LAFAYETTE — Last spring was a bounce-back season for the Centaurus girls lacrosse team and the Warriors don't appear to have lost any of the momentum they gained from reestablishing themselves as a playoff-caliber program.
So far in 2018, the Warriors boast a 3-0 record and have outscored their first three opponents 38-18 after winning their home opener against Green Mountain, 12-2 on Thursday afternoon.
This type of hot start might excite a team unaccustomed to such early success. Warriors senior Delaney Pratt, however, said Thursday's win and the pair of victories that preceded it were nothing more than incremental steps along the way to her squad molding itself into the finished product it eventually expects to become.
"Today, we did what we needed to do," Pratt said. "We wanted to get a win. We're still working and we can still execute our plays a little better. Just getting better at playing as a team is what we're working for and we got better at that throughout the game today. It's another check off of our list. Our goal is always to try to win every game and keep that going all the way to state. But more than anything, we're trying to make sure we're always getting better."
The Warriors finished last season at 11-5 and lost in the first round of the state tournament. This spring, they have entered the season ranked ninth in the CHSAANow.com preseason poll. One clear reason for their early statewide respect is Pratt, who leads the Warriors with 11 goals after scoring four against Green Mountain on Thursday.
Pratt's four goals spurred an early burst from the Warriors, who scored six goals in the first six minutes of Thursday's game and led 8-0 at halftime. Despite his team following that early scoring barrage with a bit of a lull, Warriors head coach Todd Breithaupt has been thus-far impressed by how his team has attacked a grueling early portion of the 2018 schedule.
"We had a fast start and then we kind of started to drift a little bit into not playing our system," Breithaupt said. "When we don't play our system, everything slows down. As a coach, you're never going to be mad about a win or a 3-0 start, but I was really happy with how we started to execute our game plan better in the second half today. I'm really proud of the girls for that because they figured out a way to improve throughout the game.
"Tomorrow, we're going to approach things like we're zero-zero. We're playing five games in 11 days, three of them on the road, but that's Colorado lacrosse. You've had 11 days of practice and then you're playing five games in 11 days."
Warriors senior Campbell Breithaupt scored twice on Thursday, pushing her early-season total to six goals. Junior Kyra Barnes also has six goals on the season after finding the net twice against Green Mountain.
Up next, the Warriors will host Chatfield (1-1) at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Centaurus 12, Green Mountain 2
At Centaurus H.S.Green Mountain (2-1) 02—2Centaurus (3-0) 84—12
Goals — Green Mountain: McElvain, Haefele; Centaurus: Pratt 4, Breithaupt 2, Barnes 2, Ragland 2, Deitmeier, Bloomquist.
Assists — Green Mountain: Haefele; Centaurus: Breithaupt, Pratt, Barnes.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Green Mountain: Perez-Williams (50-12-8); Centaurus: Sanchez (50-2-3).