Summit High School girls lacrosse find cause to celebrate, despite loss |

Summit High School girls lacrosse find cause to celebrate, despite loss

Emily Carlson attempts to get shot off during the Tigers 12-4 loss to Pine Creek on Wednesday.
Leo Wolfson / Special to the Daily |

Wednesday night’s game was a time of last opportunities and memories for the Summit High School girl’s lacrosse team. It was their last home game of the year, and a special night to honor the team’s two graduating seniors. On the field before the game, captain Emily Carlson and Genna Hillier were given special introductions and were presented with a bouquet of flowers from their parents. It was an end of an era for both, who have played on the Summit team for all four years of high school.

After introductions, the Tigers let out a mighty “Summit hooraa!” and took to the field.

Their opponent was the 7-6 (3-3) Pine Creek Eagles of Colorado Springs. On paper it looked like a difficult game for Summit to win: a matchup against a team with a much better record and many more seniors. However, with emotions riding high for Summit from the pre-game ceremony, anything seemed possible.

Summit scored first with a quick shot from sophomore Kenady Nevivosi that snuck past the goalie into the upper left corner.

Unfortunately for Summit it was their first and only goal of the half as Pine Creek would go on to score six unanswered points to take a 6-1 lead going into the half.

Summit was able to keep Pine Creek scoreless for over four minutes to end the half, but the Eagles dominated time of possession; keeping Summit from getting quality looks at the goal and developing any kind of offensive rhythm.

The Tigers came out with great energy after the intermission, evenly exchanging goals with Pine Creek for most of the second half. It wasn’t until the last 4:50 of the game that Pine Creek started to pull away, scoring the last three goals of the game en route to a 12-4 final.

Nevivosi led the Tigers with three goals, while Shay Calhoun led the Eagles with three of her own.

Despite the disappointing result, the team showed resolve afterwards with smiles and an overall positive attitude in their post-game meeting.

The Summit High School girl’s lacrosse team has a family first attitude, and it’s clear that unity means more to this team than any win or loss.

“Tonight’s game brought some nice closure, and I just think overall that this team has really started to come together,” said the senior, Carlson, who scored one goal.

“We played as a team and that really embodied the Summit lacrosse way,” said senior Genna Hiller.

The 3-10 (1-6) Tigers may have lost on the scoreboard, but on this senior day, they were winners at heart.

Summit will finish off their season on the road against Valor Christian and Golden.

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