Tiger boys’ lax rolls in league opener
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High head coach Michael O’Neill said it’s pretty simple: If you don’t shoot, you can’t score.
“I always tell the kids that I’m not going to pull anyone for shooting; I’m not going to get mad at a good shot,” the coach said.
Well, Friday against Durango, there wasn’t much O’Neill could’ve gotten mad about.
The Tiger boys’ lacrosse team had 10 different players score goals in a 15-2 route to open up Mountain League play at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium.
“We’re pretty good, I guess,” O’Neill said with a laugh. “I liked the fact a lot of guys scored, and we were able to get a bunch of guys in at the end. It was nice to see.”
Junior attackman Dylan Horan led Summit in the game with five points off a goal and four assists. Seniors Sam Dudick and Shamus O’Neill each had three goals and an assist in the game, and Zach Dobson had four points as well.
Perhaps more impressive than Summit’s offensive dominance was the team’s excessively stingy defense.
Starting defenders Sonny Magrino, Kyle Metzger and Brian Metzger kept the Durango attackers to the outside and punished their opponents with a number of big hits. Really, goalies Brady Sandsmark and Garrett Towsey didn’t have much to worry about the whole afternoon, as the Tigers didn’t allow a single shot on goal until just over six minutes left in the third quarter.
Durango, meanwhile, had its hands full with the speedy Summit offense.
Midfielder Brandon Major got the Tigers on the scoreboard less than two minutes in, and Dudick scored two goals in a 17 second span to push the lead to 3-0 midway through the first.
Grant Peterson, O’Neill, Horan and Dobson all added goals before halftime, and the Tigers had the game well in hand with a 7-0 advantage.
I think we’ve been working together for a couple years now and we know each other and where we’re going to be,” Horan said of what makes the Tiger offense so effective. “We just have to keep our heads up and look to make the pass.”
The scoring barrage continued in the second half. While Dudick, O’Neill and Dobson all added to their totals, freshman George Gruber and senior Jon Gutierrez each scored in the third.
Brandon Metzger and Kyle Peterson both added goals in the fourth.
Durango managed to score twice late in the game once Summit had made whole-sale substitutions, but the visitors never staged anything remotely close to a rally.
“They’ve been outside twice because of all the snow they’ve gotten down there this year,” O’Neill said of Durango. “You could see it, they were rusty.”
The Tigers (4-1, 1-0) don’t have much time to gloat about the victory. They are right back in action today at 11 a.m., when Grand Junction comes to The Mine.
O’Neill said there’s not too much for his team to think about heading into its second league game.
“I just tell them to do what we do, move the ball down the side, don’t be selfish,” the coach said. “And If you have a shot, take it.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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