Demons fall to Skiers 9-5 despite strong second-half comeback
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School boys lacrosse team kicked into the post-spring break season Wednesday afternoon and tried to kick off the spring-break rust.
The Skiers, after an exhausting break that included a game in Southern California, used an explosive first half and held on for a 9-5 victory over visiting Glenwood Springs in a sun-soaked game at Aspen School District Stadium.
“We just didn’t take care of the ball in the second half,” said Aspen interim head coach Tim Spaulding after the Skiers had generated a 7-2 halftime lead. “But that’s on us. It definitely was sloppy in the second half.”
The Aspen boys, the reigning state champions, scored quickly when Henry Godfrey scored the first of his four goals just 55 seconds into the game.
RJ Peshek, on a wicked right-handed shot, extended Aspen’s lead to 2-0.
The Demons stunned the Skiers with a goal from Ben Liotta with 3:41 to play in the 12-minute opening quarter.
An Aspen goal from Jordan Horn, after collecting a Glenwood Springs turnover deep in Demon territory, sent the Skiers into the second period with a 3-1 lead.
Three consecutive goals early and another late in the second extended Aspen’s advantage.
Jonathan Wells scored twice, and Godfrey and Dawson Holmes potted a goal each for the Skiers, who led 7-2 at the halftime break.
After a scoreless third period marked by turnovers and unforced errors, Glenwood Springs mounted a serious comeback bid in the final period.
The Demons outscored the Skiers 3-2 with Glenwood Springs goals from Zach Johnson, Sam Liotta and Joel Rothman.
The score was Johnson’s second of the game for the Demons (3-2).
Godfrey scored his third and fourth goals for Aspen in the final period, and the 9-5 win improved the Skiers’ record to 3-2 overall, 3-1 in the Mountain League.
Rennie Tucker-Muse played in goal for the Skiers.
“We need to a little more stick work,” Spaulding repeated after the Wednesday victory. “Being up that much (at halftime) and not scoring any goals (in the third period) was pretty frustrating.”
But the Skiers will address the stickwork and turnovers at practice as they prepare for two big weekend games — at Steamboat Springs on Friday and at Ponderosa in Parker on Saturday. “We have a big weekend,” Spaulding said. “These games on Friday and Saturday are huge.”
Glenwood Springs head coach Goose Henderson said he was pleased with his team’s response in the second half of Wednesday’s game in Aspen.
“This team got off to a little bit of a slow start,” Henderson said. “But they played hard. I’m proud of them.”
He said the team is focusing on competing with an emphasis on hustle.
“We’ve been working hard on competing,” he said. “We want these guys to compete. That’s what they’ve been doing.”
The Demons alternated Finn Featherstone and Joseph Liotta in goal against the Skiers.
“Both keepers are good. We alternate them as we see fit,” the Glenwood Spring coach said. “Our defense played well; they slid well.”
The Demons will resume their schedule Monday at Steamboat Springs.