Boys’ lax ends season with loss to Wheat Ridge
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The Summit High boys’ lacrosse team lost 15-4 to Wheat Ridge in the first round of the state playoffs Friday, capping an impressive season.
Summit – the 24th and final seed in the tournament – fell behind early to No. 9 Wheat Ridge and couldn’t recover.
“They were a really good team,” SHS head coach Michael O’Neill said of Wheat Ridge. ” … We played tough. We did some real good things, and I’m proud of our kids. A lot of teams, falling behind early, would have gotten down and stopped working, but our kids didn’t.”
Wheat Ridge took a commanding 6-1 lead after the opening quarter. The Tigers would cut it to 6-2 early in the second, but the Farmers finished on a 3-0 run to close the half.
The Tigers received goals from George Gruber, Zach Dobson, Grant Peterson and Dylan Horan in the loss.
Senior Jon Gutierrez and freshman Garrett Towsey split time in the net, filling in for senior Brady Sandsmark, Summit’s regular starter who missed the game due to injury.
The Tigers were also without a number of key defensemen.
“I wish we could have had a full lineup,” O’Neill said. “I’m not saying it was the difference in a win or loss, but it would have been a much better game.”
In the end, O’Neill said, the Tigers simply couldn’t find a way to score on Wheat Ridge’s goalie.
The coach said seniors Sam Dudick, Michael Daniels, Shamus O’Neill, Rick Dreyer and Brandon Major played well in their final games.
Summit ended the season with a 9-3 record. The Tigers finished second in league play to Steamboat Springs but earned an at-large birth into the state playoffs due to their solid record.
“It was a good season,” O’Neill said. “The kids got a lot better and they did some good things.”
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