Summit boy’s lacrosse finds first win in a whiteout against Glenwood, 10-7
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Summit vs. Glenwood Springs
Score 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final
Summit 1 4 3 2 10
GSHS 1 3 3 0 7
FRISCO — The Summit boy’s lacrosse team has been off to a rocky 0-4 start after several seasons of significant progress. The main reason for this, aside from weather cancellations and indoor practices, is that the team is very young this year. Only a handful of seniors and juniors returned this season to lead the Tigers.
Scoring goals hasn’t really been an issue, as the varsity team has routinely scored seven or more points in most games this season. However, disrupting their opponents’ offensive possessions and holding onto a lead have been issues.
Still seeking their first win, the Tigers played Glenwood Springs on Thursday. In true Summit fashion the weather was quite unpredictable, as both teams battled through both sunny and near-blizzard conditions over course of the game. At one point, the snow was so thick that Summit athletic staff spent much of the game shoveling off lines during stoppages.
The Tigers got off to a hot start, charging out to a 4-1 early in the second quarter by controlling much of the play and capitalizing on many opportunities. It looked as if the Tigers might run away with the game as they pushed their lead to 5-1, but Glenwood came firing back with three unanswered goals to bring the game within striking distance. The Tigers were unable to step up and play the body while Glenwood’s shooters started to find their groove.
Early in the third quarter, the Tigers then turned it around again as Brendan Greenberg, Vale Hildebrand and senior captain Wil Laidlaw all found the back of the net to put the Tigers back up 7-4.
The second half wasn’t going to be all Tigers, though, as the weather changed and they found themselves suddenly staring into a blizzard, giving the Glenwood squad the advantage with wind at their backs. An unreleasable penalty turned into a nightmare for the Tigers, as over the course of the penalty Glenwood managed to score three times to tie the game at 7-7.
As the weather changed once more, the Tigers fought back and Laidlaw struck again, adding to his team-leading five goals to put them ahead 8-7.
Starting in the fourth quarter the Tigers started to control the game, as Glenwood was unable to keep their emotions in check and the Tigers scored twice for the 10-7 win.
During the Glenwood comeback, it seemed as though the Tigers might fold as they have earlier in the season, like the heartbreaking 8-10 loss to Vail Mountain School on Tuesday. However, they showed resilience and poise and walked away with the first win of the season.
“We finally pulled it together and played a full game as a team,” said senior attackman Greenberg, who finished the day with two goals. “We had good, long offensive possessions and the defense really stepped up, and (that) was the difference getting us the win.”
The Tigers are in action again on Saturday against Thompson Valley at home, where they look to continue their success in a tough non-conference matchup.
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