BOULDER — Just a sophomore for the Fairview boys lacrosse team, Jared Mizner took Monday's rivalry game with Boulder as the opportunity to help give the senior class one last taste of glory in what has been an up-and-down season.
Neither the Knights nor the Panthers are likely going to make the Class 5A playoffs, which just 16 teams do, but make no mistake — the entire season felt on the line at the Fairview field for these two squads.
Appropriately, they went toe-to-toe in an exhilarating battle. And after clinging to a slim lead from late in the second quarter through the entire second half, one last surprisingly-needed save from Ben Kellond preserved a 13-12 win for FHS, putting them at 5-9 for the spring.
The teams have now beat each other three times apiece going back to the 2012 season, and Fairview was able to get revenge on last year's 12-10 loss to the Panthers.
"Both teams just played an amazing game and just battled the whole time, and I'm just so happy we brought it home for our seniors," Mizner said after scoring four goals, including the final two in the fourth quarter, for FHS. "This was pretty much the last game they really cared about, so we gave it our all and brought it home."
For not having too many lead changes (just two) or ties (three), the one-goal affair was incredibly close for all 48 minutes. Boulder's only lead of the game came in the second quarter, a 7-6 advantage after Eli Haynes' fourth goal which brought BHS back from a 4-1 deficit.
However, Fairview was able to wrestle the lead back by the end of the half, scoring three times and denying a BHS chance or two late before the break to hold a 9-7 lead heading to the third quarter.
Fairview held off a Boulder man advantage to start the third — a two-man power-play, at that — and extended the lead to 10-7 with a goal from Jake Sheerin with 8 minutes, 19 seconds to go in the third.
From there, it was just a question of whether or not the Knights could hold on, and Boulder (5-9) did not make it easy. The Panthers pulled to within a single goal four different times, including making it 13-12 with 2:58 left and regaining possession with a chance to tie it up just 10 seconds later.
But, as would be the case down the stretch, the Panthers just couldn't find the net. Boulder's Boe Gold hit the post on a shot on that possible tying possession, and Jack Roser was denied by Kellond on a possible game-tying shot just before the horn sounded. That shot came after the Panthers forced a turnover and got a long transition throw-and-catch all the way down to the other end of the field.
Roser and Haynes each had four goals for Boulder, while Colton Campbell and Tommy Miller added three goals apiece for Fairview.
"Both teams went 100 percent," Mizner said. "I was a little worried because we kind of were doing some stupid stuff, but we brought it back together and figured things out to get the lead. There was some crazy stuff tonight."
"When you get in a rivalry game like this, everything that's happened this season gets thrown out the window and it's who shows up to play," Boulder head coach Eric Dance added. "Fairview came out early and were working hard and our guys had to rally. It was pretty back-and-forth after that, just a good lacrosse game. They capitalized on some good opportunities."
Fairview 13, Boulder 12
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Goals — Boulder: Eli Haynes 4, Jack Roser 4, Sage Banashek 2, Jack Warn, Ben Warn; Fairview: Jared Mizner 4, Colton Campbell 3, Tommy Miller 3, Landon Colvin, Zach Ramirez, Jake Sheerin.
Assists — Boulder: Boe Gold 3, Banashek 2, Haynes 2; Fairview: Ramirez 2, Mizner, Campbell, Miller, Sheerin.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Connor Thornton (48-13-8); Fairview: Ben Kellond (48-12-8).