Boys lacrosse: Holy Family making good on jump to varsity play

BROOMFIELD — It’s been nothing short of smooth sailing for the boys’ lacrosse program at Holy Family — at least on the field — as it turns to its third season and first in varsity.

Kyle Doner, the assistant coach who moved into the head role this year, said the Tigers still have yet to lose a game in two-plus seasons. They dominated through an all-JV schedule in 2017, then a mixed JV-varsity slate last year, before getting a well-deserved promotion into the varsity ranks this spring.

And officially, they’re 2-0.

Following a win over Littleton to start the tenure a week ago, Dominic Roller scored six times, Trace Norwell added four goals and Braedon Peters had two in a 14-3 win over Boulder Tuesday.

“I don’t know if we truly expected a start like this,” Norwell said. “We’ve practiced, we felt we were good, but coming out and playing like this is truly special.”

It was another impressive opening for Holy Family, which led 11-3 by the break on a cold, breezy evening at Mike G. Gabriel Stadium.

The Tigers, who outscored Littleton 10-4 in the opening 24 minutes of their opener, surged on the strength of four goals from Roller and three from Norwell against the Panthers (0-6).

Dominating possession early and often throughout the half, the Tigers led 7-2 at the end of the first and then closed the half with four straight goals — two apiece from both Norwell and Roller.

“Our whole motto is pretty much come out hard and show them what we got,” said Norwell, who has 10 goals and two assists in two varsity games. “Nobody knows who we are coming from JV.”

Soon, they will.

As part of the highlights that couldn’t be viewed in the prior two seasons (Doner said they now have equipment to tape games), Norwell scribbled through the interior of the defense and spiked a shot past Boulder keeper Andrew Schreiner for the game’s first goal.

Not long after, the speedy junior danced behind the net before making a crisp feed in front to Roller, who slammed an emphatic chance into the net.

“We definitely felt like we could play at the varsity level last year, and just coming out here and proving we could, really got our groove (going) I guess you could say,” Roller said. “We definitely came out this year in early practices pushing ourselves, really wanting to start out the season well, and I think it shows.”

Doner called the program’s journey to varsity challenging but said he’s eager to see how it can build from here. Overall, “we’re glad to be here,” he said.

James Spillman scored twice for the Panthers, who will look for their first win of the season at Palmer on Saturday. Holy Family is at Douglas County Saturday.

Brent W. New: and @brentwnew


Holy Family 14, Boulder 3

At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium

Boulder (0-6)               2 1 0 0  — 3

Holy Family (2-0)          7 4 2 1  — 14

Goals — Boulder: Spillman 2, Harding; Holy Family: Roller 6, Norwell 4, Peters 2, Nappe 1, Sena 1.

Assists — Boulder: No assists; Holy Family: Norwell, Roller, Peters, Mundt, Lane.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Schreiner (48-14-9); Holy Family: Bertagnolli (48-3-18).