GJ boys lacrosse team shows its unity in win over Aspen
The Grand Junction High School boys lacrosse team is turning a corner.
Sophomore Evan Mok-Lamme scored a personal-best five goals Friday to lead the Tigers to a 12-5 victory over Aspen in a Mountain League game at Canyon View Park.
“It’s been exciting,” Mok-Lamme said. “We had a lot of people leave last year. I think we started off slow this year, but I think we’re starting to mesh a lot better.”
Luke Olson and Kris States each scored two goals for the Tigers (3-3). Anders Carlson, Ryan Arnold and Harrison Boardwine each scored one goal.
“We’re jelling,” Grand Junction coach James States said. “We’ve been practicing really well. We’ve had a couple tough games. It was just a matter of the offense jelling together. I think we saw that today.
“We had great movement from our attack, Kris States, Luke Olson and Evan. We moved the ball really well, which produces a lot of goals and gets the defense moving. It worked really well today.
“Unselfish ball-handling makes a really good lacrosse team. Those who saw the game today saw that.”
Colter Robinson and Lawson Pisani each scored two goals for the Skiers.
Mok-Lamme, who played three varsity games last season, seems to have found his role. He had two goals this season before Friday’s game.
“The first game (of the season), we were all hesitant,” Mok-Lamme said. “Toward the end of the game, we got our confidence back. We all worked really well together.”
Olson scored the first goal in the 10th minute to get things going. It was assisted by Mok-Lamme.
After an Aspen goal, Arnold scored for a 2-1 first-quarter lead.
States scored on a Mok-Lamme assist for a 3-1 lead less than one minute into the second quarter. Mok-Lamme scored two minutes later for a 4-1 lead.
Aspen cut the Tigers’ lead to two before Mok-Lamme came back with a goal for a 5-2 lead. He added his third goal of the game with 2:23 left in the second quarter for a 6-3 lead. The Tigers led 7-3 at halftime.
The Skiers scored two goals early in the third quarter to cut the lead to 8-5, but Grand Junction’s defense shut them out the rest of the way.
“We’ve normally been running three long poles (defensive players), but today we went with four long poles,” James States said. “We stuck Ryan Arnold at long stick mid(field), which means he can go back and forth on both sides of the field.
“What we were trying to generate there was more ball control on defense. They play tough, stern defense. They have each other’s backs. One guy gets beat, the other guy is right there to help recover and we have a great goalie in Kolton Flick.”
Grand Junction scored three goals in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
“We think we’re better than that record,” States said. “Now, it’s just keeping this tempo going. If we can keep that up, I think the end of the season should be good for us.”