There was plenty of green to work with Friday night for the Boulder boys lacrosse team, and at first Brandon Jacobs and the rest of the Panthers didn’t know exactly how to approach it.
But after getting a lead and seeing that Lakewood’s defense wasn’t necessarily changing their ways, Boulder used the space given them to rack up a 13-3 Front Range League win over the Tigers at Recht Field.
It was the Panthers’ home finale, and they made the most of it with one of their best efforts of the season on both sides of the field. A balanced attack from players that recognized chances for one-on-one goals helped BHS improve to 4-7 overall.
“Everyone was amped up for this one, and it showed on the field,” said Jacobs, who had two goals and an assist. “We had contributions from all kinds of players on the field, it was evenly spread. We played a good team game.”
Coming off a rough loss to Monarch, the only game in the past few weeks in which Boulder was not really in the game, Jacobs and company started off hot with four goals in the first quarter from four different players.
They made it 5-0 before Lakewood got on the board, with Connor Fox’s second goal of the game coming just 1 minute, 34 seconds into the second frame. The Tigers (6-8, 1-7 FRL) made it 6-2 with 5:43 left in the half, but Boulder continued to find space and make good shots the rest of the game.
Fox ended up with three goals, as did Devin Malone.
“They were playing really spread out, and that kind of threw off our offense for a little bit,” Jacobs said. “We changed things up a bit, and just started running by them and our shots were going in. We were having a lot of fun and came out with a lot of intensity for our last home game.”
With it being Senior Night, Reed Morrison got a rare start in goal and played exceptionally well along with his teammates on defense. Morrison stopped seven shots — the BHS defense also blocked several others — and overall eliminated fine-tuned LHS attackers Will Swartz (33 goals) and Adam Zimmerman (37).
For Morrison, communication was the foundation for a solid defensive game, but he was elated to make some big stops for his team.
“I was just excited to get to play in our last home game,” said Morrison, who hadn’t played since March 15. “All our guys came out with the mentality to stop shots, and we were all excited to play. It played a huge role.”
The Panthers may not have the record they want, but they have been battling ever since a 9-6 loss to Columbine. In fact, they’ve now won three of their past four games, with three remaining for the year.
“I think just confidence,” Jacobs said of the mentality of the team. “We worked on the mistakes we made in the Columbine game and all the other losses and have been trying to correct those so we can win games later on in the season, like this one.”
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Boulder 13, Lakewood 3
At Boulder HS
Lakewood 0 2 1 0 — 3
Boulder 4 3 3 3 — 13
Goals — Lakewood: Wilder, Zimmerman, Swartz; Boulder: Connor Fox 3, Devin Malone 3, Caleb Donovan 2, Brandon Jacobs 2, Boe Gold, Dan Cleveland, Zach Brode.
Assists — Lakewood: None; Boulder: Brode 2, Jacobs.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Lakewood: Federico (21-7-3), Hallman (27-6-1); Boulder: Reed Morrison (48-3-7).