Summit boy’s and girl’s lacrosse lose back-to-back matches at home
Summit vs. Eagle Valley, April 6
Score 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Summit 3 3 0 1 7
Eagle Valley 0 3 3 3 9
Summit vs. Aspen, April 7
Score 1 2 Final
Summit 1 1 2
Aspen 12 6 18
FRISCO — This was Summit’s game to lose or win. They chose option one.
On a bright and warm Wednesday — one of the first actual spring-like days of the season, finally, on April 6 — the Tigers boy’s lacrosse team faced an equally matched Eagle Valley team (3-4 overall, 2-3 league) at home. After dominating the Demons for 24 minutes with fast-break goals and a powerhouse performance from Vale Hildebrand, Summit fell apart in the third quarter and couldn’t recoup in a back-and-forth final quarter to lose, 7-9.
The loss puts the Tigers at 1-6 on the season and 1-3 in the 4A Western Slope.
The game got off to a stellar start for the home team. While the Demons were busy eating up minutes with plenty of passing and no nets, the Tigers were making the most of every possession. Sophomore Hildebrand and senior Brendan Greenberg combined for goals on weak solo coverage, putting the Tigers up 3-0 after the first quarter. The Tigers looked cool and calm and collected, like it was payback time for the 5-9 loss to their foes earlier this spring.
The second quarter started with an Eagle Valley goal after less than a minute, followed in the sixth minute with another from Demons speedster Jared Salaz. From there it was more of the same, as the Summit defense again shut down just about every opposing drive — and there were a ton of drives.
About halfway through the second is Hildebrand caught fire and scored his first of three goals in the quarter, giving the Tigers a 6-3 lead heading into the locker room. He ended the game with four goals total, including the hat trick in the second. Oddly missing from the action was sharpshooter Wil Laidlaw, who sent at least four balls over the baseline on wildly uncharacteristic shots.
Then things got… not really ugly, just sloppy and a little disappointing. Eagle Valley owned the third in every meaningful way — possessions, points, passing — but hey, Summit was still in the lead, 6-5, with 30 seconds left in the quarter. They’d been touching the ball again, and Hildebrand, Greenberg and Laidlaw were bound to sneak it past Demon goalie Christian Pates sometime. Only his teammate Salaz struck first with his third goal of the game to tie things up.
In the fourth, the Demons’ questionable time-management strategy from the first made a return — and made the difference. Eagle Valley’s Ben Zuckerman put the Demons ahead by one with six minutes remaining, and then Laidlaw finally found the net soon after to tie it at 7-7.
That was as far as the Tigers got. Salaz sunk another to go up 8-7 and, after several minutes of confused play from Summit, their rivals put the icing on the cake with one more for the 9-7 win.
Summit next plays a tough Valor Christian team in Highlands Ranch on April 11.
Lady Tigers vs. Aspen, April 7
FRISCO — It felt more like practice than a real, live, bona fide game at Tigers Stadium on Thursday, when the Summit girl’s lacrosse team pretty much handed the reigns to a faster and livelier Aspen team (2-4 overall, 2-0 league). Final score: a lopsided 2-18, giving Summit a 2-4 record for the season and a 1-2 record in the 4A Western Slope right before spring break.
The Lady Tigers knew they faced a tough matchup against the Skiers — Aspen often dukes it out with the Battle Mountain girls for the league title — but that isn’t to say a win was totally out of the question. After beating Battle Mountain handily in late March, 12-7, the Skiers stumbled (and stumbled hard) against Pine Creek just a day before the Summit game, losing 3-16 on April 6. Maybe the home team could capitalize on a bruise and battered opponent?
But no, it wasn’t going to happen, not with lifelessly tentative play from just about everyone on the Summit roster. The Lady Tigers started strong with the first goal of the game from junior Maddy Remias, which set the entire team up for a strong first 15 minutes. The team allowed just three goals early on, thanks in large part to tough defense and a few strong offensive drives. But, head coach Merri McKissock was still wary of the storm to come when Aspen finally warmed up.
“Not much was working for us,” McKissock said. “We’ve been working on cutting and passing and it was looking better, and when we were on offense we had a few crisp passes.”
The remainder of the game was all Aspen. From the 15th minute of the first half to the final buzzer, just about every attacker on the varsity roster had a goal: Brooke Pisani, Jordan Fox, Alexandra Hazen, Caroline Moriarty, Jane Marolt — the list goes on. Fox and Moriarty led the team with three goals apiece, most of which came on dominating drives through three or four Summit defenders for heart-stopping shots right in goalie Ella Piecoup’s face. At their fiercest, the Skier front had five goals in less than five minutes.
By the time nimble Summit attacker Kenady Nevicosi put another point on the board halfway through the second, the Aspen offense was playing around with formations and football-style plays, as in an attacker would post up behind the net and call audibles (“Potato!” was one) for her line to crash the goal on command. Or maybe it’s more like a corner kick in soccer. Either way, Aspen was working on advanced plays with synchronized movement while Summit was struggling with the basics, like finding a pulse.
“We just need to want it more,” McKissock said. “Unfortunately, Aspen had five quick balls (in the first half) and we couldn’t come back, but we need to come into every ground ball and every air ball like it’s ours. When we don’t do that they add up, and they added up for a loss today.”
The Lady Tigers next face Palmer (2-3) on April 19 in a non-conference match after a two-week hiatus for spring break.
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