EDWARDS — Guys, you have a darn hard act to follow.
Aspen girls lacrosse outlasted Battle Mountain, 14-13, on a sudden-death goal from the Skiers’ Shannon Turbidy 15 seconds into the third session of overtime in an instant classic in Edwards on Tuesday.
The Aspen and Battle Mountain boys teams play here today at 5:30 p.m., and it’s hard to see them putting on a better show.
“It was a really fun game,” Turbidy said. “We’ve always been tight with (Battle Mountain). I’ve played on the same team with some of the girls — Maddi (Conlin), Clare (Baker). They’re a lot of fun to play. It was fast.”
The Huskies took a 3-1 lead, only to see the Skiers run off six straight goals in the first half. Battle Mountain rallied to within 7-6 at halftime and took a 12-9 advantage in the second 25. Aspen scratched and clawed its way back to tie it at 12, capped by a score from Nina Christensen with 8.1 seconds left in regulation. In the second overtime period, which was not sudden-death, the Skiers’ Libby Dowley scored with 1:15 remaining with Battle Mountain’s Anna Trombetta tying it up with 13.5 seconds to go, sending it to a third OT.
‘Part Of The Game’
“In the Western Slope, out in the mountains, to have such a competitive game, I don’t know if we’ve seen one like this yet in the history of our program,” Aspen coach Lauren Riddick said. “We are so excited to see lacrosse in the Western Slope get more and more competitive.”
“It was a great game, and it’s part of the game,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “Sometimes, you don’t come out on top. We played them until literally we couldn’t play them anymore. They worked hard. This is a team that used to beat us by 10 goals all the time when I got here. Now we take them into sudden-death, and we get to play them again in a week and a half.”
While Tuesday’s game was the official league tilt between the two teams, Battle Mountain calls on Aspen in Pitkin County on the Thursday after next.
Aspen (9-2) trailed 12-9 with 3:12 remaining in regulation but got goals from Carson Campisi and Turbidy. Battle Mountain’s Baker, who had six goals, and Conlin, who had five, both had chances in the final minute only to be denied by Aspen keeper Hannah Clauss.
Christensen got a breakaway in the waning seconds and sent the game into two three-minute overtimes.
“The team that has momentum usually wins in overtime,” Riddick said. “Having scored in regulation going into the first overtime was huge. It built their confidence to a point, even if we had hard moments that they could still come back.”
After a scoreless first overtime frame, Turbidy to Dowley gave the Skiers a 13-12 lead in the second OT. Behind the play, Baker was involved in a collision and left the game with what appeared to be a right-leg injury. Jaissle said after the game she hadn’t seen the collision and had no opinion on whether a foul should have been called.
Nonetheless, Battle Mountain kept fighting. Amie Hixon, who had a great defensive game, took a foul and started it forward for Trombetta to tie it up with 13 ticks left in the second extra session.
Battle Mountain actually won the faceoff to start sudden-death overtime, but Turbidy stole the ball and streaked toward the Huskies’ end.
“Honestly, it’s just a matter of staying composed,” Turbidy said. “I knew that (Battle Mountain’s) really fast; I knew I had to push through. I needed to get down before the defense did. That shot, I had to take my time. The goalie (Siena Miller) came out. She’s an amazing goalie. I needed to make sure I put it around her.
“It was the best feeling ever. I think at first I was in shock. I saw my friend in the back. Her eyes were wide, and I just saw my entire team running toward me.”
Aspen hosts Fruita Monument on Thursday in the de facto Mountain Conference championship game, while Battle Mountain is at Eagle Valley on Friday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.