LITTLETON — Seeing that the Evergreen Cougars beat the Arapahoe Warriors in lacrosse would cause most fans to do a double take.
After all, the Warriors are the No. 1-ranked team in the state in class 5A and the Cougars were 3-5 in class 4A heading into Monday’s game.
But the Cougars didn’t get the top Warriors squad as they traveled to Littleton. Instead they battled Arapahoe’s Varsity II squad and beat them soundly 8-2 on April 19 at Powell Middle School.
Christian Herriman, Roe Fletcher and Evan Dreggors each had two goals and goalie Matt Hoff had 16 saves as the Cougars scored the final five goals of the match to turn a 3-2 nail biter into an 8-2 laugher midway through the fourth quarter.
Evergreen head coach Toby Plank wasn’t happy with the team’s first-half performance that saw lots of turnovers and sloppy passing, but said he thought the team stepped up in the second half.
“I think it was probably just effort really more than anything. Communication, some ground-ball work and most importantly, they came out and ran the offense,” Plank said.
Evergreen would be tied at 1 after one quarter and take a 3-1 lead into the second half despite their sloppy play, mostly thanks to some key stops by Hoff, who was superb in net all day.
“He’s consistent for us every game. When they’re shooting outside on him, he’s gonna make those saves all day long,” Plank said.
Arapahoe was able to close the gap to 3-2 early in the third quarter as Tyler Widlund scored, but then the floodgates opened up on the Warriors, who wouldn’t score again.
First it was Dreggors, who regained the two-goal lead for the Cougars, and then it was Tyler Beeder scoring and giving Evergreen their largest lead of the game.
Things would get out of hand in the fourth quarter as Herriman scored his first goal and would be followed by Dreggors’ second goal 32 seconds later early in the fourth quarter. Herriman would close out the scoring with his second goal midway through the fourth quarter.
“I was feeling good out there, just putting out my best effort, still trying to get on top out there,” said Dreggors, who also had two assists.