After a strong 15-13 win over higher-ranked Grand Junction Friday, the Summit High School girls lacrosse team’s season came to a close Saturday with a tough 20-4 loss at home to No. 2 ranked Fruita Monument.
“Saturday was a rough game. They’re a well-rounded team,” senior captain Kates Raymond told the Daily. “It was difficult because we played defense most of the game.”
Fellow senior captain Tucker Hackett added, “It’s no fun losing your senior game. We left it all out on the field. That’s all that matters.”
While they would have preferred ending their season on a high note Friday, both seniors said they were proud of their team’s performance this season.
The Tigers finished 5-10 on the year, which Raymond and Hackett said was a big improvement from their 0-14 season the year before.
“We did a lot better than last season,” Hackett explained, commending her team’s efforts all year and a strong senior class. “Last year there was a lot of drama on the team. This year we put that behind us and worked as a team.”
While the two seniors will be moving on to pursue lacrosse in college — Raymond at Colorado’s Adams State and Hackett at Shenandoah University in Virginia — they said that with a strong freshman class the future of their Tiger team is in good hands.
“I think the freshmen are very talented,” Hackett said. “As they get older, they’ll grow up to be great players. There’s a lot of hope for the Summit lacrosse team.”
Raymond agreed. “It makes me excited to see how they’re going to do in the next few years.”
As for the two graduating seniors, they are both looking forward to their futures and continuing their lacrosse careers at the collegiate level.
“It’s kind of bittersweet,” Hackett said Sunday. “I’m so happy that I have the opportunity to play lacrosse in college, but I’m sad to be moving on.”
With graduation less than a month away, Raymond said she’s excited about the fall and playing Division II lacrosse next spring.
“I can’t wait to start this new chapter in my life.”
Both Raymond and Hackett led the team in scoring all season.
In addition to the two captains, the team will also lose fellow seniors Reena John, Hannah Hart, Zoe Halpern, Rachel Barton, Davis Gidney and Kelsey Riordan.