Glenwood gives Aspen a scare |

Glenwood gives Aspen a scare

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – All signs pointed to another blowout.

Playing on its home turf back on March 17, Aspen’s boys lacrosse team rolled to a 15-0 win over Glenwood Springs. The Demons had won just two games game since.

But Glenwood saved one of its best efforts for the final day of its season. The Demons matched Aspen goal for goal in the early going before the Skiers put three unanswered tallies on the board in the second period and held on for a 10-8 victory at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood Springs.

“Everybody steps up for Aspen,” Demons junior Drew Halsch said with a smile. “It’s kind of the rivalry around here.”

Rivalry aside, Glenwood had plenty of pride on the line in taking the field for the final time in 2010. Aspen coach Mike Goerne certainly took notice of the Demons’ spirited effort.

“I credit Glenwood for the amount of heart they showed,” he said. “They came out and played hard. The big quote in lacrosse is, ‘Ground balls win games.’ They challenged us on every ground ball and made us challenge for our possessions and, you know, they capitalized.”

The Demons and Skiers traded goals in the first period, exiting the frame locked in a 2-all tie.

Cody Horn scored early in the second to put Aspen ahead for a brief spell. But Halsch answered moments later.

That’s when the Skiers turned the tide, getting unanswered goals from Bo Writer, Nicky Ufkes and Horn to build a 6-3 cushion.

Halsch got Glenwood out to a hot start in the third period with a goal to close the gap to two, but the Demons would get no closer.

Every time Glenwood seemed to seize the momentum, Aspen would grab it right back with a goal or by controlling possession and, consequently, killing the clock.

Ufkes scored three goals – including a couple of insurance strikes in the third period – as the Skiers improved to 8-4 in Mountain League play. Nick Fuller, Writer and Horn scored two goals apiece and Mike Arresty chipped in with a score.

“Nicky Ufkes stepped up for us,” Goerne said. “He had a great run at attack. … Cody Horn did a nice job on faceoffs, getting us back after every goal, either way.”

Halsch led the Demons with four goals and a pair of assists. Cam Avery put three goals on the board and Jake Bair scored one.

Though Glenwood wrapped its season with a 2-12 record, Halsch saw much in the way of progress as the season wore on.

“We just became more and more of a team,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys, so now that they’re getting in the spirit of lacrosse and learning stuff, learning how to play, we’re getting to be a good team.”

A good team that’s losing just five seniors.

“With our junior varsity, we have 10 or 12 freshmen,” Demons coach Greg Schroeder said. “They have to give themselves a few years to get proficient, before they get varsity quality. They’ll get there and we’ll be a great team once we get to that point.”

Aspen will finish up its regular season with a game at Steamboat Springs on Friday and at Eagle Valley on Saturday.

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