GJ girls win league title in lacrosse

The Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team waited until the very last second Wednesday to win the Mountain League championship.

Brittany Wieseler scored at the buzzer to cap a thrilling 14-13 victory over Aspen to clinch the league title and qualify for the state playoffs.

“It was one of those where you say a prayer and hope it goes in,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said.

The fourth-ranked Tigers (12-1, 6-0 Mountain League) tied the game with less than one minute to play, then finally won the draw, with Santana Martinez getting the ball to Wieseler. The Tigers knew exactly how much time was left, and Wieseler got the winning shot off in time.

“They had a big digital clock,” Recker said. “The girls knew we had about 40 seconds (once they controlled the ball).”

Grand Junction hosts Telluride in a doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday at Canyon View Park to close out the regular season.

Aspen (8-3, 4-2) hosts Battle Mountain in its final game of the regular season on Friday. The first round of the state playoffs is May 11, and Recker is hoping the Tigers will be seeded high enough to host.

Holly Meer came up with 25 saves for the Tigers, who took 29 shots. Kacie Jay led the Tigers with six goals, Wieseler and Emma LeFebre added three apiece and Martinez and Megan Gromke each scored one.

Aspen led 7-6 at halftime, with the game going back and forth the entire way.

“It was the most exciting game ever,” Recker said.


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