BROOMFIELD — What a difference a healthy roster makes.
On Friday morning at Holy Family High School, the Class 4A, 12th-ranked Tigers girls lacrosse team took No. 8 Dawson to task in a 19-6 victory, thanks in large part to a stellar first half.
Just two weeks earlier, the Tigers couldn’t gain any ground on the Mustangs as Dawson ran away with a 19-9 final.
“The other two midfielders had concussions, so I was the only midfielder that was able to play that game,” Holy Family freshman Julia Hodell said. “It really makes a huge difference because that girl, No. 17 (Dawson’s Annabelle Biggar) is really good at the draw. To have our draw person back, it just makes the game change because we were able to get more draw controls and that leads to more goals as a team.”
En route to victory, Julia Hodell (four assists) and Sidney Edmonds led the Tigers with a sock trick (six goals) apiece. Anna Hodell followed right behind at five scores. Sophomore Annabelle Biggar paced the Mustangs with a hat trick herself.
“I think it was a great test for us,” Biggar said. “We’re a brand new varsity team, so I’ve just been really proud of us all season. I think we’re really learning how to play lacrosse and work with each other and I couldn’t have asked for a better season.”
The Tigers came out firing on all cylinders in the first half as they dominated ball control and the pace of the game from the get-go. By halftime, they had built up a 12-4 lead as Julia Hodell, Anna Hodell and Sidney Edmonds cruised to easy hat tricks.
That trend didn’t change much in the second half as Holy Family never seemed to lose steam, despite the heat and beating sun.
“They’ve improved immensely,” Holy Family head coach Sarah Brown said. “More than half of these girls have never played lacrosse before, never even seen it or heard of it, so they really just picked it up like two and a half months ago. Some started two and a half weeks ago, starting late into season. To see them be able to pick it up, to actually listen — which is huge — I’m just so proud. They really worked hard, especially in the heat. They didn’t make any excuses and I think just going in with a mentality like that is so important.”
The Tigers have just two games left in the regular season as they head next to Horizon at 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Dawson, on the other hand, is now finished with its regular season.
“I think it’s a really good contest and really good competition with Holy Family,” Dawson head coach Jane Karger said. “I think it’s both of our first years of varsity, so being able to see the improvement of their team as well as our team throughout the season, it gives us a lot to think about in the offseason and moving forward into next year.”