Lakewood boys lacrosse hands rival Green Mountain first loss

Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 3/26/19

LAKEWOOD — Boys lacrosse bragging rights in Lakewood were on the line March 20 at Trailblazer Stadium. Cross-town rivals — Green Mountain Rams and Lakewood Tigers — faced off in a non-league …

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Lakewood boys lacrosse hands rival Green Mountain first loss

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LAKEWOOD — Boys lacrosse bragging rights in Lakewood were on the line March 20 at Trailblazer Stadium.

Cross-town rivals — Green Mountain Rams and Lakewood Tigers — faced off in a non-league game. Lakewood used a key 5-0 run in the first half on the way to a 13-5 victory over Green Mountain.

“We hit a stride in the second quarter that felt really good,” Lakewood coach Eric Seelbach said about the Tigers turning a 2-1 deficit late in the first quarter into a 6-2 lead late into the second quarter. “We didn’t give them any easy clears and got a ton of turnovers. That lead to a lot of transition goals. The energy was great.”

Lakewood senior Jacob Brunner led the scoring barrage with a pair of goals during the run. Brunner doubled his scoring output on the season with four goals on the night.

“On a personal level, we know a lot of the guys over there,” Brunner said. “It’s always fun to play them, but it’s always good to get the win.”

The Tigers (2-1 record) had balanced scoring with seniors Ethan Mauterer, Kegan Hufford, Evan Woods and Pierce Holley joining Brunner with multiple goals against the Rams.

“We can put out an offense where all six guys are absolutely dangerous,” Seelbach said. “That was really evident tonight.”

Green Mountain (3-1) just entered the CHSAANow.com Class 4A boys lacrosse rankings last week, coming in at No. 8. The Rams got off to a good start with a pair of first-quarter goals by senior Karson Bell.

Bell scored three times to push his goal total to 14 tallies on the season. Junior Trey Towndrow added the other two goals for the Rams to get his goal total to 10 on the season.

“Great team, scrappy and they have a lot of heart,” Hufford said of the Rams. “It was important for our seniors and our team to get the ball rolling a little bit. It was also important to go into spring break with a win and a winning mentality.”

Lakewood heads to California this week during spring break to get a few games in. When the Tigers get back they jump right into 5A Jeffco League play. Lakewood has its sights set on getting into the mix against history rich programs like Columbine and Wheat Ridge.

“As seniors we’ve never won league or been able to compete (for a league title),” Brunner said.

It’s truly nearly an all-Jeffco conference now with Valor Christian the only non-Jeffco Public School in the 5A Jeffco League.

“That is No. 1 (goal) right now,” Hufford said of competing for a league title. “No. 2 is making the playoffs.”

Hufford said there is even a bet with the Tigers’ head coach. The senior captain said if Lakewood wins the conference title this year, Seelbach said he would dress up like a leprechaun.

“We always want to look at winning Jeffco,” Seelbach said of the conference. “We feel it’s just as likely to be us than anybody else. If we can continue to improve and play like we want to play against opponents I don’t see any reason we couldn’t.”

The Rams also has high expectations. Green Mountain should be in the mix for the 4A Foothills League title with Golden. The Demons head-to-head victory over the Rams last year decided the conference title.

“We’ve got parts that make us competitive in all the games,” Green Mountain coach Nate Hallahan said. “We have arguably I think the best goalie (Ryan Burdi) in 4A and we have enough scoring when we put it together.”

Green Mountain returns from spring break by opening up conference play on the road against Englewood on April 3.

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

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