Seniors help Wildcats top Tigers in lacrosse
Kyler Hanson and Cody Young’s last high school lacrosse game will be unforgettable.
The Fruita Monument High School seniors upended Grand Junction 7-6 in a non-league game on Wednesday night at Walker Field to cap the Wildcats’ season with four consecutive victories.
“It was big for our seniors,” Fruita coach Mark Young said. “Cody Young and Kyler Hanson are the only two left from the original first team. Will Grey, Alec Henricksen and Ryan Hautzinger have been here since day two.”
It was the final game for seniors Antonio Pestello, Ben Steele, Nick Fischer, Alex Brahmsteadt, Colter McKenzie, Tyler Armstrong and Josh Bestle as well. Hanson, the Wildcats goalkeeper, made 10 saves in the victory.
“I was real nervous,” Hanson said. “They have good shooters, but we got on their sticks and didn’t let them get many shots.”
Sophomore Aiden Woomer led the Wildcats with three goals, including the game winner with 7:18 left in the game. Wyatt Allen, Pestello, Young and Hautzinger also scored for Fruita.
“I ran down as hard as I could,” Woomer said. “We came out ready to play them. We weren’t going to lose this time.”
Fruita Monument (10-5), which has scored 51 goals in its past four games of the season, built a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with goals from Wyatt Allen, Woomer and Pestello.
“We put in a whole new offense last year after our first game against (the Tigers) and we beat them the second time,” Young said. “This year, we switched things around a little and it worked.”
Grand Junction (8-5) answered with three goals, including two from Kris States. The sophomore, who goes to school at Central, led the Tigers with four goals. Evan Mok-Lamme and Luke Olson scored one goal each.
The Wildcats, though, didn’t wilt, scoring two goals in the final 41⁄2 minutes of the quarter for a 5-3 halftime lead.
The Tigers came back strong in the third quarter, scoring three times to tie the game 6-6, but they missed several other opportunities to score.
“We had plenty of shots, but we couldn’t find the net,” States said.
Grand Junction took 26 shots. The Wildcats had 18 shots.
The Wildcats won’t likely make the playoffs when the pairings are announced next week. Twenty-four teams of the 64 boys teams qualify for the state tournament.
Grand Junction, which has two road games remaining, won’t likely qualify either despite sitting in third place in the Mountain League.
“Now, it looks bleak,” Grand Junction coach James States said. “We knew what the game meant. That’s why we didn’t quit.”