Summit Lax tops first CHSAA foe of year
EVERGREEN – With a 17-1 record entering last weekend’s Evergreen Lax Jam, the Summit Lacrosse boys high school club team had more than proved itself against the rest of the state’s mountain league teams.Missing from all those wins, however, was a true definer. A victory that said more than any of the others could.The Tigers got that on Saturday. Behind four goals from Braxton Campbell and two from Jimmy Keeling, Summit notched its first win over a Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) varsity team, beating the host Cougars 7-2. Tucker Shelden added three assists and goalie Matt Peoples led another strong defensive showing for Summit, helping the Tigers go 3-1 on the weekend.
Their only loss came in the tournament finale Sunday afternoon, when Evergreen – which has struggled to a 3-11 mark in CHSAA play this spring – rebounded to win 5-4. Nonetheless, Summit’s record now stands at 20-2 on the season, a remarkable achievement even for a team that hopes to be a CHSAA-sanctioned squad itself by next spring.First-year Summit coach Jay Beckerman said the Evergreen coach’s comments during Saturday’s postgame handshake said it all.”The first thing he asked me,” Beckerman said, “was, ‘Are you going CHSAA next year? Because you’re certainly ready.'”Not even Sunday’s heartbreaking 5-4 defeat to the Cougars dampened the thrill of that showcase victory.
“Even after we lost that last game, which was just an amazing display of lacrosse, we really had the feeling that we belonged in that league,” Beckerman said, though he noted that his team was supremely disappointed with the loss. “They’re not used to losing,” he said.The Tigers opened the weekend with a 6-1 win over Aspen on Saturday morning. Campbell scored four times, with Jeff Montepare and Shelden adding a goal apiece. Rudi Turrin chipped in two assists.Next came the convincing win over Evergreen, then, on Sunday morning, a 9-1 thrashing of upstart Foothills Academy. Michael Dudick returned from a concussion to post a hat trick against Foothills, while Montepare scored twice and Max O’Neill, Keeling, Turrin and Shelden added a goal apiece.Shelden and Campbell each scored twice in the rematch with Evergreen on Sunday, and Campbell added two assists. Still, it wasn’t to be as Campbell’s shot in the waning seconds, which would’ve tied the game, sailed just wide of the net.
“The game could’ve gone either way,” Beckerman said.Summit hosts its second and final game of the year Sunday at 3 p.m., when Aspen comes to Kingdom Park.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at email@example.com.
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