BOULDER — For the second straight night, the Fairview Knights and Boulder Panthers met for a rivalry game at Recht Field. This time in boys lacrosse, the game would not be as close as the girls soccer game Thursday night with Fairview winning 14-2 over Boulder on Friday.
“They did what we asked them to do,” Fairview coach Matthew Kelley said. “They came out fast and strong and hard. I’m pretty happy with that.”
For nearly the entire first quarter, the game was played on Fairview’s offensive side as it dominated time of possession. Fairview won every faceoff and managed to set up its offense to counter the different looks from Boulder. Whether it was zone or man-to-man, the Knights found holes to exploit to get goals from three different players and take an early 5-0 lead.
More of the same came in the second quarter with seven goals from six different players. Boulder, on the other hand, did not get its first shot on goal until there were seven and a half minutes left before the break.
“Our defense was playing out of their mind,” Fairview’s Colin O’Brien said. “They were sliding to the body and hitting kids. It was a great game for them.”
O’Brien, who scored one of the seven goals in the second, finished with three goals to match Tucker Catlin for the most on the team. Eight different players would score for Fairview, including four multi-goal scorers.
“Early on, we just saw that we were working our offense super well,” O’Brien said. “We just wanted to get everyone involved and get our guys on the bench involved and into it.”
The offense that saw multiple players score was the biggest thing Kelley was pleased with from his team in the performance.
“It wasn’t just one person, it was everyone looking for each other and taking care of each other,” Kelley said.
Fairview forced a running clock early in the second half and started to get in some bench players for more playing time with the big lead. Even with the changes, the Knights managed to control possession and scored two goals while giving up just one to Boulder. The team also used three different goaltenders.
“They were really excited to get on the field,” Kelley said of his bench. “They are learning to play with that emotion, but also controlling the emotion enough so they can execute on the field.”
Fairview improved to 5-3 at the midway point of the season and enters a stretch of playing four games in eight days, starting with a road game at Prairie View on Tuesday. They also play Rocky Mountain, a second league opponent, along with nonconference games against Mountain Vista and Dawson School.
Boulder’s young team continues to work through some growing pains in the sport as they dropped to 1-9. James Spillman and Luka Svoboda scored the goals, while Noah Harding and Griffin Eiss were credited with assists. Goalie Dewey Schreiner did manage to stop 20 shots despite the high volume of attempts he faced. The Panthers will travel to face Monarch on Monday.
Fairview 14, Boulder 2
At Recht Field
Boulder (1-9) 0 1 1 0 — 2
Goals — Boulder: James Spillman 1, Luka Svoboda 1; Fairview: Colin O’Brien 3, Tucker Catlin 3, Jared Mizner 2, Chase Brusher 2, Tommy Miller 1, Dillon Dickinson-Tooman 1, Massimo Ricci 1, Joe Sikora 1.
Assists — Boulder: James Spillman 1, Luka Svoboda 1; Fairview: Dillon Dickinson-Tooman 3, Chase Brusher 1, Joe Sikora 1, Liam O’Brien 1.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Boulder: Dewey Schreiner (80-14-20); Fairview: Brooks Catlin (28-0-2), Colby Freeman (19-1-4), Quinn Olsson (4-1-2).