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The field lights at Fairview High School went out in the third quarter of the boys lacrosse game between the Knights and visiting Monarch Friday night. It served to cut the Coyotes’ offensive surge, but not for good.
After a 15-minute delay, Monarch finished off Fairview, 10-6, beating the Knights for the first time since 2017.
Liam Hensler and Calvin Zwolfer each scored two goals as the Coyotes netted seven straight in front of the outage to go up 7-2. Fairview responded with two unanswered after the delay before Monarch took back control.
Derek Duplechin finished off a hat trick in the final minutes and Graysen Jolly also scored two in the win. Spencer Grumhaus scored a pair in the loss.
“It’s always a battle between these two teams,” Fairview coach Matt Kelley said. “There was all this stuff going on, but at the end of it, it was just two good teams here to play and have fun.”
The disruption came with eight minutes left in the third quarter and was quickly accompanied with Journey’s hit song, “Lights” on the overhead speakers. It, however, proved to be just a small part of the weird on this night.
Jerseys and goal nets violently rippled with another bout of strong winds sweeping across Boulder County and down through Fairview’s turf field. The gale was so severe at times, fans were seen scurrying up against fences, sheds, anything to provide at least some coverage away from it.
And as the lights came back on in the third, so did sprinklers. Fans sitting along the grassy hill on the west side of the field were taken off guard with an unexpected soak. The sprinklers remained on throughout the rest of the game.
“Yeah the wind sucked, it’s a little chilly out here, and the lights kept going out,” Hensler said. “But we worked our (butts) off, and it came out in the end. We won.”
Through wind, darkness, a mist, Monarch remained balanced.
A reply to two quick goals from Brooks Flynn and Cooper Theodore to open the game, the Coyotes pulled away with seven straight to close the opening half.
Duplechin, Sam Riecken and Jolly scored in a span of 1:05 to push Monarch out front. Duplechin struck first, getting a feed from Hensler before hitting with 7:07 left in the first quarter. Riecken then followed 17 seconds later with his third goal of the year and Jolly made it 3-2 with 6:02 left.
From there, Zwolfer and Hensler followed with a pair of goals before the break. The last came as Zwolfer strode in from the left side of the net and beat keeper Sam Rich with a powerful uppercut swing.
The four-goal win was Monarch’s biggest since it beat Chaparral 14-8 on April 2. The victory also snapped a three-game losing streak to Fairview.
“I don’t think there’s anybody on this team who doubts how dangerous we can be when we play at our full potential,” said Duplechin, who now has 34 goals on the season. “I think that’s a scary thing for teams because we haven’t reached our full potential yet.”
The regular season ends in a week. First-round games in Class 5A start May 11.
Monarch (9-5, 4-3 5A League 2), with a clear spot in the 24-team postseason, came into the night ranked 11th in 5A RPI. It will close out the regular season with a home game against Dakota Ridge Monday.
Fairview (3-9, 1-6), meanwhile, was just outside the projected playoff picture, ranked 26th. But the Knights’ chances will be boosted with three quality opponents left on its schedule. They’ll travel to No. 12 Lakewood Monday, host No. 1 Cherry Creek Wednesday and finish with No. 5 Colorado Academy on May 7.