At the very least, Connor May was hoping the Fairview lacrosse team could keep Columbine under wraps on Wednesday night similar to their matchup that ended the 2014 regular season.
The senior attacker could only stand and watch, however, as the Rebels snuck in more goals in the first 8 minutes at the FHS field than in that entire affair a year ago. And it didn’t get any better for the Knights, as the Rebels waltzed to a 12-1 victory.
Fresh off consecutive wins, the Knights were lethargic from the beginning on both sides of the field, and while the defensive units were able to adjust after the first quarter, the offense was stuck in a head-scratching rut throughout.
Then again, Fairview only scored twice the last time the teams met, indicating the prowess of the Columbine defense more than the ineptitude of the Fairview offense.
“They just have a lot of great individual players, and they have a quick slide,” May said after the discouraging loss, putting Fairview at 5-8. “They’re also quick to recover. They knew exactly where they needed to be to keep us out of the shooting lanes. Just very disciplined, and it made it tough.”
The Rebels (8-3, 6-0 Front Range League) have balance on offense, with four players reaching double-digit goals so far. On Wednesday, it was depth that kept Fairview on its heels.
Five different players scored in the first quarter, and only one of those came from a leading scorer on the team, as Jake Allen made it 4-0 with his 12th goal of the season wit just under 1 minute left.
That team-first mentality continued, with Columbine getting goals from nine different players. The Rebels also were high on accuracy, making it a tough night for Fairview starting goalie David Molina (six saves).
May and the Knights were reduced to lengthy shots and did not get a lot of chances to hit cutters, either. In the first quarter, they were limited to one shot on frame, and they could only match that output in the second quarter, too.
Add a couple of shots that caromed off the bars — May had one after a nice spin move from the top that created space in the second quarter — and the frustration mounted.
“They had some great transition goals that slowed us down a step, and once you lose that little step, sometimes it’s hard to get back into the game,” May said. “We started off slow, and we tried to pick it up in the second and third quarter, but we just didn’t finish.”
Columbine starting goalie Jake Miller made five saves, while Gavin Beilman came in during the fourth quarter and stopped another three shots.
Fairview will look to rebound on Friday against Wheat Ridge, another recent lacrosse power.
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COLUMBINE 12, FAIRVIEW 1
At Fairview HS
Columbine 5 2 4 1 — 12
Fairview 0 0 0 1 — 1
Goals — Columbine: Gabe Mein, Justin Gonzales 2, Cole VonFeldt, Jake Allen 2, Dominic SanFilippo, Landon Kramer 2, Chase Cerveny, Nick Stasch, Brevin Fields; Fairview: Connor May.
Assists — Columbine: Kramer 2, SanFilippo, Dylan Compton, Mein; Fairview: Quinn Carrigan.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Columbine: Jake Miller (36-0-5), Gavin Beilman (12-1-3); Fairview: David Molina (26-11-5), Cooper Ross (22-1-3).