LAFAYETTE — It is quite symbolic that the turf at Spangenberg Field at Warriors Stadium is going to be torn up next week and replaced with new state-of-the-art stuff.
For the Centaurus girls lacrosse team under new coach Todd Breithaupt, it accurately represents the dawning of a new era. Though quite successful over the past few years with a handful of amazing players leading the way, Breithaupt is encouraging more team-oriented offense with an overall equal distribution of scoring and passing.
That was no more evident than in Friday's home contest against Rampart, a 12-9 win in which seven different girls scored and there were assists on seven of the eight goals that didn't come from the free position.
"This year in the program, we're really just trying to get back to playing lacrosse, get back to that and get to it by playing as a team," said Breithaupt, the Warriors third head coach over the past three years. "When you look up and down our line, there was good offense, solid defense and great transition play.
"This is our 'season of challenges' ... we're coming together and playing together."
Most teams struggle to find their way immediately under a new coach, and Centaurus has had to recover from an 0-2 start to the season that included a lopsided loss to Mullen to start the year.
But they've bounced back with two wins, holding on against both Cheyenne Mountain and Rampart after gaining big first-half leads. On Friday, it took a couple great saves from Morgan Pittser in the second half, as well as some great ball pressure late, as Rampart (0-4) made it a 10-9 contest with 6 minutes, 57 seconds left in the game.
Sage Ali scored a huge goal off an Andrea Kim assist to stop Rampart momentum, and Delaney Pratt sealed the game with 21.9 seconds left — her third goal set up with a long pass in from Kyra Barnes.
"Even since Monday, we've just grown together so much and it's awesome," Pratt said. "Everyone on the team has serious tenacity, and we've kicked it into high gear lately. The communication and togetherness is great, and we've pushed for these wins."
"We were able to finish, and not only finish but we were able to make a couple of nice, beautiful plays down the stretch," Breithaupt added. "We had some great hustle plays. It's those character wins that we're looking for in the program right now and tonight was one of them."
Campbell Breithaupt also scored three times for Centaurus, and Kim had two goals and two assists. The Warriors also had a decisive edge in draws won in the first half, helping build a 9-3 lead.
Centaurus will host third-ranked Cherry Creek on Monday before their old field gets renovated.
Centaurus 12, Rampart 9
At Centaurus HSRampart (0-4) 3 6 — 9
Centaurus (2-2) 8 4 — 12
Goals — Rampart: Lucy Johnson 4, Nicole Widner 2, Allison Reeves, Mackenzie Fontana, Riley June; Centaurus: Campbell Breithaupt 3, Delaney Pratt 3, Andrea Kim 2, Ariana O'Brien, Sage Ali, Kyra Barnes, Sarah Casey.
Assists — Rampart: None; Centaurus: Kim 2, Barnes 2, Kolby Diemeier, Claire Sullivan, Ali.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Rampart: Katie Casey (50-12-10); Centaurus: Morgan Pittser (50-9-9).