Skiers celebrate senior day with victory
The Aspen Times
The Skiers sent their lone senior out in style Saturday.
The Aspen High School girls lacrosse team wrapped up the regular season with a smile-generating 19-1 victory over Eagle Valley on senior day — literally.
The Skiers, coming off a tough loss to Durango on Friday, scored 23 seconds into the game to set the tone for an offensive outburst. That first goal from Nina Christensen came just minutes after Aspen’s Sylvia Tran was honored as the single senior on the 2013 AHS girls lacrosse team.
“Our offense was doing amazing,” said Tran, a defender in the shut-down Aspen defense that limited Eagle Valley to 12 shots. The Skiers countered with 32.
“Everyone played their hardest. It was our last game; we wanted to start off with a bang,” said Tran the daughter of Meiying Li.
She said she enjoyed her role as the one senior on a youthful AHS team.
“It was fun. Last year, there were eight seniors,” said Tran, who will attend the University of Colorado next year..
“I like to mentor the freshmen, be a leader. I try to help them out,” she said, after helping the Skiers to a 9-4 record this year.
The Skiers’ offense got plenty of help against the one-win Devils.
Plenty of goals, too.
By halftime, the smooth Aspen attack had netted a commanding 9-1 lead on 14 efficient shots.
Shannon Turbidy, an AHS junior, scored four times in the first half. She added four more in the second as part of her record-setting goal-scoring this season.
Fellow junior Libby Dowley scored twice in each half, rebounding from a nagging injury.
Sarah Chiles added three goals.
Christensen finished with three. And Kenall Anderson also scored for Aspen.
Morgan Trujillo scored for Eagle Valley.
Aspen had assists from Emma Howie, Claire Boronski, Hannah Dodge, Mackenzie Conner, Turbidy Dowley, Chiles and Anderson, among others.
Turbidy and Dowley put the final touches on the season with blind, behind-the-shoulder shots for scores.’
“We really will feel the loss of Sylvia,” Aspen head coach Lauren Riddick said of her lone senior. “She is a great leader. She is very committed to the program. We’ll miss Sylvia next year.”
She said the youthful Skiers “had a lot of learning moments this year..”
“If you look at the season as a whole, we can take some big things from it,” Riddick said.
She said the team’s commitment was evident all season.
“We had a fun group. We were committed to the program, and we put all this work in to win. But winning isn’t everything,” the Aspen head coach said.
“Enjoying ourselves, playing with integrity and building character are just as important as winning games.”