Burenheide lifts ‘Cats past Tigers

Fruita Monument’s Kelby Johnson, left, and Lauren Gorsuch, right, close in on Grand Junction’s Makenna Tuttle in the Wildcats’ 13-8 victory Wednesday night at Walker Field.

She waits patiently for opportunities. When they materialize, she strikes.

One time it’s a pass to an open teammate, assisting on a goal. The next time she keeps the ball for a crease roll and scores.

Lindsey Burenheide is getting pretty good at being Fruita Monument’s No. 1, the feeder behind the opponent’s net, or what most lacrosse teams call the X position.

Wednesday night the Wildcat senior delivered four goals and four assists as Fruita Monument did something its coach said the Wildcats had not done before: beat Grand Junction in girls lacrosse. The Wildcats triumphed 13-8 in the Colorado Mountain League contest and improved to 4-0 overall.

“She had 50 goals each of the last two seasons, and this year she’ll have a lot more assists, and that’s what we want,” Fruita coach Mark Twardowski said, adding Burenheide’s role changed because of injuries to several Wildcat attackers.

One of those injured attackers, Adrienne Chiapuzio, returned Wednesday to play her first game of the season, and Twardowski said she eventually will be Fruita’s main player at the No. 1 spot. Then, Burenheide will return to her more familiar role as an attacker. In the meantime, Burenheide doesn’t mind the new duties.

“I’m more of a passer than a scorer, and I’m perfectly fine with that,” Burenheide said of her role. “I’m more comfortable with our attack team this year. I don’t feel like I have to score all the time.”

In the Wildcats’ 12-8 win Tuesday against Battle Mountain, Burenheide had eight assists and three goals. The game before that, she had five assists and two goals in a 13-10 win against Aspen.

And the goals are getting spread among at least a half-dozen Wildcats each game, and Twardowski said that’s ideal.

“Our girls play great team ball,” Twardowski said. “They’re unselfish. They don’t mind playing great defense. They embrace playing team ball. ... And they have tremendous team spirit.”

The spirit showed when Grand Junction made a run in the middle of the second half to cut a 10-5 Fruita lead to 10-8. The Wildcats kept their composure and reasserted themselves, scoring the game’s final three goals.

Vanessa Nelson added three goals for Fruita and Alyssa Urban, Nicole Twardowski and Danielle Oleson each scored twice. Amanda Cole led the Tigers with three goals and Kristina Sewell added two goals.

Girls golf

Led by meet medalist Jordan Cherry’s 83 and runner-up Chelsea Peterson’s 88, Montrose easily won the Delta Invitational girls golf tournament at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course.

The Indians finished with 267 strokes and Central was second at 295, one stroke ahead of Palisade. Central’s Sammi Medina tied for second at 88 and Palisade got a 91 and fourth place individually from Erika Pierce.


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