By Tim Donohoo, For the Courier
Columbine girls lacrosse coach Alex Befus is a patient person. She knew it was just a matter of time before her Rebels would begin to gel as a unit.
That is exactly what transpired April 3 at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood against visiting Conifer.
The Rebels exploded on the offensive end and displayed a dominant defense as they upended the Lobos 16-2 in a Jeffco league matchup.
“It has been a struggle to get the girls to show up for a full 50 minutes this season,” admitted Befus. “We have had really hard practices over spring break and this week, and we finally showed up and played our game.”
Conifer matched the Rebels’ first goal of the match with one of its own at the 16:41 mark of the first half. Then the dam broke.
The Rebels proceeded to score seven unanswered goals in the next 13 minutes to take an 8-1 lead before Conifer senior captain Callie Berg scored with 3:33 left before intermission to make the score 8-2.
Columbine junior mid-fielder Sydney Block bounced in a nice shot with 7.3 seconds remaining in the half to give the Rebels a comfortable 9-2 halftime advantage.
Block has seen great improvement in the club since opening the season with a four-game losing streak and one road win over Cherokee Trail on March 20.
“There is still room for improvement, but we are getting better every day,” Block said. “Our chemistry is getting better on and off the field. We are connecting our passes on the field after a slow start to the season.”
Befus tries to get the squad to focus on its own play rather than on the opponent.
“We preach that it is always a team effort,” she said. “Offensively it takes seven girls to score a goal and the other seven girls to get the ball up the field. What I am most proud of today is that it took a whole team effort. It wasn’t just one player who won the game for us.”
Block connected for three goals in the win for Columbine (2-4 overall), who picked up its first home win of the year. Rebels senior Maggie Burns erupted for five goals and senior Savannah Mantele added four goals and an assist.
Conifer’s record dropped to 2-2 with the loss.