As Douglas County High School boys lacrosse continues to learn and improve, crosstown rival Castle View was able to take advantage of the growing Huskies for another season.
County played host to the Sabercats on March 21 at Douglas County Schools Stadium in Castle Rock, where the Cats handed the Huskies a 13-2 loss in Douglas County League action.
The loss came after a 13-3 win for the predominantly junior-seeded County over Palmer, the team’s first victory in two seasons after a winless 2011 campaign. For the Cats, the win propelled them to a 3-2 overall start.
Castle View’s Chase Lamdin, a senior attacker, said the win over County was reward for playing like a team and not being selfish. He said the Huskies’ improvement was noticeable, however.
“We zipped it around and played for each other,” Lamdin said. “It was a much cleaner game than last time, and that always makes it fun for everyone.”
Since last year, County has shown improvement in its stick skills and among its outside shooters. Goaltender Jacob Massey said the Huskies are showing more teamwork compared to last season and bring a group of players to the season who are willing to put in the work.
“We have the talent, but we haven’t always shown it,” Massey said. “We will get better.”
The junior net-minder, who scored the first of the Huskies’ two goals, said he feels the team’s midfield has gotten much stronger as well as its attack. Castle View’s transition, however, was a little much for County to keep up with this year.
Lamdin said View has areas to improve as well.
“Our man-up’s. We didn’t score on any of them [against County],” the senior said.
In addition, prior to facing Legend the following Friday, health was another concern given the Cats had played three games in four days, including the cross-town matchup. Against County, Lamdin was one of three Sabercats who scored a hat trick, including Ethan Howard and Nicholas Tuttle. Colin Brough scored twice.
Between the pipes, River Johnson and Stephen Hill shared goaltender duties. Johnson finished with nine saves. Hill had seven.
For the Huskies, Massey had 10 saves in that game.