The Monarch boys lacrosse team generally brings a bit of swagger into the annual rivalry game with Boulder.
With a sizzling start to the season in tow, the Coyotes were even more amped than usual Saturday at Recht Field. Then they executed their game plan to near-perfection in ousting the host Panthers 18-8 in a Front Range League contest.
“We knew coming in that Boulder thought they could beat us, and we just wanted to prove a point,” Coyotes junior Chad Kreuzer said. “League game, it’s always a big matchup because we’re rivals, and we showed them how the ‘Yotes play.”
Monarch coach David Auday implored his high-scoring bunch to crisply move the ball to allow each of his keynote scorers to have myriad opportunities, and on the defensive end, he hoped to limit the looks of Panthers top scorer Connor Fox.
The Coyotes (7-2, 2-1) flourished in those concepts en route to building leads of 3-0 after one quarter and 8-2 at the half.
The scoring balance Auday craved came through flowingly. Kreuzer led the way with six goals, Max Wiesner added five and Andrew Zwiers notched three. Landon Waddle and Brock Tausan contributed two goals apiece with both of Waddle’s coming in the pivotal opening quarter.
“And you know what, (Boulder is) a pretty good ballclub,” Auday said. “But the guys took a good approach. Rather than one game at a time, one play at a time is our new analytics. When we watch film, we award a point for a stop, a point for a good possession, a few points for a goal.”
Coyotes goalie Connor Johnson, who played the first, second and fourth quarters, turned away 11 of 14 shots. Some of his stops thwarted quality chances from Boulder (3-3, 1-2) that clearly appeared bound for the net.
The Panthers received four goals from Eli Haynes and three from Jack Heyman. The only other player to score was Tiger Ingham, whose second-quarter goal got Boulder on the board after falling behind 5-0. Monarch limited Fox to two assists.
“They moved the ball really well on offense and they just had some good, solid defense,” Haynes said. “They had some standout players that we had trouble pressuring, and overall they just played well.”
Asked if it served as any sort of consolation to score four goals in a rivalry game, Haynes indicated: “It was really just a bummer that we lost. I’m indifferent about the number of goals I scored.”
For Monarch, Kreuzer upped his team-leading goal total to 32 while Zwiers pushed his tally mark to 24 and Wiesner to 23. Kreuzer scored five of his goals after intermission, helping Monarch offset a strong third quarter from Boulder.
“That’s what makes it so hard for us to be defended,” Kreuzer said. “Each guy can get into a rhythm and put up multiple-goal games.”
Both teams are idle until Wednesday. Monarch will travel to Fossil Ridge while Boulder will make the trip to Lakewood.
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Monarch 18, Boulder 8
At Recht Field
Monarch (7-2, 2-1) 3 5 5 5 — 18
Boulder (3-3, 1-2) 0 2 5 1 — 8
Goals — Monarch: Chad Kreuzer 6, Max Wiesner 5, Andrew Zwiers 3, Landon Waddle 2, Brock Tausan 2; Boulder: Eli Haynes 4, Jack Heyman 3, Tiger Ingham.
Assists — Monarch: Kreuzer 2, Zweirs 2, Wiesner, Sammer Ziady, David Christian Mueller; Boulder: Connor Fox 2.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Monarch: Johnson (36-3-11), Wynans (12-5-1); Boulder: Jonny Coletta (36-13-17), Connor Thornton (12-5-3).