Catfight: Fruita Wildcats rough up Tigers, 8-7 |

Catfight: Fruita Wildcats rough up Tigers, 8-7

Geoff Mintz
summit daily news

The Summit High boys’ lacrosse team was apparently still on spring break as it faced off against Fruita at home Friday afternoon.

With clumsy play by the opposing goalie and the Wildcats controlling the ball most of the game, the final score of 8-7 would suggest a closer matchup than actuality.

A couple bright spots for the Tigers was the play of the Mitchell Stashide and Tyler Nelson, said head coach Karl Barth, and the entire third quarter in which the Summit outscored Fruita 4-0.

Asked what worked for the team in that quarter and didn’t work the rest of the game, Barth said, “We played. We gave a crap. And we hustled. That’s about it. We didn’t change anything.”

The Tigers came out sluggish and found themselves in a 4-2 hole at halftime. Aided by scorers Sean Farley, Blake Horan, Ben Daniels and Evan Feldman, Summit went on a four-goal tear in the third to pull ahead by two.

But it didn’t last long, as the Wildcats sank in their teeth to open the fourth with two goals of their own.

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Horan made it 7-6 off a patient play with good ball movement, but it proved to be Summit’s final goal of the game, as Fruita came back to even things up on a nice field-long fast break.

The Wildcats sealed the deal with roughly 2:30 left in the game, winning the faceoff and then being greeted by a lifeless Summit defense around the net. Fruita was able to kill the clock from 1:47. The Tigers got one last shot with 15 seconds remaining, but the inbounds pass was intercepted.

“Obviously, we’re still sitting on a beach in Mexico,” Barth said. “It looked like we got out of it, then we gave it away. You can’t give it away to a good team. It’s tough to take a week off, but it’s more mental than physical.”

Summit slipped to 4-7 on the year.

The team is set to take to its home field again today at 11 a.m. versus Grand Junction, which should be comparable to Fruita – or a bit stronger, the coach said.

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