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Fairview's Steele Mercer battles Dave Karvec from the Fort Collins Unified lacrosse team during the Knights' 11-3 loss Friday afternoon.
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Fairview’s Steele Mercer battles Dave Karvec from the Fort Collins Unified lacrosse team during the Knights’ 11-3 loss Friday afternoon.

 

BOULDER — Looks can be very, very deceiving.

At first glance, the record of the Fort Collins Unified boys lacrosse team stood out like a sore thumb. One of the state’s premier programs over the past decade was off to an 0-6 start and appeared prime for the picking.

Fairview coach Mike Flood knew otherwise.

“We knew they were going to come out ready to play and hungry for their win,” Flood said. “We didn’t by any means think this was going to be a cake walk and our guys probably needed to come out a little more fired up than they did.”

A mild understatement from the Knights’ fifth-year coach.

The visiting Vipers shook off a slow start in the first few minutes of the game on Friday and, in a 5-minute, 16-second stretch of the first quarter, buried six goals against the Knights before rolling to an 11-3 victory.

It happened quickly for Fort Collins (1-6 overall, 1-3 Front Range League). Kevin Schultz, Jake Frane and Trevor DeBaere had the Vipers up 3-0 at the 5:00 mark of the quarter and at that point things were still well within reach for Fairview.

Over a 16-second stretch from 2:55 to 2:39, Fairview gave up three goals and before the Knights could blink it was a 6-0 deficit.

“Coming out with such a slow start it is really hard to chip back and get in the game,” Flood said.

The lead grew to 8-0 behind two more goals from DeBaere — who finished with five — in the second quarter before Fairview finally got on the board.

Quinn Carrigan broke the ice for the Knights, scoring the first of his two goals by beating Vipers goalie Alex Winkler.

Flood was able to find some positives from such a tough day.

“The third quarter went right for us, but not by a big enough margin to get us back in the game,” said Flood, whose Knights won the third 12 minutes 1-0 on a goal from Connor May. “We kept them from scoring in the third which means we probably could have been doing more of that throughout the game.”

It was also in that third quarter where Fairview was able to control the possession a little more and get shots off on goalie Cam Castle. Between the second and third quarters, the Knights had 10 shots on target, but only two goals to show for it.

“The shots just weren’t hard enough or placed and we struggled shooting the ball today,” Flood added. “We also turned the ball over a lot, unforced. We threw it away and gave them plenty of opportunities and we can’t keep doing that.”

Despite the rough outing on Friday, Flood knows his team has the potential to do good things and if they are anything like last year’s squad, which was resilient down the stretch in getting to 8-7 overall. If so, then good things are on the way.

“We are going to continue working with the guys, but they have heard a lot of the same thing at practice and now we need to see some execution,” said Flood, whose team fell to 3-6, 1-3. “Maybe we need to change some things up at this point and start fresh. We’ll keep working and we are not going to throw in the towel.”

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Fort Collins Unified 11, Fairview 3

At Fairview HS

Ft Collins Unified (1-6, 1-3) 6 2 0 3 — 11
Fairview (3-6, 1-3) 0 1 1 1 — 3

GoalsFort Collins Unified: Trevor DeBaere 5, Kevin Schultz, Jake Frane, Ben Rugh, Jake Higdon, Ryan Hsin, Calvin Baer; Fairview: Quinn Carrigan 2, Connor May.

AssistsFort Collins Unified: Frane, Hsin, Baer; Fairview: Daniel Rahn, May.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves)Fort Collins Unified: Alex Winkler (24-1-6), Cam Castle (24-2-4); Fairview: David Molina (48-11-7).

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