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BOULDER — It took Fairview girls lacrosse just 19 minutes on Wednesday to prove why the Knights are one of the best teams in Colorado.
In an afternoon affair at Nevin Platt Middle School, the Class 5A second-ranked Knights didn’t just defeat No. 9 Grandview. They outplayed the Wolves in every way possible as they secured the 18-5 victory, their seventh of the season.
Fairview has yet to show any signs of weakness as it clings to its perfect record.
“I don’t think we expected to be such highly-ranked going into the season, but we don’t want to give it up,” sophomore attacker Cami Johnson said. “Our team has so much depth that even if we pull our middy line out, our next middy line will just keep it up.”
Four ladies netted hat tricks as Johnson led the way with four scores. Senior midfielder Sydney Smith, senior attacker Isabela Bloomquist and sophomore defender Mia Welty complemented her performance with three goals apiece. Eight Knights in all got on the board.
Johnson entered the game ranked second in 5A with 26 goals to her name. She overtook the No. 1 spot over Grandview’s Mandy Brockamp with Wednesday’s performance and now has 30 scores to brag about. As a whole, the Knights have scored 109 goals in just seven appearances.
“I think (this game) highlights our depth, for sure,” head coach Kelsey Sheridan said. “We have a lot of talent — attack, defensively and midfield — so it feels really good to win against a team like Grandview. They’re awesome and hard competition, so it definitely feels good.”
Grandview struck first in the goal-heavy matchup, but that only worked against the Wolves. It lit an unquenchable fire in the Knights, who responded with 14 unanswered scores throughout the remainder of the first half.
Sheridan rested some starters in the second half, including starting goalie, junior Thayer Hubbard. With their defenses down a bit, the Knights let the Wolves close the gap ever so slightly as their own offensive prowess cooled off significantly. Their efforts in the final 25 minutes of play lent toward the 18-5 final.
The Knights have a little time to rest and recuperate as they return to action June 2 for a home game against No. 5 Regis Jesuit. Their final two regular-season games won’t be much easier, as they’ll take on No. 4 Valor Christian and No. 8 Kent Denver to close it out before the postseason.
“We’ve definitely tried to make the most of every opportunity this season because we have a short season and we only have 10 games,” Sheridan said. “We’ve tried to improve every game and grow, and I think that the girls have gotten better every game. We’re just going to use that momentum for the last three games of the season.”