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Chatfield girls lax disrupts Cougars in shooting frenzy

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By Alissa Noe

LAKEWOOD — The Chatfield girls lacrosse team wasn’t messing around when it came to play against Evergreen on Thursday.

At Trailblazer Stadium, the Chargers took the early lead and shook off the offensive drive from the Cougars, eventually winning 15-6. It was Evergreen’s first loss of the season and Chatfield’s fourth win.

“I think that we came out really strong because it was our first league game — one of our goals this year is to win league — so we wanted to come out strong,” Chatfield senior midfielder Ryley Carron said. “The defense really pulled it out because we had been kind of weak, but we really put it together, and so did our goalie.”

For the Chargers, Meghan Erbeck secured 13 saves as Evergreen goalie Lauren Spence locked down 17.

But still, the Cougars struggled to pull their defense together to help Spence out, especially in the second half after trailing only 6-3 at halftime.

“We have an amazing goalie,” Evergreen head coach Rachel Sanford said. “We’ve had a lot of great individual play. We played hard until the end of the game, so we’re looking to just string together a good 50 minutes next time.”

Throughout the matchup, five Chargers got on the board as Bailey Truex, Makenna Mant and Caron all scored four goals apiece. Evergreen’s Margo Miller led her squad with four as well.

During much of the first half, the Cougars and Chargers remained deadlocked as neither team earned much of an advantage. That all changed in the second half, when Chatfield’s already strong defense just got that much more stellar.

The Charger offense only bolstered its efforts as it charged the net at every opportunity and left Evergreen playing catch up. Caron and Truex each scored hat tricks in the last 25 minutes of play alone.

In the end, the Cougars just couldn’t keep up. But a game this early in the season can serve as a valuable learning experience for the harder games down the road.

“It’s nice because we can know what we need to work on for future games, especially for games with our rival Conifer,” Miller said. “I think it makes our team realize where we’re weak, and it gives us a chance to work on that in practice and work more together as a team.”

Evergreen returns to Trailblazer on Thursday to take on Columbine at 4 p.m. The Chargers will follow up that game with a 5:30 matchup against Golden. Chatfield is hoping it can build upon its recent success.

“One of our goals at the beginning of the season was we wanted to win league,” Chatfield coach Sarah MacDonald said. “Checking this one off the box, I think, was a real confidence builder, especially against a good competitor like Evergreen. Coming out and having us score 15-6, I think that really helped build our confidence.”