Girls’ lacrosse: Aspen needs an OT to secure a 14-13 win over Roaring Fork
The Roaring Fork Rams clashed after five goals in the second half of Saturday’s girls lacrosse game at Carbondale, forcing overtime before top-ranked Aspen was finally able to claim the 14-13 victory. .
It was another epic game in what is quickly becoming one of the most competitive high school sports rivalries in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The top two teams in the Mountain East 4A league also faced each other in a rain-soaked May 17 game in Aspen. It was the skiers who came late to win this one too, 12-11.
On Saturday, after the Rams rallied late in settlement to tie the 13-year-old, Aspen senior midfielder Kylie Kenny capitalized on a Roaring Fork turnover with every second of the extra 4 minutes expired except 30 to mark the winner of sudden death.
“It’s a little and a long way from her,” Aspen head coach Amanda Trendell said of her team captain, who traveled to the University of Denver to pursue her career in butt.
“Kylie is not only a great player on the pitch, but she cares about her team and you can’t ask for a better person to lead,” Trendell said.
Aspen improves to 7-0 and continues to hold the No. 1 spot among Colorado 4A teams heading into the final third of the regular season.
The skiers built a 7-4 first-half lead on consistent offensive runs from Kenny and junior forward Georgia Hollander.
Roaring Fork had a sophomore Addie Nolan goal with 3 minutes left in the half to bring the Rams down to less than one, 5-4. But Kenny scored back-to-back goals to give the skiers a comfortable lead at the break.
In the second half, Libby Claassen of Roaring Fork took advantage of the fact that skier goaltender Bella Haneman was called out to come off the field on a pass.
Claassen scored to make it 8-5 with 17 left, but Kenny, along with sophomore sister Michaela Kenny and Hollander kept the pressure on as the Skiers built a 12-7 lead in 10 minutes to play.
Roaring Fork, which combines players from Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Basalt high schools, was not going to give in.
Goals from senior co-captains Claassen and Riley Dolan took Roaring Fork to under 3 before Aspen junior Mia Seltzer found the net to slow the Rams’ charge down 13-9.
But it was Claassen who controlled the draw in the home stretch, as the home side rallied to tie two goals from Nolan and another pair of sophomores Sophie Hodson and Dolan to tie it at 13. with just over a minute to go in regulation time.
“The draw checks determine what happens in the game, and Libby found the majority in the second half,” Roaring Fork head coach Chelsea Robson said.
“Unfortunately, we had a lob or two pass that were taken out during that extra time,” she said. “But this team is totally supporting each other at all times, no matter what is going on there. They have great shooting skills and great communication skills, and that’s what makes things happen on either end of the goal.
Aspen’s Trendell said she enjoyed watching the young Roaring Fork program improve in its second season of play, after the spring 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic.
“I know a lot of girls from Roaring Fork. They’ve been working their butt out of training with some of our girls since September, and it shows clearly, ”Trendell said. “The more of these two programs that are worked into the offseason, the more chance people will have to see good lacrosse.
Roaring Fork drops to 4-2 with four games to go as the Rams look to place in the top-eight in the 4A standings for the playoffs. As the weekend approached, the Rams were ranked 11th.
The Rams are at home on Tuesday against Battle Mountain, while Aspen heads to Summit on Thursday.
Glenwood Springs Post Independent Senior Reporter / Managing Editor John Stroud can be contacted at 970-384-9160 or [email protected]