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Summit Lax off to 5-0 start

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” One new coach, 50 million raindrops, five games, five wins.

It was quite the opening weekend for the Summit Lacrosse boys high school club team last Saturday and Sunday at the Carbondale Tournament in Glenwood Springs. The Tigers outscored their opponents by a combined 40-6 margin over two days, the first of which featured a driving rainstorm.

More than any statistic, however, one game told the story of the team’s potential.

When Summit met Durango in the final game on Sunday morning, both the Tigers and Durango were unbeaten in four games. What’s more, Durango beat Summit all three times the two met last spring, and first-year Summit head coach Jay Beckerman knew there would be no better measuring stick for this year’s squad than Durango.

Summit got two goals from star attackman Braxton Campbell and a goal apiece from Jeff Montepare and Tucker Shelden, en route to a convincing 4-2 win. The Tigers jumped on top 4-0 then held off their feisty foe in the final quarter to complete the perfect opening weekend.

“It was more than just for the tournament,” said Beckerman, 27, a former player at the University of Colorado who took over for Jeff Echols when Echols moved to Texas. “It was definitely about redemption and proving ourselves.”

Suddenly, Summit looks like it could be almost ready for Colorado’s high school heavies. In Glenwood the Tigers featured balanced scoring, sterling defensive play and a goalie, Matt Peoples, who has quickly become one of the best in the mountain region.

Ten players scored for the Tigers: Shelden and Campbell led the way with nine goals apiece; Montepare had seven; Jimmy Keeling finished with five; Rudi Turrin tallied three; Michael Dudick and Max O’Neill had two apiece; and Tommy Moles, Brad Zimmerman and Drew Crangle each scored once.

On defense, Summit is led by veterans Danny Caamano, Taylor Miller and Pat Bigelow. Brock Barto provides solid long-stick help, and Spencer Thomas and Shelden generally control the faceoff circle.

Last weekend’s games marked the first time Summit had played or practiced on grass this season.

Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at

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