Tiger boys’ lacrosse gets 17-3 win in first-ever home game
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Midway through the second quarter, it looked as though the Summit High boys’ lacrosse team was in for a long night. The Tigers – after leading by three goals early on – clung to a slim 4-3 lead after Bishop Machebeuf scored back-to-back goals in a 40-second span.
The Tigers had lost the momentum, and it looked as though the visiting Buffaloes could play spoiler in the first-ever home game in Summit High lacrosse history.
Looks can be deceiving, though.
Summit rattled off 13 unanswered goals and cruised to a 17-3 win, marking the first lax victory at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
“We came out a little bit rusty, which is expected early in the season,” SHS senior Sam Dudick said afterward. “Then it looked pretty good at the end.”
That may be a bit of an understatement.
After giving up that third goal to Machebeuf, the Tigers allowed only one opposing scoring chance the rest of the game, while the offense exploded.
Senior midfielder Shamus O’Neill led Summit with six goals in the game, three coming consecutively in the third quarter to help the Tigers pull away.
Dudick and fellow senior attackman Michael Daniels each had three goals apiece.
“I think we played awesome,” O’Neill sad. “Any time you beat a team 17-3, that’s a pretty solid game, I’d say. I thought we played well as a whole team – defense, goalie, middies, offense, we played great.”
Despite only a few days of outdoor practice, the Tigers made few errors in the season-opening win.
O’Neill got Summit on the board less than a minute into the first quarter, and freshman goaltender Garret Tousey made a couple key saves to keep Summit ahead.
Then Brandon Major scored for the Tigers, and Dudick added a pair of goals to stake Summit to a 4-1 lead.
After Machebeuf answered with two straight goals, the Summit offense got rolling.
Daniels, O’Neill and Dudick all added another goal before half, and the Tigers wound up with the lopsided win.
Dylan Horan and Zach Dobson each added Tiger goals in the second half, while Grant Peterson scored two of his own.
SHS head coach Michael O’Neill said the win was a good start for his team, especially for his defense.
“We’ve got some good athletes on our D,” the coach said. “(Machebeuf) didn’t have a whole lot of fire power, though.”
“It was a little sluggish at the beginning, then we did some good things out there,” O’Neill continued. “It was sloppy, but, 17-3, you can’t pull too many hairs.”
O’Neill did say his team will have to play better for next week’s game against Golden.
For now, though, the players are savoring the historic win.
“It was pretty fun having fans out here,” Dudick said. “It was a little weird to actually play at home.”
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