Grand Junction lacrosse team stays undefeated with win over Summit
The wait is over.
One year after the Grand Junction High School girls lacrosse team lost to Summit in a Mountain League game to determine the league champion, the Tigers got their chance to avenge that loss.
They took advantage of the opportunity and a short-handed Summit Tigers team Saturday, rolling to a 19-6 victory over Summit at Canyon View Park.
“Last year, we were tied with them at half and they ended up beating us and got to go to state,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “This has been our focus the whole year, because we’d like to go to state.”
Grand Junction (3-0, 3-0 Mountain League) scored three goals in the first three minutes to take an early lead and never looked back.
“At first we were intimidated, then we heard they had a tough game (earlier Saturday) against Fruita,” sophomore Kacie Jay said.
“That eased our mind a bit. We wanted to go out and play our hardest.
“We came out like any other game. I’m glad we got the first possession. That’s what we always look for, is the first possession and the first goal.”
Jay scored two of the Tigers’ first three goals and led Grand Junction with six goals. Brittany Wieseler scored four goals and Santana Martinez had three.
“Kacie Jay has come out on fire this year,” Recker said. “She’s amazing. We have so many strong players on offense, but we’re really good with passing it around and setting it up. It’s offense as a unit.”
Summit (4-4, 1-2) scored four of the next six goals to get within one, but Morgan Emmons’ goal in the 17th minute ended Summit’s rally.
Grand Junction added three more goals before halftime and led 9-4.
Jay started up Grand Junction’s offense again in the second half, scoring two goals in the first five minutes for an 11-4 lead. Grand Junction scored eight more times before Summit answered.
“I played basketball so I have that take the ball in, do what you can mentality,” Jay said. “I try to have fun, and scoring is fun.”
By then, Summit, which played with one substitute, ran out of gas in its second game of the day. Summit was limited to 12 shots in the game, five in the second half. Holly Meer made four saves.
“We worked hard on our defense,” Recker said. “We looked really good today. The girls know what their job is there and they’re doing it.
“Emma LeFebre, Anna Wedekin, Megan Gromke and Mallory Pilcher have really worked on their jobs and doing it together. Holly Meer was amazing in goal. I know I can count on her.”
Fruita Monument 10, Summit 9: The Fruita Monument girls gained confidence as the game wore on.
The Wildcats scored two goals in the final minute Saturday to upend Summit at Canyon View Park.
Mikayla Clark scored four goals and Kiani Vogt scored three goals for the Wildcats (2-2, 2-1 Mountain League), including the game winner with three seconds left.
“We were down two most of the game,” Fruita coach Jamie Pietrack said. “It was back and forth. We executed our transition offense and it paid off.”
Katie Heil had two goals and Pam Stevens scored one for Fruita Monument.
Summit (4-4, 1-2) was led by Ivy Marshall with three goals.
Fruita goalkeeper Jennifer Hicks made 10 saves, including one with her bare hand.