Boys’ lax tops Telluride 15-2
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FARMER’S KORNER – After a hard-fought, grueling game against Green Mountain Friday night, it was inevitable for the Tiger boys’ lacrosse team to have a little bit of let down in a Saturday morning game against Telluride.
It lasted about one minute.
The visiting Miners scored almost immediately after winning the opening faceoff, which seemed to act as a wake-up call for any of Summit’s sleepy-eyed players.
The Tigers scored the next 13 goals of the game and won easily, 15-2.
“I think everyone thought they could just settle in, but that kid came down and unleashed one,” SHS head coach Karl Barth said. “We turned it around from there pretty well.”
Sophomore George Gruber, who missed Friday’s game, led the team with six points off two goals and four assists. Fellow sophomores Sean Farley and Evan Feldman scored four and three goals, respectively.
Junior captain Nick Raymond scored four times, as well.
“We tried to work on stuff we need for later (in the season). We got to try a lot of guys out at different positions,” Barth said. “They did a good job of trying to construct goals and not trying to just go one-on-one.”
Raymond tied the game with 8:06 left in the first quarter off a feed from Dylan Horan.
Horan, who scored five times in Friday’s opener, went down with an apparent back injury just moments later, and Gruber replaced him on the starting attack group.
Gruber set Raymond up with his second goal of the game on Gruber’s first possession playing up front, and then scored two goals to close out the first quarter with a 5-1 Summit lead.
Both of Gruber’s tallies came off long passes from Tiger defenders, Kyle and Brian Metzger, who, on both plays, stripped the Telluride attackers and slung the ball downfield to Gruber.
“It’s nice, because it gives us nice versatility,” Barth said of having defensemen with offensive ability. “And they have some of our best stick skills.”
The second half turned into a vitrual victory lap, as the Tigers cycled players in and out of the game and hesitated to bring the ball toward the cage on offense.
The Tigers (2-0) play at Conifer Monday at 3:30 p.m.
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