BOULDER — The Fairview girls lacrosse team are no strangers to the dimensions of the field they play on, and neither has the Boulder Valley School District-wide team that used to play at Centaurus had problems getting used to new surroundings.
In their first season known as the Knights, the team on Monday improved to 2-0 with a 17-8 win over the Air Academy Kadets.
Making the win more impressive was how well Fairview fared having to work a player down on the field.
The Knights were stuck playing man-down a couple of occasions in the first half due to yellow card penalties being handed out. Then, with a 10-6 lead early in the second half, Brooke Dietmeier was called for a yellow card which forced the team to play man-down the rest of the game due to too many violations.
Even with the disadvantage, Fairview never looked shaken by it. Instead, it rolled with a big run in the second half to pull away for the win.
“We just had to be strategic on the attack,” Fairview coach Kelsey Sheridan said. “We were making the most of our possessions because we were a man down and didn’t want to play defense with that. We took our time, worked the ball and waited for the right shots and opportunities.”
Following a long stretch without a goal by both teams, Fairview scored the first shorthanded goal with Kyra Barnes finding room to work with. Emma Grace Cromwell, Dietmeier and Isabela Bloomquist followed with the next three goals, extending the lead to 14-6 before Air Academy could score with the advantage.
“We have a lot of depth with our senior class and everyone is contributing with our attack,” Sheridan said. “That is helping us a lot with our success early on.”
Cromell scored back-to-back goals and Bloomquist forced the running clock late in the second half as Fairview scored seven of the final nine goals in the game, all coming shorthanded.
After starting the game going a bit back-and-forth, Fairview opened up a good lead in the first half with six consecutive goals. Ariana O’Brien set up a pair of goals and got her lone tally during the run as the Knights took an 8-2 lead before going up 10-5 at the break.
Like their second-half run, plenty of good moments came when Fairview sent a player into the penalty area and was forced to play a man down.
“The seniors carried us through with the energy and the effort through the first half,” Sheridan said. “It kept going for the whole game.”
Sheridan added that her seniors were fueled by the chance of getting their first win over Air Academy.
The team is representing another school and wearing different jerseys this year, but the same team that had success at Centaurus has picked up where they left off this year under Sheridan at Fairview. According to their coach, it’s the buy-in from the team and the school that has helped them make an easy transition so far.
“I feel like the name is different but the team is the same, so it has been a smooth transition,” Sheridan said. “The girls have been open to a new coaching staff, which is nice.”
Fairview 17, Air Academy 8
At Nevin Platt Middle School
Air Academy (1-2) 5 3 — 8
Goals — Air Academy: Grace Lichtenberger 4, Reagan Brenenstuhl 2, Avery Rodny, Chloe Currier; Fairview: Isabela Bloomquist 5, Emma Grace Cromwell 3, Kyra Barnes 3, Kolbi Dietmeier 2, Brooke Dietmeier 2 Ariana O’Brien, Grace Moyers.
Assists — Air Academy: Reagan Brenenstuhl 2, Rodny; Fairview: Brooke Dietmeier 5, Ariana O’Brien 3, Grace Moyers.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Air Academy: Kelly Lazzelle (19-9-2), Lauren Berg (29-8-10); Fairview: Thayer Hubbard (48-7-7).