Following a hard-fought loss to rival UNC on Saturday, many Fort Lax players got the opportunity to stay with family on Colorado’s Front Range and enjoy some comfort food. A game against the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday helped to heal the wounds of the day before. UCCS is a non-MCLA school, so the game officially was a scrimmage, but it also provided a chance for the Fort to iron out some of the problems from their past 3 games and rest some injured players. The final score of FLC 17, UCCS 9 can’t fully show the good natured competition and pace of the game.
Coincidentally, the standout players of the game for FLC are from around the Colorado Springs area. Former Air Academy HS players Conor Henricks (4g 1a), Nick Wallen (2g 1a), and Cy Holliday (starting defense) set the tone all day along, playing inspired lacrosse in front of friends and family. Parker, CO native attackman Trevor Leahy also came to play, as his 5 assists demonstrated the selfless lacrosse the Fort is striving to play. Leahy also made 3 impressive saves as the backup goaltender in the 4th quarter.
With a few players resting, the Skyhawks reserves showed that they can handle themselves just fine. Freshman James Rott controlled attack and midfield play with 3 goals and 3 assists, as well as controlling the faceoff x. Senior Captain Michael Chase added 2 goals and helped lead the young midfield in his last game on the Front Range in his career. Ian Bragdon had 1 goal and 1 assist in some extended playing time as he continues his return from an injury, a return to form by him would be a big bonus for the Fort moving toward the playoffs. Erik Sortland (1g), Tim Cox (2g), Max Segal (1g), and Holden Randle (1g) rounded out the scoring for the Fort with most of the goals scored by spectacular and exciting efforts. Junior defenseman TJ Trump received the game ball for his complete game efforts on defense, using his 6’4″ 200lbs body to intimidate a good UCCS attack unit into multiple mistakes.
Hopefully, UCCS can continue to build and join the RMLC in the near future, they are a team with a lot of promise and a great location, we wish them good luck and thanks for the game. I also want to thank all of the family and friends who came to our games, it was great for the guys to see familiar faces and eat some quality food. After thousands of miles spent together on the road this season, we are truly a big family, I can’t thank you enough for entrusting me with these young men. We have grown up quite a bit this year, but we still have work to do, I believe we will reach our goals. Thank you all for coming along for the ride.
Fort Lax finally gets to stay home for awhile, as the last three regular season games are at home in Durango. Come on out to Cedar Field and watch us take on RMLC teams Johnson & Wales (4/11, 4:00pm), and Regis (4/12, 2:00pm), and Western State (4/19, 4:00pm) in must-win games for the Fort to make the playoffs. The team is back on a winning track, time to keep it going!