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Columbine tops Chatfield, remain unbeaten

By Dan Johnson

LAKEWOOD — With twice as many freshman and sophomores as they have upperclassmen, the future is bright for Columbine’s girls lacrosse team.

Its present is pretty sunny, too.

The Rebels enter the final week of the regular season with an unblemished record, thanks in large part to their fast-paced offensive attack. Columbine’s speed has been difficult for opponents to contain, and as a result, attackers and midfielders are scoring goals in bunches.

On April 21, Columbine (13-0) withstood an early flurry by rival Chatfield and walked out of Trailblazer Stadium with a hard-fought 16-10 victory.

“Oh my gosh, it’s so exciting. It’s the first time Columbine’s girls lacrosse team has beaten Chatfield,” said Columbine sophomore Maddie Tedford following the game. “It’s such a big rivalry so it’s just awesome for us to get the win.”

Tedford, a midfielder, admits that the unbeaten record is something the team wasn’t expecting.

“We thought coming into the season that we could be a very good team,” Tedford said. “But, never this good.”

The versatility in Columbine’s attack has been vital to the team’s success.

There is no one go-to scorer; literally everyone on the roster is capable of putting the ball in

the net.

Having more team unity and cohesion has also been important.

“We’re playing more as a team this year,” Tedford said. “We have a better idea of where everyone is going to be on the field and we’re making better passes and just really believing in each other. We know what each other can do.

“It’s a great team to be a part of.”