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LAFAYETTE — After a benchmark win against Monarch earlier in the week, the Fairview boys lacrosse team was adamant not letting down Friday against Dawson School.

It took about a half for that message to sink in, but the important thing for the visiting Knights is that it eventually did.

Continuing to play stifling defense, Fairview utilized a dominant second half to escape the Dawson turf with a 9-5 win. It was a victory that completed a Boulder County sweep against Boulder, Monarch and the Mustangs and marked the Knights’ fifth straight win overall.

“Our guys came out a little bit slower than we were hoping, but at the same time we understood that there’d be a time when we got into a hole,” Knights coach Michael Flood said. “I told them that we all needed to take it up one level.”

Dawson (4-2) came out spirited, as the 4A Mustangs aimed to notch a win against a quality 5A team. Alex Aleu scored three goals in the opening half, and Dawson went into intermission with a 4-3 lead.

That’s when the Fairview defense, headed by Kipp Planchard, Sean Lavine, Bridger Dunn and Josh Drake, clamped down. The Knights (5-3) scored six unanswered goals to start the half and kept Dawson off the scoreboard until Mac Zee’s tally with 53 seconds left.

“We’re just a good second-half team,” said Planchard, who also scored a goal in transition in the first half. “We make adjustments. First half, we weren’t talking as much as we should have. But we fixed that and got our communication back. We really watched those cutters.”

Quinn Carrigan scored three goals for the Knights, and Connor May and Bobby Johnson added two apiece. Ben Boggs had another solid game in goal, as the Knights defense continued to shine.

The Knights believe that if they can hold the opposition to eight goals or less, they’ll give themselves a solid chance to escape with a win. Fairview yielded only nine total goals in the wins against Monarch and Dawson this week.

“All the credit goes to their defense today,” Dawson coach Peter Devlin said. “They played a better game than we did. They put a lot of pressure on our offense, and we sputtered offensively.”

Until Zee’s late goal, it was looking like all of Dawson’s offensive production was going to be limited to the second quarter. The Mustangs swarmed in that quarter, when they outscored Fairview 4-2.

“When we play organized and composed, we can play some good lacrosse,” Devlin said.

Fairview made certain to short-circuit Dawson’s momentum after the break and turned it into another keynote win for a revived squad.

“You can feel it in the locker room,” Planchard said. “Years past, some guys mentally were not there. This year we’re all here. The chemistry is there because we’re all focused on the same goal. We want to win and we want to go deep in the playoffs.”

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Fairview 9, Dawson School 5

At Dawson School

Fairview (5-3) 1 2 3 3 — 9

Dawson School (4-2) 0 4 0 1 — 5

Goals — Fairview: Carrigan 3, Johnson 2, May 2, Planchard, Becker; Dawson School: Aleu 3, Zee 2.

Assists — Fairview: May, Carrigan, Jackson, Josenhans; Dawson School: Rosenblatt 3, Brown, Negrelli.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Boggs (48-4-8); Dawson School: Martin (41:30-7-10), Dunnell (6:30-2-0).

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