Tiger girls’ lacrosse rally to top Conifer
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FARMER’S KORNER – After falling behind 5-3 at halftime, the Summit girls’ lacrosse team looked to be in trouble against Conifer.
The visiting Lobos were dominating play, controlling the ball in the offensive zone, and if not for a number of point-blank saves from Tiger freshman goalie Chelsea Christianson, the score may have been more lopsided.
Once play resumed in the second half, though, it was a whole different story.
Senior Bri Barto and sophomore Haley Anderson combined to score four straight goals for the Tigers in the first five minutes after the break, and Summit never relinquished the lead again, eventually holding on for a 9-8 win at home Wednesday.
“We are a good second-half team,” SHS head coach Kristin Elliott said. “We like to bring it after halftime.”
And they certainly did.
Barto and Anderson both finished the game with four goals apiece, and senior Jaclin Limone had the other tally for Summit.
It was the Tigers’ second win in
24 hours after beating Aspen 9-7 on Tuesday. Elliott was pleased to see her team play so strong after a grueling win the night before.
“We played great,” Elliott said. “Two days in a row – that’s pretty good we still had the intensity to play.”
The Tigers had their share of struggles early on, though.
After Anderson tied the game at 1-1 a little more than five minutes into the game, Conifer rattled off back-to-back goals and continued with constant pressure on the Summit defense.
Christianson made two impressive saves on in-close shots right after the goals to keep the deficit at two.
And after two goals from each team, the Tigers still trailed by a pair at halftime.
Then the offense exploded.
Barto and Anderson would trade off scoring for the last 25 minutes of the game, each netting three goals in the second half.
Although Conifer made a late rally to cut the score to 9-8 with a 1:14 remaining, Summit’s defense kept the Lobos from creating any more chances.
“The defense is really improving a lot,” Elliott said. “They made some big plays for us.”
Hannah Barton, Jamie Thomson, Emily Bilenduke and Chloe Dudick were the anchors for Summit’s back line, and Elliott credited them with the team holding on for the win.
After back-to-back thrilling wins, the Tigers (7-3) don’t have much time to enjoy the taste of victory as they are back in action today at home. Summit takes on Mountain League foe Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. at The Mine.
“Tomorrow, we’re just going to come out and go after it and see what happens,” Elliott said. “They’ve got to bring it.”
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