Girls lacrosse: Lazaroff stays hot as Centaurus keeps rolling

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LAFAYETTE — Not that she’s keeping track, but Emma Lazaroff already has 46 goals this season.

The Centaurus lacrosse standout added eight to that stratospheric total Saturday as the Warriors obliterated another opponent. This time, Dakota Ridge was a 20-4 victim in a Jeffco League contest at Warrior Stadium.

Lazaroff, who added four assists, has accumulated her goal total in a mere six games. Keeping in mind she scored 111 last season, the question begs whether the Duke-bound senior can exceed that total (it trailed Cherry Creek’s Bailey Zerr by two for the state lead).

Extrapolated over 18 games, Lazaroff’s current pace puts her at 138.

“I really don’t like to think about that stuff,” Lazaroff said. “I kind of just go out and do it, and I figure everything else will play out if it’s meant to be.”

Lazaroff had ample help Saturday in the form of Sarah Brown (five goals, three assists), Carley Dvorak (four and three) and Avery McGiboney, who scored two key goals in the opening minutes.

The Warriors (6-0, 4-0), while cautioning that they haven’t yet reached the difficult portion of their schedule, have outscored foes 123-34 despite returning only three starters this season.

“They’re really playing up,” Centaurus coach Genny Horning said. “They’re finding each other and playing a great game right now. They’re pretty to watch.”

The Warriors got a goal from Brown 12 seconds in and held a 12-2 advantage against the Eagles (2-3, 1-1) at the midway point of the first half.

“I really like our transition,” said Brown, a sophomore. “I think we’re really great at getting it up the field quickly and making things happening. We’re a really fast team and I just love our speed.”

Some extraneous variables could factor into Lazaroff’s goal-scoring pace, in addition to the upcoming onslaught of quality opponents. Centaurus advanced to the semifinals last season and would need to do so again to reach 18 games. A trip to the title game would offer one more outing.

In addition, Centaurus’ breakneck pace and dominance in the early portions of games has prohibited further chances.

“When we get up to a decent and comfortable lead, we just slow the ball down,” Lazaroff said. “We work on some of our plays and run the offense. There’s no need to just keep hammering goals in.”

Notable: Centaurus’ home game against Regis Jesuit, postponed by weather on April 3, has been rescheduled for Thursday.

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Centaurus 20, Dakota Ridge 4

At Centaurus H.S.

Dakota Ridge (2-3, 1-1) 2 2 — 4

Centaurus (6-0, 4-0) 14 6 — 20

Goals — Dakota Ridge: Sherman 2, Franks, Ferrin; Centaurus: Lazaroff 8, Brown 5, Dvorak 4, McGiboney 1, Myres 1.

Assists — Dakota Ridge: Franks 1; Centaurus: Lazaroff 4, Brown 3, Dvorak 3, Holmes 1, Myres 1.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Dakota Ridge: R. Smith (50-20-13); Centaurus: Weiss (50-4-5).