Second half surge lifts Summit girls’ lacrosse team
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FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High girls’ lacrosse team scored nine unanswered goals in the second half, helping the Tigers to pull away for a 15-5 league win over Durango on Saturday.
The blistering second half helped the Tigers overcome an early deficit and earn their third home win of the season at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
“We played a great second half,” SHS head coach Kristen Elliott said after the win. “The first half – I’m not really sure where we were. The second half we picked it up, which was great.”
Senior attacker Bri Barto led the Tigers with six goals and an assist in the game, while freshman goaltender Chelsea Christianson backstopped the Summit win with six saves.
Christianson was forced to make a number of key saves early on in the game, as the Tigers struggled to get anything going. In the second half, though, she had the pleasure of just sitting back and watching as the play went on at the other end.
“It gets kind of lonely back there, but I prefer winning,” she said with a laugh.
That wasn’t a problem early on, though.
Durango scored the games first goal off the opening faceoff, and after Barto tied the game a minute later, the Demons scored two more goals to take a 3-1 lead.
Then Summit went on the attack.
Barto scored again to make it 3-2, before sophomore Noelle Herick finished off a shot on a free position play to tie the score.
The Tigers added three more goals – coming from Barto and fellow seniors Katy Aceto and Jaclin Limone – to take a 6-3 advantage.
Durango would answer, though, with two late goals – including one off a penalty with only 3.2 remaining before halftime – to cut the lead to one at the break.
“We didn’t know how (Durango would) play,” Elliott said, noting the Tigers haven’t played Durango in the past. ” … We might not have thought they were as good as they were. Then we also figured out a little about them with where they were putting the ball and stuff.”
Whatever it was Summit figured out definitely helped.
The Tigers dominated play in the second half, never allowing Durango to generate any offensive chances.
Barto added three more goals in the second half, and Herick scored twice more. Senior Michelle Warpecha, Aceto, Hayley Colvin and Ivey Marshall also scored after halftime.
The win keeps the Tigers undefeated in league play at 3-0, and Elliott liked what she saw from her team on a cold and windy day at Farmer’s Korner.
“Overall, we’re starting to play our game and getting it all together out here on the field,” the coach said.
The Tigers (5-1, 3-0) are back in action Tuesday with a game at Colorado Academy at 4 p.m.
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