No Flukey: GJ forward scores six goals in victory
The Grand Junction girls lacrosse team is still getting certain things together.
Heading into their first game, the team had only had its jerseys for a few days, and coach Kathaleen Recker was still adjusting to a game she played in college.
But when all was said and done on Thursday at Canyon View Park, the Tigers had no problem getting their first win, a 13-10 victory over Eagle Valley.
“We were nervous going in, but we’ve been working hard, so I think they did really well,” Recker said. “Especially toward the end, we were just trying to keep the ball settled on the offensive end and run some plays. We were able to do that and I think that made the difference.”
Grand Junction was led by Santana Martinez and Amy Flukey, who both played on the Grand Valley team last season. The duo combined for eight goals, including a double hat-trick by Flukey.
Trailing 1-0 a few minutes in, Martinez scored the Tigers’ first goal, and shortly after had an assist on Flukey’s first goal.
From there, the two teams went back and forth. Flukey ran the offense, scoring three more goals before the half was up, with the Tigers holding a 6-4 lead.
In the second half, Grand Junction upped its offensive tempo, and started the half with a three-goal run.
“We didn’t really want to wear out (early) and we couldn’t see the score, so we just started picking it up,” Flukey said. “We didn’t really want to just play it safe.”
Thirty seconds into the half, Morgan Armbruster scored her first goal of the game. The Tigers then added goals from Emma Lefebre and Flukey to take a five-point lead.
But Eagle Valley didn’t give up, scoring five quick goals, including three from Kayla Gagnon, to tie the game at 9-9.
Looking for a spark, Flukey provided it, scoring past Eagle Valley goalie Jamie Dumott to take a 10-9 lead.
“It’s just having confidence once everybody gets shaken up,” Flukey said. “If a couple of people just hold it together, then everybody will make a comeback. You just kind of have to maintain your composure, even when they’re down”
Armbruster added another point, and after an Eagle Valley goal, Lefebre scored her second of the game to give the Tigers a 12-10 lead before Martinez scored the final point of the game.
“We just dug deep and we knew we wanted it, so we just went for it,” Martinez said.
In goal, the Tigers had Holly Meer, who was a backup on last year’s Grand Valley team and saw 20 shots come at her in the game.
“She did awesome,” Recker said. “I think she was nervous about it, but I think she stepped up and did a good job.”
Grand Junction will play against Summit on March 27.