Boys lacrosse: Fairview again waiting to play first game of the season

It’s been nearly three weeks since the spring season began and the boys’ lacrosse team at Fairview will again have to wait a few more days before playing in its first game of the season.

The Knights were set to play Mountain Vista in Highlands Ranch late Friday afternoon before the game was postponed due to poor field conditions left over from the bomb cyclone that slammed into the state Wednesday.

Not without a bit of drama first, the Golden Eagles’ lacrosse twitter handle sent out game details around 10 a.m. Friday morning, then sent another tweet two hours later about the game being postponed.

Fairview players were informed with an email from their team manager.

“It’s been tough because I know a lot of the team, we’re just raring to go this year and we’re fired up,” senior defensive midfielder Jake Zickerman said.

“We had the adrenaline going.”

Instead, the Knights fueled it to another day of practice.

As part of this strange start, Fairview coach Matt Kelley said he intentionally scheduled games later than normal to give his team more practice ahead of its opener. Due to weather, though, the Knights won’t start their season until the beginning of the fourth week of the spring season.

“We’ve had a lot of practice time, obviously,” Kelley said. “But we haven’t had too much time off the field. A lot of programs are dealing with that.”

Fairview was expected to begin the year at Cherokee Trail at Legacy Stadium in Aurora on Wednesday. Now, its season opener — take three! — is slated at Evergreen Tuesday, with a current forecast from The Weather Channel calling for dry and chilly conditions.

The Knights are hoping to fit two games (Evergreen on Tuesday and possibly Cherokee Trail on Wednesday) before heading to Arizona for a spring break tournament the following week.

Whenever the schedule does get going, the Knights are certainly an intriguing team to look out for in Class 5A.

Kelley, a well-traveled lacrosse coach around the area, who built up Boulder’s program and assisted at Dawson, has guided an improving team at Fairview.

Last spring, the Knights bounced back from a 1-6 start to win five of their last eight games.

“This is a strong team,” Kelley said. “It still remains to be seen how well they’re going to come together as a group and that they can stay injury-free.”

Kelley added that the schedule this year is the toughest the program has faced during his tenure. For now, though, the Knights are one of a few teams still waiting to dip in.

As Fairview practiced Friday evening, Boulder hosted Chatfield in its fourth game of the season. When the Knights attempt to play their first game Tuesday, the Panthers are expected to play their sixth — which would mean 40 percent of their regular season would already be in the books.

“That’s not what we’re focused on,” Zickerman said. “We like to focus on what we’re doing and be the best we can be. We’ve been practicing and they’ve been playing games. It’s not like we’ve missed out on opportunities to get better. Just different.”

Brent W. New: bwnew@prairiemountainmedia.com and @brentwnew