Boys lacrosse: Fruita’s ball control does in Glenwood Springs Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — There’s a lot of basic concepts that the Glenwood Springs High School boys lacrosse team is still trying to grasp this season.
Ball control is one of them, and that made all the difference for the Fruita Monument Wildcats at Stubler Memorial Field on Friday.
Brayton Plock and Justin Young each scored three goals for the Wildcats, who controlled possession of the ball for close to three-quarters of the game on their way to a 12-1 victory over the Demons.
“It all boils down to fundamentals,” fourth-year Glenood coach Rick Stevens said. “You really have to work hard to improve those fundamentals. It shows where we are when the ball hits the ground and the other team can pick it up, and can pass and catch and find the open man. At that point, you don’t have much of a chance.
“It’s better than it was,” the coach continued. “But we still have to continue to get better and improve.”
The Demons (0-5 overall and Mountain League play), did show glimpses of that improvement in spurts against the Wildcats (3-3, 2-1 Mountain League). They were able to set up plays and points of attack against Fruita goalkeeper Fox Randall, with many of them coming with Wildcats players serving time in the penalty box. Fruita, however, found ways to regain possession — mostly through ground balls — and got shorthanded goals from Young and David Calvin.
“When we get the ball, it’s good, but we don’t get the ball that much,” Glenwood senior forward Thomas Hooker said. “It’s pretty hard to score when you don’t have the ball.”
Hooker scored the lone goal of the game for the Demons, who managed to get nine shots on goal against Randall. Glenwood goalie Scott Elmore was much busier, however, as Fruita took 26 shots.
The Demons began the game on the attack, however, before Fruita attacker Dru Weihl scored at the 9 minute, 1 second mark of the first quarter to give the Wildcats the lead for good. Goals by Tyrelle Peterson, Plock and Young followed, giving Fruita a 4-0 lead after one quarter.
Glenwood was unable to convert on a power play after Plock made it 5-0 with his goal at the 7:14 mark of the second quarter. Then, after another goal from Young, a penalty by Plock gave the Demons a power play with 1:08 remaining before halftime. Fruita took possession of the ball again, though, and a shorthanded goal from Calvin off an assist from Jacob Lynch gave the Wildcats a 7-0 halftime lead.
Fruita tacked on four more goals in the third quarter — one of them from Young on a shorthanded opportunity — to give the Wildcats an 11-0 lead and start the running clock mercy rule in the final quarter. Hooker’s goal at the 10:12 point of the fourth stanza off a bounce shot past Randall helped the Demons avert the shutout.
“If our measure of success was based on winning, we’d be pretty down right now,” Stevens said. “There’s little things we want to build on bit by bit, but we need to continue to do that.”
Glenwood made a trip to the Front Range to play in a tournament Saturday in Englewood, where the Demons will play three games. Glenwood will continue Mountain League play on Tuesday when it plays at winless Eagle Valley (0-8) in Gypsum.
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