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Girls lacrosse: Fairview routs Fruita Monument

Knights get first win after playing tough in daunting opening portion of schedule

  • Fairview High School's Camille Johnson (No. 6) shoots and scores...

    Fairview High School's Camille Johnson (No. 6) shoots and scores past Fruita Monument High School's Maryn Brown (No. 3) and Emily Acosta (No. 50) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. 2) drives toward the net while covered by Fruita Monument High School's Addie Stehman (No. 7) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. 2) drives toward the net while covered by Fruita Monument High School's Addie Stehman (No. 7) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Abigail Day (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Abigail Day (No. 10) looks to make a move around Fruita Monument High School's Heather Starkweather (No. 13) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Mia Reinke (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Mia Reinke (No. 17) looks to pass in the game against Fruita Monument High School on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Camille Johnson (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Camille Johnson (No. 6) shoots and scores against Fruita Monument High School on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. ...

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    Fairview High School's Allie Hartmann (No. 2) and Emerson Massimino (No. 24) celebrate a goal by Ava Welty (No. 5) against Fruita Monument High School on Friday, April 1, 2022.

  • Fairview High School's Abigail Day (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Abigail Day (No. 10) looks to get around Fruita Monument High School's Sarah Mathwig (No. 9) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Emilia Brown (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Emilia Brown (No. 18) collides with Fruita Monument High School's Heather Starkweather (No. 13) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Tessa McCollester (No. 27) shoots between Fruita...

    Fairview High School's Tessa McCollester (No. 27) shoots between Fruita Monument High School's Heather Starkweather (No. 13) and Aleah Danner (No. 15) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Finnley Dancy (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Finnley Dancy (No. 11) tries to move between Fruita Monument High School's Maryn Brown (No. 3) and Cloie Carmosino (No. 4) on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

  • Fairview High School's Emilia Brown (No. ...

    Fairview High School's Emilia Brown (No. 18) looks to pass in the game against Fruita Monument High School on Friday, April 1, 2022. (Matthew Jonas/Staff Photographer)

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A trying opening season tab for the Fairview girls lacrosse program loosened like an oversized belt, and the silver-lining perspective following tight losses to the last two teams standing from a year ago was succeeded with a no-doubt, 15-1 victory over Fruita Monument Friday afternoon.

With many of the Knights players fine-tuning left-handed shots in the second half at Nevin Platt Middle School, it was a far cry from the competitive 8-6 loss to 5A No. 1 defending champ Colorado Academy to start the spring season, or the 10-9 defeat to No. 3 Valor Christian that followed.

Quickly and surgically, Class 5A’s fourth-ranked team picked apart the Grand Junction school in a game that rarely got behind the host’s midfield.

“Originally, we had two games scheduled that were canceled because of the snow, so we weren’t supposed to play CA and Valor, one-two,” coach Kelsey Sheridan said. “But there was definitely some silver lining to it. I think if we saw them a little later in the season, we would have had stuff cleaned up.”

Looked plenty sparkly Friday.

As heavy gusts of wind slanted across the field behind the school, junior attacker Cami Johnson had a hat trick before many parents could get settled in, notching her three in the first 2 minutes, 4 seconds.

Tessa McCollester added her second goal of the game to kick in the 10-goal mercy-rule running clock with 1:57 left in the half.  Then after Fruita Monument recorded its first shot 2:47 into the second, Tessa’s sister Gabriella followed with four more goals as the Knights spent much of the rest of the game working in less experienced players off the bench while practicing different techniques.

“We have a lot of new talent this year, our freshmen are very, very good,” said Johnson, who believes this team can go further than their 2021 state quarterfinals exit. “We just want to be more consistent because last year we did fall off a little bit. We want to carry the strength all the way through and keep getting better.”

Johnson now leads the team with seven goals in three games. The McCollester freshmen sisters each have six, while the other pair of sisters on roster, Ava and Mia Welty, each got their first goals of the season.

Early on, Johnson capped off a pair of feeds from Finnley Dancy, then squirmed by defenders left of the goal to net another in pushing the lead to 3-0. Tessa McCollester added her first of the game 19 seconds later, and the Knights got other goals from Mia Reinke, Abigail Day, Allie Hartman and Lily Zygowicz.

Dancy finished with three helpers to push her season total to a team-high five. Lucy Connors had two assists, Emerson Massimino one.

Fruita Monument’s lone goal came from Kendall Roehm with 13:52 remaining.

“It was tough to come off a loss like (CA and Valor), especially when they were really close games,” Johnson said. “We still had our head up because we knew they were both really good games. … I think the energy coming off those was high.”

Fairview (1-2) will travel to face Arapahoe Wednesday.