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LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t perfect, but Dakota Ridge’s boys lacrosse team was good enough April 11 to stay perfect on the season.
The Eagles improved to 9-0 on the season by handing Lakewood, ranked No. 8 in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 5A boys lacrosse poll, its first loss of the year. The Eagles jump to No.9 in the April 16 rankings.
“I think it was really cool for Jeffco,” Dakota Ridge coach James Foote said after the Eagles’ 13-11 victory at Trailblazer Stadium. “It was really cool as a conference to have an 8-0 team and 7-0 team get after it. It wasn’t the cleanest one by any means. It was fun.”
Dakota Ridge kept a slim lead for the majority of the 5A Jeffco League opener for both teams. The Eagles’ largest lead was four goals, but the Tigers (8-1, 1-1 in league) trimmed it down to one goals several times throughout the offensive game.
Senior Samuel Arfsten had a pair of goals for the Eagles. Dakota Ridge’s strong junior class poured in the rest of the Eagles’ 11 goals with Drew Eickelman and Carson Langfield scoring four goals each.
“I wasn’t really surprise,” Langfield said of the wide-open game. “Lakewood is strong offensive and we knew it would be an offensive game. Our defense performed when we needed them and we came out with the win.”
Lakewood looked to make one last push midway through the fourth quarter with goals from juniors Kegan Hufford and Evan Woods to cut Dakota Ridge’s lead to 12-10 with 5:23 left to play. However, Langfield stepped up with a huge goal with 2:32 left to push the Eagles’ lead back to three goals.
The Eagles had to play shorthanded in the final quarter with Eickelman suffering an apparent ankle injury.
Lakewood remarkable junior class scored all 11 of the Tigers’ goals. Hufford, Jacob Brunner and Pierce Holley scored three goals each. Woods finished with two goals. It wasn’t enough as Lakewood suffered its first setback of the season.
“I think our message was that it isn’t fun to lose. It doesn’t feel good,” Lakewood coach Eric Seelbach said. “We’ve just got to move on.”
Seelbach said he thought the Tigers were “undisciplined” on defense as Lakewood gave up a season-high 13 goals. Lakewood didn’t allow a Dakota Ridge goal in the first five minutes of the second half, but the Eagles ended up with three goals in the final seven minutes of the third quarter to get their offensive back in gear.
“I definitely think we had the momentum coming out of the locker room at halftime,” Seelbach said. “We were just too sloppy and couldn’t maintain composure from top to bottom, me all the way down to the rest of the team.”
The Tigers will host league opponents Bear Creek on April 20, and travel to Chatfield on April 25.
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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