Throw out the records. Forget the league standings. When it comes to rivalry games, such as the boys lacrosse tussle between Fairview and Boulder at Recht Field on Monday, sheer intensity and pride is more at play.
With such bragging rights on the line, the Knights, despite a 3-9 overall record, rode confidence from a three-game winning streak to a 7-6 halftime lead over the Panthers. In a back-and-forth game throughout, Boulder made a few halftime adjustments while opening up a late 12-9 cushion, and eventually held the visitors off by a pair of scores, 12-10.
"Our guys were pretty fired up in the beginning," Boulder coach Collin Knowles said. "We almost had to spend more time settling them down. Once we settled down a little bit, things started going our way."
For attacker Sage Banashek, a hat trick of three goals in the first quarter ignited Boulder's offense early. His two goals in the final 47 seconds of the third gave the Panthers a 10-9 lead headed into the final period.
"That was my teammates, just drawing and dumping," he said. "They were doing all the dirty work drawing the man and then just passing to me at the last second."
Knowles was most impressed by the play of Ben Warn, a freshman.
"Ben Warn was the difference in the game, if you ask me," he said. "He played out of his mind. He was getting every ground ball. He was the difference maker for us. We had some good goalie play. The boys played hard. We knew they were well-coached. Anytime you can beat those guys, it's great."
As for Fairview, a team that started the year in an 0-8 hole has improved immensely. Their freshman goalie, Robbie Annear, playing poised and making eight saves, is a big reason why.
"He's quite a young man," Fairview coach Matthew Kelley said. "He has certainly changed some of the confidence with our team."
"These guys are building game by game. Every single game we've seen them together as a group, the things we track as a coaching staff, they keep improving. These guys are a family."
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Boulder 12, Fairview 10
At Recht FieldBoulder (6-4-1) 5 1 4 2 — 12
Goals — Boulder: Sage Banashek 6, Connor Fox 4, Boe Gold 2; Fairview: Colton Campbell 4, Nathan Bol 2, Quinn Carrigan 2, Bo Hawkes 2.
Assists — Boulder: Eric McCarty, Connor Fox, Boe Gold; Fairview: Quinn Carrigan 3, Rylan Squirrell.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Connor Thornton (48-10-6); Fairview: Robbie Annear (48-12-8).