The Boulder boys lacrosse team has yet to find the consistency coach Collin Knowles is seeking, but the good news is the Panthers have some games in their back pocket in league play while trying to steady themselves.
Sitting at 3-4 overall, the Panthers improved to 2-0 in the Frotn Range League with a 16-2 rout of Prairie View — a good sign with some tougher competition directly ahead.
They had back-to-back nights of action at Recht Field, and Wednesday's game played out much better than Tuesday's loss against a team from Washington. Perhaps taking a little bit of anger out on the Thunderhawks (1-4, 0-2), BHS built a big lead in the first half and never looked back.
"It was one of those games that when you are up and it's easy to lose focus, but we kept it the entire time," said Knowles, whose team is looking to rebound from a 4-11 campaign in 2015. "We got a lot of guys in tonight for work. We worked for good looks and getting guys in the right spots."
Boulder had no problems on either end against Prairie View, a team that has never had a winning record. They were suffocating on defense, and on offense found ways to work inside 10 yards of the goal that made life difficult on PVHS goalie Tory Valdez.
Connor Fox had six goals to lead the way, but Sage Banashek scored four including a pair in the first 4 minutes, 9 seconds of the contest that helped get the Panthers rolling.
The hosts were up 5-0 after one quarter, 10-1 at half and ate up a lot of time in the second half on each possession while still working on passing and hitting seams in the defense.
Fox is one of the state's premier attackmen, but the Panthers are hoping to get a variety of contributors to be able to compete against the likes of Chatfield, Monarch and Columbine.
Wheat Ridge, though sitting at 1-4 in this early part of the season, is another traditional power that Boulder will contest with directly on Saturday.
"We're finding guys pushing the starters and that's good to see," Knowles said. "A lot of guys are getting involved, and the good news is a kid like Eli Haynes can score four one night and than Sage the next. Boe Gold is coming back from injury and working hard, Christian Adams had a nice goal, Timmy Dolan had a couple. We are trying not to rely on Connor too much.
"Hopefully all of them have four on Saturday."
Boulder 16, Prairie View 2
At Recht FieldPrairie View 0 1 1 0 — 2
Boulder 5 5 4 2 — 16
Goals — Prairie View: Marrujo, Kusek; Boulder: Connor Fox 6, Sage Banashek 4, Eli Haynes 2, Timmy Dolan 2, Christian Adams 1, Ethan Krutek 1.
Assists — Prairie View: Route, Campbell; Boulder: Fox 2, Boe Gold, Banashek.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Prairie View: Valdez (48-16-5); Boulder: Connor Thornton (48-2-6).