Flick solid again in goal as GJ tops Eagle Valley
Kolton Flick stood in his goal and watched Friday as an Eagle Valley attacker prepared to shoot.
As the 25-yard shot headed his way, the Grand Junction High School boys lacrosse goalie twirled his stick between his legs to block the shot. The ball deflected off Flick’s stick into the air and, in one motion, he pocketed the ball, now a foot above his head, and flung it to Marques Combs, who fed Scott Foster for a goal.
Although a mountain of praise has been heaped on the potent offense of the Grand Junction boys lacrosse team, Flick has been a wall in goal.
The senior notched his fourth game surrendering two or fewer goals in the 9-2 win over Eagle Valley at Long Family Memorial Park.
Even in Tuesday’s 10-9 loss to Aspen, ranked second in Class 4A, Flick did so much to keep the Tigers in the game — facing 33 shots — that he was selected the squad’s player of the game. Flick has a season save percentage just above .700, and is on top in the Mountain Lacrosse League with a goals against average of 4.5 per game.
“(Kolton’s) been playing incredibly well,” coach James States said. “It also says a lot about our defense not letting guys in the middle. But to be a goalie, you have to be a little crazy in the head. He’s fearless, works hard in practice and comes to work with the same mentality every day. It’s pretty impressive.”
Against Eagle Valley, Flick didn’t see much action. Despite the relatively low score, Grand Junction dominated possession. The Tigers had multiple possessions longer than three minutes, and wore down Eagle Valley with precision passing.
Grand Junction also won ground balls 35-22. States said personnel and formation changes have opened up scoring opportunities for multiple players, and players such as Foster have taken advantage. Foster scored three goals against Eagle Valley and leads the Tigers with 13 this season.
“We moved Kris (States) back to the midfield and that is generating more looks,” States said. “We’re seeing more goals from a lot of different players. We’re focused on passing the ball this season, and that’s why you’ll see us have three- or four-minute possessions. It’s why we can beat a team 9-2 but still dominate from start to finish.
“We just have to keep playing smart lacrosse and I think we’ll stay on the right track.”
The Tigers are still undefeated in league play, with their loss to Aspen a nonleague match.