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Brad Cochi / BoCoPreps.com
Brad Cochi/ BoCoPreps.com
ENGLEWOOD — It wasn’t clear what changing homes from Centaurus to Fairview would hold for the current Knights girls lacrosse program when it was announced in October.
Apparently it entailed a fresh start, and a very strong one at that.
When the CHSAANow.com rankings were released on Monday morning, the Fairview Knights saw themselves jump up from No. 9 to No. 6 in the state. Later in the day, they reaffirmed the voters’ confidence with an 11-5 road win over Kent Denver.
The current Fairview program, even with many of the same players on the roster, couldn’t beat the Kent Denver Sun Devils in any of the past four seasons as the Centaurus Warriors. But since the Warriors became the Knights, the program leads the head-to-head series, 1-0.
“Our team has had a pretty strong season so far but this was one of our biggest games,” Knights senior Kolbi Dietmeier said. “This is a team we haven’t beaten in, I think, probably five years. So this win feels really good. I think people have really underestimated us this season because we’re technically a new program and Centaurus struggled a little bit last year. But we’re coming in really hot and I hope this game lets people know that we’re here to play.”
Centaurus went 8-8 last spring but both first-year head coach Kelsey Sheridan and a talented crop of underclassmen have breathed new life into the program in 2019. Throughout Monday’s Metro League contest against the Sun Devils (3-3, 1-2), the Knights (9-0, 5-0) received typical strong performances from their youngsters.
Sophomore Isabela Bloomquist finished with a hat trick, as did Dietmeier. Bloomquist (34 goals, 7 assists) has recorded a hat trick or better in eight of the Knights’ nine games this spring and leads the team with 41 points.
While the Knights jumped out to a 7-1 halftime lead, freshman goaltender Thayer Hubbard made sure Kent Denver mounted no comeback and finished with seven saves. With five games left in the regular season, Hubbard and the Knights defense are allowing a paltry 3.55 goals per game.
“The seniors had never beaten Kent, so we went into today’s game really hyped,” Hubbard said. “We wanted to get the seniors a win and that’s what we did. We worked really well as a team. Our transitions were really good, our plays off the draw were really good, and that really keyed our success on offense. Overall, it was another big team effort to get the W.”
The Knights will look to keep rolling on the road against No. 4 Denver East (5-4, 1-1) on Wednesday. The Knights’ sixth conference game is likely to be the toughest test they have faced this season.
“I think Wednesday’s game will really show how much our girls care about this season,” Sheridan said. “What has been really strong for us has just been the energy we bring to every game, and that energy is contagious from the seniors all the way to the freshmen. I think on Wednesday, you’ll see that really shine.”
Fairview 11, Kent Denver 5
At Kent Denver
Fairview (9-0, 5-0) 7 4 — 11
Goals — Fairview: Bloomquist 3, K. Dietmeier 3, Barnes, Cromwell, Moyers, O’Brien, K. Dietmeier; Kent Denver: Shankle 2, Shay, E. Hunt, M. Hunt.
Assists — Fairview: Barnes 2, Cromwell 2, Bloomquist, O’Brien; Kent Denver: Shankle, E. Hunt.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Hubbard (50-5-7); Kent Denver: Kinney (50-11-9).