The Aspen girls lacrosse team visited Cate Mesa for Spring break and took full advantage of the sunshine at the expense of the Rams, trouncing Cate by a score of 16-2. It was the first visit from the Colorado squad since 2017, when the Rams topped the Skiers by a score of 9-4. The loss drops Cate to 1-3 overall as they have yet to begin Channel League play. Aspen remained undefeated at 3-0 with their first win outside of the Mountain League.
The Skiers scored on their first possession. Charlotte Howie rebounded in her own missed penalty shot and put the visitors up, 1-0. The Rams had difficulty generating any type of offense from the outset. Senior midfielder Maddie Erikson, one of only three seniors on the team, had a penalty shot opportunity of her own early on, but Aspen goalie Livi Carr denied her attempt to preserve the one goal lead. Howie added another with 17:30 left in the first half and Cate trailed, 2-0.
A little more than a minute later, Kylie Kenny spun around in front on the net, beating Rams junior goalie Liza Borghesani for a 3-0 lead. The Skiers added another with 15:05 left, and Cate was suddenly down, 4-0. But the home team got on the board with a little over 13 minutes to play when Maddy Erikson beat Carr from close range to cut the lead to 4-1.
But another goal, this time by Kate Citron, put Aspen back up 5-1. They built the lead up to 10-1 before the Rams found the back of the net again. This time it was Josie Erikson who whirled her way in for the goal, making the score 10-2 with 1:50 left until intermission. “Sophomores, Lily Zanze, Lilly Rhiel and Josie Erickson worked hard, won ground balls and fought in the midfield for the draw,” explained Cate coach Renee Mack. The margin grew to 10 by halftime, as the Skiers went up 12-2 going into the second half.
The Rams made some adjustments, moving seniors Andreah Graf and Daphne McKeefry back on defense. “Their hard work and support, quick feet and clear communication brought the team together on defense,” said Mack. Although the Rams were unable to score in the second half, they held Aspen to four goals the rest of the way. “Tori Trimble and Ali Istanbul also worked hard and played well on defense,” added Mack. Freshman goalie Coco LeRoy also made her season debut in the second half with six saves on the day.
By game’s end Howie scored five goals and dished out five assists in the match, and Citron scored four goals and an assist for the Skiers. Cate who has gone 32-2 in the past two years, has already been on the short end of the scoreboard three times this season. “I think when you start out slow, you can question your own level of play and your confidence … Once we find our confidence … we’ll start to play better,” said Mack. The Rams faced another test, taking on Oak Park on Saturday, March 23.