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ADAM BOFFEY
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BRECKENRIDGE ” It’s not every day that the Summit Lacrosse high school boys club team gets to play before a home crowd. In fact, it’s only scheduled to happen twice this entire season.

With only two opportunities to show local fans their true mettle, the Tigers took full advantage of Wednesday’s matchup with Battle Mountain by pounding the visitors 10-4.

“We wanted to prove to Summit County that lacrosse is here,” Tigers attacker Braxton Campbell said. “And it’s here to stay.”

Summit’s club team wants nothing more than to play under the auspices of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA).

“It’s not that we want the school to support us financially, because we can do that,” Summit head coach Jay Beckerman said. “We don’t want the school to give us transportation. The only thing we want from them is to let us into the division so we can be challenged.”

With the exception of Durango, who accounted for Summit’s only blemish thus far, the Tigers have encountered few legitimate challenges this season.

“When we play Durango, that’s an actual game,” said Summit’s junior goalie Matt Peoples, who has recorded three shutouts on the season. “It’s not so one sided.”

The Tigers avenged their lone loss with a 4-2 win over Durango on Saturday.

“We were 1-1 against them before this weekend,” Beckerman said. “To have the rubber match be the championship game of the Mountain Division was huge. The kids were super excited to play a highly competitive game. You could see it in their eyes.”

There was plenty of excitement on Wednesday at Kingdom Park where a huge crowd turned out to see if the Tigers were all they’re cracked up to be.

A 50-minute delay of game, which resulted from a scheduling mishap, only heightened the anticipation of the audience.

Campbell got the action started early by scoring an unassisted goal less then 30 seconds into the game.

The Tigers then proceeded to score five more goals before Battle Mountain finally answered a few seconds before the end of the first half.

Braxton finished with six goals to tie his season high.

The high-scoring sophomore said his team does whatever it has to do in order to get fired up for lowly opponents.

“We just pump ourselves up for these type of games,” Braxton said. “We don’t want to lose to a team that we beat all the time.”

Getting up for Battle Mountain was a bit difficult, according to Beckerman.

“The kids didn’t play their best game today,” Beckerman said. “They had to play down to a team they’ve already beaten two or three times this season,” he said.

Junior midfielder Tucker Shelden, who scored once for the Tigers against Battle Mountain, said the key to success against lesser opponents is to score early and often.

“We like to get a big lead at the beginning of the game so we don’t have to worry about it at the end of the game,” Shelden said.

Summit took a 9-1 lead into the fourth quarter before letting its guard down slightly.

“Our team got a little lax at the end,” Peoples said, with apparently no pun intended.

“But it was still a good win. We got to show the community that we can win and this is no joke. …Lacrosse is here to stay and we’re going to be a high school team sooner or later.”

Beckerman is one that hopes “high school” status is achieved sooner rather then later.

“Our kids we’re bored today,” Beckerman said. “We got three early goals and they were basically saying ‘same old story’. … If we get stuck in this Mountain Division for too long, I think people will start to lose interest.”

The Tigers will soon get a crack at some of the tougher teams in the state.

“We’ll be allowed to play CHSAA teams when the high school season is over,” Shelden said. “The schedule will definitely get harder from here on in.”

Summit will compete in the Colorado Lax Jam this weekend in Evergreen, then host its second home game on Memorial Day against Aspen at Kingdom Park.

Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13631, or at aboffey@summitdaily.com.


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