The final 30 seconds at Knights Field on Wednesday night were as meaningful as any yet this season for the Fairview boys lacrosse team, and it wasn’t just because the weight of three losses to begin the season was finally lifted.
Coach Michael Flood stuck all the seniors out on the field to run out the clock of a 9-6 victory against Boulder for good reason. Not since they were freshmen had FHS emerged from the rival game on the right side of the scoreboard.
Most of those seniors weren’t on varsity, including attacker Bobby Johnson, who had three goals. So it was especially sweet — even though Johnson was also on the football field this year for the 69-3 walloping the Knights put on the Panthers.
“It’s a cross-town rival, and I’ve grown up not liking them so beating them any chance is always great,” Johnson said after his hat trick, the third tally a highlight reel, tic-tac-toe play that sealed the win. “Especially as a senior, the last time we get to play them ever.”
Fairview took over the game in the second half, outscoring Boulder 6-2 to improve to 1-3 on the season. The Panthers continue to improve but are yet to erase the zero from the win column at 0-4.
In fact, Boulder rallied from down 2-0 to take a 4-3 lead at the half, with senior scoring specialist Ian Oden racking up three scores on his own.
But the Fairview defense rotated well and made the right slides when needed, especially when the ball was in Oden’s possession. He went without a score for the remainder of play.
Junior goalie David Molina also played a pivotal role in keeping Boulder to just a pair of scores. He came in late in the second period to replace a dinged-up Ben Boggs, and made a couple of strong saves in his first win of the year.
“I just pulled (Molina) aside when he ran in and said, ‘It’s the biggest game of your life so far,’ and he stepped up huge,” Johnson said. “Our defense … you can’t score if you can’t shoot, and I think we did a good job of that tonight.”
Fairview took the lead for good with 1 minute, 11 seconds left in the third period on Connor May’s second goal, making it 6-5. Matt Wantz drove in hard for a score with 8:50 left in the fourth to make it 7-5, and Noah Zimmerman and Johnson finished a four-goal spurt that put it away.
Jonny Coletta made 12 saves for Boulder in goal, keeping the Panthers very much in the game until the end. Coletta said he’d like to see more commitment from everyone on the team, as that seems to have fed into the winless start so far.
“We’ve got some guys who are committed all the time, and some who just seem not to care,” Coletta said. “It felt like we quit a little bit, and they got some easy goals.”
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Fairview 9, Boulder 6
At Fairview HS
Boulder 1 3 1 1 — 6
Fairview 2 1 3 3 — 9
Goals — Boulder: Ian Oden 3, Eli Haynes, Zach Brode, Jack Heyman; Fairview: Bobby Johnson 3, Connor May 2, Matt Wantz, Quinn Carrigan, Charlie Beckman, Noah Zimmerman.
Assists — Boulder: Brode; Fairview: Kipp Planchard, Beckman.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Jonny Coletta (48-9-12); Fairview: Ben Boggs (20-3-2), David Molina (28-3-3).