LAKEWOOD — The weather may have been freezing, but the Lakewood men’s lacrosse team came out hot to start the season on Friday, March 11 at Trailblazer Stadium.
The Tigers dominated possession and scoring chances against Golden in the season opener for both teams. Lakewood ultimately secured a 9-2 win.
“We came out hot. That’s what we really needed after last year,” said Lakewood senior Lane Lessley, referring to the Tigers’ 2-8 record last season. “We have a real special team coming this year.”
Lessley scored a game-high three goals for Lakewood. Junior Luke Brunner and second Matt Scott both added a goal apiece for the Tigers. Senior Jace Wright and sophomore Sawyer Cullen each scored a goal as Lakewood never trailed.
“The boys have worked hard already, even for a week and a half,” Lakewood coach Darin Denton said. “We have a good coaching staff and the players are buying. I’m happy and pretty excited about the season.
The Tigers took control of the game in the second quarter by scoring three straight goals to take a 5-1 lead. Lakewood finished the game with four unanswered goals.
“Last year was obviously a very tough year. To have a normal start to the season and to have a really good pre-season was great,” Lessley said. is what we want.”
The boys’ lacrosse season opener at Trailblazer Stadium began with near-freezing temperatures, but the field was cleared of snow and ready for the 4A Jeffco vs. 5A Jeffco contest.
Golden (0-1) lost in the 4A state quarterfinals last season to Erie but won the 4A state championship in 2019. Junior Chase Marini scored the Demons’ only two goals in of the loss to Lakewood.
The Demons will look to get back on track when they travel to Colorado Springs on Wednesday, March 16 to take on defending 4A State Champion Cheyenne Mountain.
“It’s going to propel us with so much momentum,” Lessley said of the Demons’ defense, which has been a constant contender for the 4A state for the past few years.
Lakewood had a good test in Denver East on Tuesday, March 15.
“A lot of these guys who are juniors never really grew up playing high school games,” Denton said, referring to the lack of a spring 2020 season and a shortened spring 2021 season. “We have a very good group and they are growing fast.”