1-2 punch lifts Fruita past TIgers
They were a consistent menace to the Grand Junction defense and inevitably part of Fruita Monument’s suppressing response each time the Tigers thought they’d clawed back into the game.
Alyssa Urban kept finding the net to the tune of six goals and Lindsey Burenheide kept finding open attackers to the tune of seven assists. That’s what Urban and Burenheide do, Fruita girls lacrosse coach Mark Twardowski said.
And the two most common sights for Fruita’s offense Wednesday in its 15-8 Mountain League win came from two of the Wildcats’ senior leaders on, appropriately, Senior Night.
Twardowski added a third senior, Sarah Baker, when he spoke of the senior leadership his team has benefitted from en route to a 10-1 record and a 4-0 mark in the league.
“Those three are the captains, and they’re reliable, and they’re up every game,” he said. “Tonight, during timeouts, I didn’t have to say anything. The seniors did it all.”
Twardowski said this year’s team, which beat Grand Junction for the first time earlier this season, doesn’t need him to say much, period, during games. They do as he asks in practice, then do what they practiced during games.
“They know when to run. They know when to pass,” Twardowski said with a proud smile. “The whole team is very mature, and they’re led by three very mature leaders.”
After Grand Junction pulled within 6-4 on Makenzie Tuttle’s goal with 3 minutes, 42 seconds left in the first half, the Wildcats regained control by scoring three goals, two by Urban and one by Burenheide, to close the half with a 9-4 lead.
The Tigers then opened the second half strong, outscoring Fruita 3-1 in the first 8:28 to close within 10-7.
Again the Wildcats responded. Urban scored a goal with 14:30 remaining on an assist from Burenheide. Then, Burenheide assisted Danielle Oleson’s goal with 12:07 left, putting Fruita ahead 12-7. A little more than three minutes later, Urban scored again. Assisting, of course, was Burenheide.
Burenheide, who has taken on the role of facilitator this season after leading the Wildcats in goals last season, said the Wildcats’ success Wednesday night was a matter of ball movement and cutting.
“With (Grand Junction’s) double team, they were leaving one player open,” she said.
And Burenheide was finding that open player.
Urban guessed four or five of her goals resulted from Burenheide passes, and she said, “She does such a great job sharing the ball. She makes those great passes that are right to you every single time.”
Twardowski singled out one more player for her excellent play: Wildcat goalie Lynzie Kytle, who made nine saves.
“She stopped a ton of shots,” he said. “That was her best game ever.”