BOULDER — On this night, the math simply didn’t add up for the Fairview boys lacorsse team.
Already ravaged by a rash of illnesses and injuries that have put a heavy strain on their roster, the Knights had barely stepped on to the field Thursday night before losing another valued regular to injury. Add to the equation a perennially tough opponent in Denver East, and the end result was a long night for Fairview.
Fairview’s frustrating start continued against the visiting Angels, as Denver East calmly turned aside Fairview’s attempt at a second half rally to hand the Knights a 7-4 defeat. Despite getting three goals from Austin Davie, the shorthanded Knights (1-3) struggled to consistently produce scoring threats against East.
“We have a lot of guys sick, and a couple guys have concussions,” Fairview coach Michael Flood said. “So we only had six subs for this game which, for us, is really tough. We’re low on numbers in our whole program this year, so that’s something we’re dealing with right now.”
Even though Fairview struck first on a quick goal by Chris Robinson, the Knights found open space hard to come by in the East defensive zone. Matters grew worse for the Knights after defender Eric Thompson left the match in the first quarter due to a knee injury, and East never trailed after closing the first quarter with consecutive goals.
The Angels (4-2) extended their lead to 3-1 going into the break before Fairview’s offense finally displayed signs of life in the third. Two goals by Davie, including one off an East turnover with 45.7 seconds remaining in the frame, pulled Fairview to within 5-3 going into the fourth. Yet the lack of a consistent attack pulled the plug on Fairview’s comeback attempt. East tallied the first two goals of the fourth quarter to pad its lead before Davie’s final tally, off another Angels turnover deep in their own zone, ended the scoring with 5 minutes remaining.
“I think we just lacked a little bit in terms of our aggressiveness going after them,” Flood said. “They weren’t pressuring us too hard, but we were just dropping passes, and they were stripping us whenever we went to the cage. It’s hard to get things going when they’re getting the ball on the ground as much as they were.”
Fairview hopes to lick its collective wounds over the next week before it begins conference play against Fort Collins on April 5. Next week, Fairview will embark on a spring break trip to San Diego, where the Knights will play two games. Flood indicated some of the injured and ill will be left behind to recuperate in hopes of getting more able bodies on the sideline when league play begins.
“This past week we’ve been a little short on guys because of injuries, so that’s something to take into account,” said Davie, who has recorded 15 goals in four games. “But we’re rebuilding this year, and I’m psyched for these new guys coming in. I still think it’s going to be a successful season. We’ve been on the short end for some of these first couple games, but there’s no worries.”
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Denver East 7, Fairview 4
At Fairview HS
Denver East (4-2) 2 1 2 2 — 7
Fairview (1-3) 1 0 2 1 — 4
Goals — Denver East: Boardman 3, Heller 2, McGlynn, Horvath; Fairview: Davie 3, Robinson 1.
Assists — Denver East: Heller 2, McGlynn, Horvath, Fulton; Fairview: None.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Denver East: Trattler (48-4-16); Fairview: Herrin (46-7-15; Boggs 2-0-0).