Wildcats come alive, down Glenwood Springs lacrosse team
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Having erased a 3-0 deficit with three unanswered goals, Glenwood Springs appeared to be figuring Fruita Monument out.
Not so fast.
From the moment a goal by Glenwood’s Drew Halsch knotted up Saturday’s lacrosse tilt between the Demons and Wildcats until the final buzzer, it was all Fruita.
The Wildcats responded to Halsch’s tally, which went up on the board early in the second quarter, by scoring four unanswered goals and 14 of the game’s final 16 scores for a 17-5 victory at Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood.
“We’ve got some really good offensive middies and attacks,” Fruita coach Mark Young said. “A lot of these guys have been playing about five years on this team.”
Ethan Gridet scored six goals, Wyatt Allen three and John Heil and Willie Stephens two apiece as the Wildcats came alive in a big way.
Drew Halsch scored four goals and had an assist to lead the Demons, who dropped to 1-3, both overall and in the Mountain League. Cole Kloster chipped in with three assists.
“We played a really strong first half,” Halsch said. “I guess our defense kind of broke down. When we got on offense, we played a really good offensive game. We were able to pass the ball real well. They just stopped quite a few shots.”
Fruita rotated Cody Vonfelt and Kyler Hanson at goalie, and the tandem combined to make nine saves.
“Both our goalies stand out,” Young lauded. “Cody does a wonderful job. Kyler does a wonderful job.”
The Wildcats are new to the Mountain League this year after last spring playing with Grand Junction, a team consisting of players from Grand Junction-area schools.
Grand Junction remains in the league this year, filling its rosters with players from Palisade, Grand Junction and Grand Junction Central high schools.
Fruita improved to 2-0 on the young season. The Wildcats will host Steamboat Springs next Saturday.
Glenwood has a two-game week ahead. The Demons will host Grand Junction on Tuesday and Summit on Thursday.
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