LAKEWOOD -- The Centaurus girls lacrosse team has run through the Jefferson County League with the subtlety of a Metta World Peace elbow this season, but some figured Tuesday might be different.
The Warriors were taking on Columbine, the only other squad that boasted an unbeaten league mark.
Turns out, there wasn't much divergence from the norm after all.
The Warriors went on a goal-scoring binge early and scored a dominant, wire-to-wire 21-9 win at Trailblazer Stadium that essentially clinched the league title. Centaurus (9-3, 7-0) can complete a perfect league season with a win against fifth-place Golden on May 3.
"We thought if we could get 'em early and get our team motivated, we could have a good game," Centaurus senior Carley Dvorak said. "Our transition was perfect and all of our shots were great."
Dvorak wasn't kidding.
Duke-bound standout Emma Lazaroff, who this week was one of 22 athletes named to the Under Armour All-America north team, lit it up again with 10 goals.
Dvorak added five goals and three assists while sophomore Sarah Brown (three goals, three assists) also factored prominently.
It's not shocking that the trio combined for the Warriors' first 17 goals, considering Lazaroff has 92 for the season, Dvorak 48 and Brown 46.
"We wanted to put them away as fast as we could, and I think we did a really good job," Lazaroff said. "Carley and the rest of the team just started off great. We got the goals going fast, and the whole team from defense to attack played so much as a team."
The Warriors seem well recovered from their mini-slump of the past few weeks, when they endured tight losses to highly-rated Regis Jesuit, Kent Denver and Air Academy. They lost the three games by a combined five goals but proved they belong in the conversation of the state's elite.
"I think it's almost a good thing that we lost," Dvorak said. "The team is really energized because of it, just because of how close they were. We're out to prove to the rest of these teams that we're still in this."
Columbine (8-4, 5-1) didn't score until more than eight minutes in, a goal by Paige Amme that trimmed the deficit to 6-1. Before the midway point of the opening half, Centaurus had pushed the advantage to 10-1.
Amme's four goals led the Rebels.
"It was a great effort by our girls," Warriors coach Genny Horning said. "I think we all knew it'd be kind of a determining game since we were the undefeated teams. But we still have one more step with Golden before we'll call ourselves league champions."
Centaurus 21, Columbine 9
At Trailblazer Stadium
Centaurus (9-3, 7-0) 14 7 -- 21
Columbine (8-4, 5-1) 3 6 -- 9
Goals -- Centaurus: Lazaroff 10, Dvorak 5, Brown 3, Burns 2, McGiboney 1; Columbine: Amme 4, Secora 2, Thomas 1, Campman 1, Hofmann 1.
Assists -- Centaurus: Brown 3, Dvorak 3, Lazaroff 1, Holmes 1, McGiboney 1, Kirk 1;Columbine: Campman.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Centaurus: Weiss (50-9-5); Columbine: Lisella (50-21-8).