Cougars upbeat about future in spite of loss

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By Joe Vaccarelli

LAKEWOOD – The Evergreen Cougars girls lacrosse team had a tough end to the season. They went 0-9 in league play and lost their final nine games overall, including a 16-6 loss to Golden on May 8 at Trailblazer Stadium.

But head coach Alyssa Trudel and her team are focusing on the smaller victories that maybe aren’t in the standings.

So what if the Cougars trailed 12-1 at the half to Golden. Evergreen didn’t quit, and it came out strong in the second half, outscoring the Demons 5-4.

“I was really proud of their performance today. I thought they did a great job, knowing that they’re in their finals and they’ve got a lot going on, I was really happy with how they played against a really awesome Golden team,” Trudel said.

The game was tied at one early in the first half as freshman Lucy Koch got the Cougars (2-12 overall, 0-8 5A Jeffco) on the board. But then the floodgates opened and the Demons scored 11 consecutive goals to end the first half. The Demons were led by Kelsea Wallace, who would finish with four goals and an assist, and Rachel Hebberd, who added a hat trick.

Golden (10-5, 7-2) was so dominant in the first half that in addition to its 12 goals the Demons had 10 more shots on net that were stopped by Cougars goaltender Cassie Blochinger.

Senior Luisa LaSalle scored her only goal of the match and Koch added a second as Evergreen scored three straight goals to cut its deficit to 13-4 early in the second half. Freshman Chloe Padgett also turned in a nice individual effort, scoring two goals in a 37-second span.

“We definitely picked it up in the second half and did great, so we were proud of that,” LaSalle said.

Evergreen will now try and take some lessons learned this season and look to the future as their returning members add a year of experience and can build on some of the improvements from this year.