LAKEWOOD – It looked early on like Jessica Tobey and Samantha Sherman were trying to one-up each other. In some ways, they were. That was a good thing for Dakota Ridge and not so much for Conifer.
Tobey and Sherman traded goals back and forth in the game's first 9 minutes, 21 seconds as the Lady Eagles took an early lead in a lopsided 18-5 girls lacrosse victory over Conifer at Trailblazer Stadium on April 11.
“It is always a competition between us, but a friendly competition. We always work together because we're on the same team,” Sherman said. “In the end, it comes together.”
It came together frequently for Dakota Ridge, which scored 14 of the next 15 goals after Conifer had tied the game at 1-all in the first three minutes. Sherman finished with a game-high seven goals and Jae Ferrin added four, while Tobey scored three. Four other players -- Ali Pearson, Aleah Ballard, Paige Perea and Jessica Werner – also scored for the Lady Eagles (6-3, 1-2 Jeffco League).
Getting out to an early lead, especially after back-to-back losses to Ralston Valley and Columbine, was crucial, Sherman said.
“It definitely was,” Sherman said. “We needed a win coming off the two losses. It was important that we won this one.”
Sherman certainly did her part, scoring or assisting on 12 of Dakota Ridge's goals. She figured she had to.
“I think I have some pressure because I'm a captain, and I'm a senior,” Sherman said. “Being a senior, I have a lot to show the other girls.”
One of Conifer's few bright spots was the play of Callie Berg, who scored four of the Lady Lobos' five goals. Jordis Robinson scored the other one off an assist from Audrey Waters.
It doesn't help that Conifer (1-5, 0-4), playing in its second game in as many days, is just trying to keep its footing as its lineup has been decimated by injuries.
“We've been trying to recover from some injuries early in the season, which of course is awful when you don't know how the rest of the season is going to shake out without them,” Berg said. “We're just trying to get everybody on the same page. It's kind of hard when everyone is starting at different levels.”