the end of this game that whatever taste we had was going to have to last until February 2011,” Skiers head coach Meredith Elwell Sauder said. “We challenged them to go out there and leave the best taste possible.

“The girls played a complete game from beginning to end. It was exciting to watch.”

CoCo Writer and Nevada Crandall each scored three goals and Delaney Connor added one for the Skiers, who led 5-1 at halftime.

Porcaro helped set the tone early, Elwell Sauder said.

“She’s just an aggressive player that goes after everything,” the coach said of the sophomore. “She just kind of commits everything she has to going for the ball. Those kinds of sparks and that kind of energy helps us set the tempo for games.”

Aspen extended its lead in the second half – a stark contrast to this past weekend, when it allowed Durango to cut into its lead late in games on Friday and Saturday.

This time, the Skiers defense bent little down the stretch.

“They truly played like a team, sliding to doubles and being on point with each other,” Elwell Sauder said. “They were very confident and calm, and played with a controlled state of intensity.”

The strong finish should bode well for the program’s future, Elwell Sauder said. Aspen said good-bye to just one senior – defender Molly Keelty, on Tuesday.

“This was an incredible couple days – for the current, for the future, for everything,” the coach added. “It’s wild to think about where we could be in two years. We’re not there yet … but we couldn’t think of anything better than to close like this.”

PEACH VALLEY – Corey Ostrander was dealing, and Basalt produced just enough offense to nail down a 2-1 baseball win at Coal Ridge on Tuesday.

Ostrander pitched a complete game, striking out eight and holding the Titans to six hits.

Rafael Fabela rapped an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning to give Coal Ridge an early 1-0 lead, but Basalt eventually answered with a two-run fifth inning.

Kyp Schoon reached on an error to get things going for the Longhorns in the fateful frame. Ostrander followed with a double and Spencer Glasoner worked a walk.

Kenny Resch took care of the rest, plating a pair of runs with a double that put Basalt on top for good.

The Titans wasted a solid effort on the mound from Cody Walls and Nathan Terrin. The former got the start and worked five innings. Terrin worked the final two frames.

Basalt managed just three hits off the duo.

“That was just two really good pitching performances,” Coal Ridge coach Joe Bledsoe said. “Their guy threw well and Cody threw well.”

jmaletz@aspentimes.com


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