Even daylight savings time couldn’t stop Fort Lax on a crisp March morning at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Denver, CO on Sunday. The Skyhawks improved their record to a perfect 4-0 with a 11-4 victory over the Metro State Roadrunners. A 9:00 am start time meant that most players were weary eyed and still sore from a long van ride and a well-played win over Mines the day before. In what is becoming a habit for this young team, the Fort played unselfishly and got points from six different players, led by Conor Henricks’ 4 goals (several of the highlight reel variety).
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead to end the first quarter, the Skyhawks found themselves in a dog fight in the 2nd period, as Metro scored 4 goals, aided by four different penalties by FLC. Luckily, the Fort managed to answer with four goals of their own, including two by midfielder (and Durango native) Holden Randle. Freshman James Rott got the game ball for his 2 goals and 1 assist, filling in at attack for injured teammate Ian Bragdon and helping to pace the offense with great ball movement. In the 3rd and 4th quarter, the FLC defense rose to the challenge and held Metro without a goal, despite being man-down for 4 minutes of the 3rd quarter. The Fort defense has only allowed an average of 3.25 goals/game so far this season. The second half gave the team a chance to play a full bench and a patient possession offense, hopefully keeping the team fresh for its first home contest on Tuesday against a Utah State that has looked impressive in the early season. Fort Lax has also looked impressive in the early season, and even with two long road trips under their belt, there is still a long season left to play, and a lot of room for this young team to grow. The drive home to Durango is always nicer after a couple of solid wins though.