BOULDER — After missing out on the chance to grab a banner as Front Range League champion Wednesday, the Monarch boys lacrosse team was not only ready to get back on track Friday — they had the perfect opponent in Fairview to stir up their emotions once again.
The heated rivalry has always been a bruising affair, but for the seventh time in the past eight meetings the Coyotes reigned supreme. This time, in a snowy atmosphere at FHS, Monarch's four third-period goals propelled them to a 10-5 victory.
A point of pride for the team's effort was defensively, but seven different players also scored goals in the win for MoHi, which put them at 11-3 overall on the season and 5-1 in the FRL.
Truth be told, Wednesday's game against Wheat Ridge for the league title ended rather bitterly with a 14-5 loss to the Farmers. Drew Tausen and his teammates wanted to do something about that.
"It was good to come back and get revenge for the way we played last game, and it felt really good to come out and do what we thought we were going to do against Wheat Ridge," Tausen said after scoring twice in the game, both in the second half. "We had a better mentality overall this game."
Even though the snow didn't really move in until the second half, Monarch went on a brief-but-huge scoring binge in the middle of the third to put the game away.
Leading 4-2 at half, Sean Bohling ended a lengthy scoring drought for both teams with a drive to the goal that he was able to get past Fairview keeper Ben Kellond, making the score 5-2 with 8 minutes, 15 seconds to go in the frame.
Danny Kowalski added to the lead just 12 seconds later, and Tausen made it a comfortable 7-2 advantage by the 7:28 mark. Griphen Jolly made it 8-2 a little more than 2 minutes later.
"Coaches just told us to play the same as we would in warmer weather," Tausen said. "Don't think your stick is going to release any different, and don't think your feet are going to slip. Keep your mind on the goal and keep them from scoring."
"We still had a little hangover in the first half, but we spread everyone out at hafltime, got some good dodges and good looks offensively," Monach head coach David Auday added. "We brought the energy, got it up to 8-2 and that's when we felt we took control."
Fairview, having scored 30 goals in its past three games, stayed with MoHi for a majority of the game outside of that stretch. The Knights had it at 3-2 for Monarch with 6:02 left in the second quarter after Jake Sheerin found the net, and got back to within 8-4 with 7:20 left in the game with back-to-back goals from Roland Moellenberg and Chase Brusher.
But the stretches where Monarch managed multiple possessions and multiple shots coupled with empty possessions for FHS — especially right after half — doomed the host Knights (4-9, 2-3).
"We had a couple of substitution errors in that third quarter that cost us some goals, but outside of that the effort and excitement that everyone on our team had made me really happy," FHS coach Matthew Kelley said. "A lot of the things at halftime were strategic little things that we wanted to adjust, but you have to give them credit for coming out strong that quarter."
Fairview will play another rival in Boulder on Monday night, a game which Kelley said his guys will have no problems getting back up for.
Monarch 10, Fairview 5
At Fairview HSMonarch (11-3, 5-1)3142—10Fairview (4-9, 2-3)1103—5
Goals — Monarch: Jared Hodell 2, Drew Tausen 2, Sean Bohling 2, Travis Hitt, Griphen Jolly, Charlie Gifford, Danny Kowalski; Fairview: Jared Mizner, Jake Sheerin, Roland Moellenberg, Chase Brusher, Landon Colvin.
Assists — Monarch: Gifford 4, Tyler Bradley; Fairview: Colton Campbell 2, Ben Parker 2.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Eli Korac (48-5-4); Fairview: Ben Kellond (48-10-6).