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Summit girls’ lax swarmed by Golden in opener

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit girls’ lacrosse head coach Kristen Elliott put it simply: If the Tigers don’t get the ball, they can’t score goals.

And that was the problem early on in Thursday’s season opener at home against Front Range-foe Golden.

Summit struggled on faceoffs, had a handful of dropped passes and had few possessions in the first seven minutes of the game – and fell behind 6-0.

Although the Tigers improved as the game went on – matching Golden 5-5 over a 23-minute stretch – they lost 18-7.

“I think we played good. Golden’s strong,” Elliott said. “These girls have huge potential. They just have to keep it going for Saturday and the rest of the season. They can do it.”

All the Summit scoring came from three juniors – Ivy Marshall had three goals, while Kelly Joyce and Haley Anderson had two apiece.

Sophomore goalie Chelsea Christianson made nine saves.

Marshall got her team on the scoreboard with 16:47 left in the opening half, taking a pass from Kates Raymond and burying a left-handed shot past the Golden goaltender.

But the Tigers gained little momentum from the goal, giving up a pair of scores immediately afterward.

When Joyce and Anderson netted their first goals of the game, Summit was still trailing 10-3 at the break.

The Tigers played a strong early part of the second half, though. They controlled the ball in the opening minutes but just couldn’t get a shot past the opposing goalie.

After Golden scored just past the six-minute mark, Anderson and Joyce scored back-to-back goals, capping the team’s best stretch of the night.

“This was a good game to show them what they need to work on in practice and what we need to focus on going forward,” Elliott said. “We’ve got to work on taking care of the ball better and our draw control.”

Summit (0-1) gets back on the field Saturday for a home game against Valor Christian at 12:30 p.m.

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