HENDERSON — Not a win to its name entering Wednesday night's boys lacrosse game, the Fairview Knights were still about as confident as a team can get.
That's what a 1-goal decision against the Front Range League front-runners will do.
Fairview has shown steady improvement each game under new head coach Matt Kelley, and on Wednesday they were able to follow up Monday's 7-6 loss to Chatfield with a 16-4 whooping of Prairie View at PVHS to get their first win.
"(Chatfield) was a tough one and I think it really motivated us to come out and win this one," junior Colton Campbell said. "We all played great as a team (Monday), and I think it inspired us."
"We've had a lot of adversity we've had to overcome the first seven games, but we are back to full strength and we feel pretty good about who we are and where we go from here," Kelley said. "This was the first semi-complete game we've put together and we like the trajectory we're on."
After averaging just four goals a game over the first five contests this season, the Knights (1-8) have scored no less than six in a game since and posted a season high in goals Wednesday.
They let loose on shots early, and although Prairie View goalie Tory Valdez had some good stops that resulted in the Thunderhawks (1-6) getting a 1-0 lead, Fairview eventually found seams in the defense.
Daniel Rahn tied the game up at 1-1 with just 3 minutes, 31 seconds to go in the first quarter and the Knights scored the next nine goals spilling into the third quarter.
Better yet, Prairie View was granted very few opportunities.
"We had to get used to that left(-catching) goalie," Kelley said.
Campbell finished with four goals in his second game of action after transferring from Boulder. Three of his four scores came in the third quarter as FHS gained an insurmountable lead.
Quinn Carrigan had two goals and two assists, Bo Hawkes had a goal and four assists, and Nathan Bol had three goals.
"We're finally starting to find each other's playing style, and that connection is working out great," Campbell said.
Fairview will have a chance to put a win streak together next Wednesday against Lakewood.
Fairview 16, Prairie View 4
At Prairie View HSFairview (1-8) 3 6 4 3 — 16
Prairie View (1-6) 1 0 2 1 — 4
Goals — Fairview: Colton Campbell 4, Nathan Bol 3, Quinn Carrigan 2, Daniel Rahn 2, Rylan Squirrell 2, Bo Hawkes 1, Zach Ramirez 1, Ryan Mattimore 1; Prairie View: Brandon Route 3, Isaac Campbell 1.
Assists — Fairview: Hawkes 4, Carrigan 2, Rahn 1; Prairie View: Joshua Fielder 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Cooper Ross (48-4-4); Prairie View: Tory Valdez (46-15-15), TK Kwatowski (2-1-1).