Season Preview: Summit High girls’ lacrosse
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – With a new league, new field and new slate of home games, it’ll be a whole new experience for the Summit High girls’ lacrosse team when it opens play on the new season today.
That is, except for who’s on the roster.
“We didn’t lose that many players, so we still had a lot of returning girls go out for the team,” SHS head coach Kristin Elliott said.
And with that experienced group of girls, Elliott is hoping for a lot this season.
“I feel that if the girls we had from last year play as hard as they can, we’ll have a great season,” she said. “They all know how to play and are doing great. They just need to go out there and play their game, and we’ll be fine. There’s lots of talent on the team.”
The Tigers’ quest for a league title and a spot in the state playoffs begins with today’s season-opener against Valor Christian at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
This isn’t any old home opener for the Tiger girls, though. The game’s opening faceoff will mark the first time any current Summit player has had an official game at Farmer’s Korner.
The snow that so many local skiers and boarders love reeks havoc on the Summit High spring schedule. The old, natural grass field was buried a couple feet deep every spring, and neither plowing nor shoveling were a viable option as it could tear up the turf.
With the school’s new synthetic surface put in last summer, though, the Tigers no longer have to spend hours on a bus to simply play a game.
And for the first time, Summit’s seniors get a chance to show a home crowd what their sport is all about.
“People I think underestimate girls’ lacrosse,” senior center Codi Seaboldt said. “It’s a hard sport, and I think they’ll see that in our home games.”
But, as an experienced member of the team, Seaboldt knows that home games don’t simply translate into wins; the Tigers will have to earn everything they get this year.
“With those home games, though, we don’t want to lose on our home turf,” she said. “It’ll be a good push for us to win more.”
The Tigers switched leagues prior to this season and will no longer have to meddle with any teams from the Front Range. Summit’s schedule consists of games with Aspen, Grand Junction, Fruita-Monument, Durango and Eagle Valley.
Elliott feels those are games her team can win – if the Tigers play to their potential.
“I think our team is a really aggressive team,” the coach said. “They really fight for the ball and try to get the ball. We have girls that have speed and a lot of aggressive girls. A good blend of both.
“And of course, they like to win.”
Elliott said that both Seaboldt and fellow senior Bri Barto will be looked to this season to not only provide leadership but to also produce on the field.
Also, younger players such as Emily Bieleuke and goalie Rachel Lawlis are expected to have big seasons for the Tigers.
For Lawlis, the Summit sophomore feels that the time the Tigers have had on the turf already this season has helped them progress much faster than in year’s past.
“In the gym, the bounces go higher,” Lawlis said of approaching shots. “So, it’s hard going into a game with the bounces being all different than what we practiced. It’s better to be able to see it (in practice) first.”
Seaboldt hopes that, in a season of new experiences for her team, the Tigers can have an unprecedented spring in terms of winning.
“I think we definitely have the potential,” Seaboldt said. “It just comes down to if we execute.”
Today’s game is slated to start at 4 p.m. at The Mine.
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