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Green Mountain unable to upset Columbine at a snowy Trailblazer Stadium


LAKEWOOD — Columbine’s girls lacrosse team went dashing through the snow April 21 for its sixth straight victory and fifth consecutive win in Jeffco League play.

The Rebels, now ranked No. 3 in the CHSAANow.com girls lacrosse poll, took a 19-4 victory over Green Mountain on a snowy Trailblazer Stadium. The artificial turf field was clear after being plowed off before the first game of a Saturday afternoon girls lacrosse doubleheader.

“It’s always nice to play on a nice snowy day,” Columbine coach Sonorah Hunter could said with a smile.

Columbine (10-2, 5-0 in league) jumped out to an 11-2 lead at halftime. Four different Rebels — juniors Whitney Block, Emma Maxwell and Madison Hadden, along with senior Maeve Hungerford — scored for Columbine in the opening 10 minutes to get the Rebels going.

“It was a little cold, but we toughed it out. It definitely got warmer as the game went on,” Block said. “I think we played well.”

Columbine is attempting to win back-to-back conference title and claim the league title in Jeffco for the third time in four years. The Rebels close out conference play next week against Bear Creek (2-7, 0-5) and Chatfield (7-4, 4-0).

“The girls have been working incredibly hard. I think we’ve been taking it game-by-game,” Hunter said. “We are really focused on us as a team and how we can get better.”

The lone setbacks for the Rebels this season was an overtime loss to No. 3 Denver East and 20-8 loss to No. 1 Cherry Creek. Both of those games were more than a month ago before spring break.

“Our defense is the biggest thing we have to work on going into playoffs,” Block said. “I think our defense is really picking it up.”

Green Mountain (6-5, 1-4) was coming off a nice non-league victory over Steamboat Springs, but just couldn’t generation enough offense to knock off Columbine.

Senior Samantha Day and freshman KC Ossello scored for the Rams in the first half against the Rebels. Senior Sara Haefele, who is over the 30-goal mark this season, put in a pair of goals for Green Mountain in the second half.

The Rams close out their season with conference games against Golden (April 26), Chatfield (May 3) and Conifer (May 4).

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go to CHSAANow.com/Jeffco.


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