Make it a dozen wins for Summit Lax boys
ASPEN – With balanced scoring and sensational goaltending again the story, the Summit Lacrosse high school boys club team won two more games last weekend to defend its status as the top squad in the mountains.The Tigers, whose only loss came at Durango when they were missing some top players, are now 12-1 on the season.Summit opened last Sunday’s two-game run in Aspen with a dominating win over Eagle Valley, 9-0. Six players scored at least one goal, with usual suspects Braxton Campbell (three goals) and Jimmy Keeling (two) leading the way.Rudi Turrin, Tyler Reinking, Michael Dudick and Tucker Shelden all scored one apiece, and Campbell added a trio of assists to continue his onslaught on opposing nets this spring. Shelden, Keeling and Dudick each tallied one assist to go along with their goals.On defense, Danny Caamaño and Eric Davis helped protect goalie Matt Peoples, and Brock Barto led the team in ground balls.For his part, Peoples secured his third shutout of the season in net for Summit, though his best performance of the weekend was still to come.The day’s second game saw Summit eke out a 4-3 win over host Aspen, in what Summit coach Jay Beckerman called “one of the closest and most intense games played this year.””Aspen stubbornly defended their home field, playing extremely physical and focusing on shutting down our star attackman, Braxton Campbell,” Beckerman said.Campbell still managed to score a goal, as did Keeling, Dudick and Turrin. Dudick and Keeling each added an assist.With Campbell bottled up, Shelden took control of the offense, Beckerman said, and eventually made the play that led to Turrin’s winning score.Summit’s defense allowed only five shots on goal the entire second half, which began with the two teams knotted at 2. The Tigers killed a crucial man-disadvantage late in the fourth quarter to seal the win.Peoples was a wall in net once again; Beckerman called him the MVP of the game.Nick Springer played especially well at long stick middie, as well, the coach said.The Tigers will take their traveling entourage (Beckerman said the team continues to get incredible fan support) on the road once more this weekend, to the Eagle Valley Invitational in Edwards.Next Wednesday, May 17, the club hosts its first home game of the year at 5 p.m. at Kingdom Park.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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