Summit’s offense heats up in lopsided win
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER -The sub-freezing temperatures and driving winds may have had some fans in the stands – and certainly some players on the visiting sideline – wondering why it was such a great thing the Summit High girls’ lacrosse team finally played its first-ever home game Friday.
For the Tigers, though, things couldn’t have been better.
While the visiting Valor Christian squad looked frozen in place all night, the Summit offense was anything but cold. The Tigers had six players score two or more goals and cruised to a 19-2 season-opening win at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
“I guess we have to expect this kind of weather,” SHS senior Kelly Joyce said after the win. “It started out less windy and less cold, and we got used to it. We did a good job concentrating on what we needed to get done.”
Joyce, Ivey Marshall and Haley Anderson each scored four goals in the lopsided game, while Casey Farrell, Chloe Dudick and Codi Seaboldt added two apiece. Kenady Cummings also scored for Summit.
The win was made even more impressive by the fact the Tigers were playing with a mixed lineup of varsity and junior varsity players. Many of Summit’s regulars had not participated in five practices prior to Friday’s game and, by CHSAA rule, weren’t allowed to play.
“I can’t wait to get the rest of the varsity team out there with us,” SHS head coach Kristen Elliott said, “but we did a great job with a combined team.”
Elliott was impressed with her team’s aggressiveness in the game, which a created a slew of turnovers and Summit scoring opportunities.
“We are a very athletic team, and they’ve all been playing for years, since middle school,” the coach said. “We need to make sure to play our game, though, and not get caught in the other team’s game.”
It was obvious early on that Valor Christian’s lengthy drive from the Denver metro area was for not.
Valor scored the game’s first goal only 15 seconds into the first half, but Summit immediately responded with goals from Joyce and Anderson. And before the game was 10 minutes old, Joyce added two more goals to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
The Tigers rolled from there.
“I am really pleased with Kelly Joyce, because last year, she played defense and now she’s playing offense,” Elliott said. “It’s great to see her put in the effort (to switch), and she played great tonight.”
Tiger goaltenders Rachel Lawlis and Chelsea Christiansen combined for the win between the pipes.
Summit (1-0) plays again March 13 against Green Mountain. The tilt is slated to start at 11 a.m. at The Mine.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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