Boys lacrosse: Monarch rolls past Dawson for 8th straight win
Puldy, Meehan lead streaking Coyotes
04/25/2012 08:37:17 PM MDT
04/26/2012 09:35:42 AM MDT
LOUISVILLE -- Less than a week ago, Jordan Meehan essentially was a role player for the Monarch boys lacrosse team, a consistent but underwhelming contributor who filled a supporting role for the Coyotes' attack.
Suddenly Meehan is rivaling the production of Monarch standout Nate Puldy, making one of the state's hottest teams that much more dangerous.
Meehan turned in his third consecutive standout offensive performance on Wednesday, teaming with Puldy to lead the Coyotes to a solid 13-6 victory against Alexander Dawson in Northern League play. It was the eighth consecutive win for Monarch, which moved up one spot to No. 8 in this week's Denver Post coaches poll.
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"In the beginning I didn't have as much confidence," Meehan said. "I'm just trying to keep it going and not let all this go down. I'm trying to focus as much as I can. I like to be in front of the goal, but I like to be part of the whole offense. I'm picking up garbage goals, but I'm also shooting from longer distances and scoring."
Meehan recorded three goals and three assists as Monarch led throughout the contest against Alexander Dawson, building on a breakout week that earned the senior the Daily Camera's Athlete of the Week award.
Meehan produced his first four-goal game of the season in a win last week against Windsor and made an even bigger contribution on Friday against Fort Collins, recording six goals and two assists as the Coyotes took over sole possession of first place in the league.
"He's one of the smartest, if not the smartest, kid I've had in all my years," Monarch coach David Auday said. "We didn't lose a quarter to (Dawson). At the same time, once the penalties came in that completely took us out of our flow. But we came out and played Coyote lacrosse early."
Monarch (10-3, 6-0 Northern League) capitalized on a slew of early mistakes by Alexander Dawson, using the Mustangs' repeated turnovers to build a 6-0 lead behind two goals apiece from Puldy and Meehan.
The pace slowed in the second quarter as a rash of penalties robbed the Coyotes of their momentum. After the break, however, Meehan recorded an assist on a Kyle Doner goal and scored one of his own within the first 62 seconds, allowing Monarch to extend its lead to 9-1 early in the third quarter.
"That definitely helped because we definitely were sluggish in the second," Meehan said. "The coaches said 'You know what to do.' Then we went out and scored and kept it going until we got the win."
Monarch faces a quick turnaround, as the Coyotes visit Prairie View on Thursday with an opportunity to complete the conference slate with a perfect record. The Coyotes complete the regular season on Saturday against Wheat Ridge, which is the top vote-getter among the teams outside the state's top 10.
"We need a big win (Thursday), which would keep us as the only undefeated team in the Northern Conference," Auday said. "I know my guys. We're going to come out and bring it. We finish the year with Wheat Ridge, which is a perennial top 10 team. That will be a key game for us in the seedings."
Chase Brown paced Alexander Dawson (6-7, 2-4) with three goals and one assist.
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Monarch 13, Alexander Dawson 6
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Alexander Dawson (6-7, 2-4) 0 1 2 3 -- 6
Monarch (10-3, 6-0) 6 1 3 3 -- 13
Goals -- Alexander Dawson: Brown 3, Marquis 2, Negrelli; Monarch: Puldy 5, Meehan 3, Doner 2, Whitaker 2, Eakes.
Assists -- Alexander Dawson: Brown; Monarch: Meehan 3.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Alexander Dawson: Weiss (48-13-13); Home: Johnson (24-1-5), Malaty (24-5-1).