Stall tactic doesn’t slow down Rebels

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By Michael Hicks

LAKEWOOD — It wasn’t a matter of if Columbine would score. It was just a matter of when.

And how many times.

Ralston Valley’s girls lacrosse team held the ball in a watching-paint dry stall to open the May 8 game at Trailblazer Stadium. But like the Rebels had done 14 times previously this season they took control of the regular-season finale — a 14-5 victory over the host Mustangs — which served as little more than a postseason tune-up for Columbine.

Annie Larson scored five goals for the Rebels (15-0, 9-0 5A Jeffco), who put seven of the game’s first eight goals in the net.

Ralston Valley (13-4, 6-3) held possession of the ball for the opening five minutes before Chelsea Roberts got a free play. But her shot was saved by Columbine goalkeeper Jenna Hoffman, and the Rebels were off and running from there.

“I felt like that was kind of ridiculous. We’re out here to play lacrosse, not just stand around,” Larson said.

Columbine did that. Played lacrosse, that is.

Lauren Snow’s game-opening goal was just the beginning. Maddie Tedford, Paige Amme and Jordan Dierkins scored two goals each just hours after they were a group of Rebels who took part in a U.S. national lacrosse tryout at Regis Jesuit High School.

So how did the tryout go?

“OK. I don’t know,” Tedford said.

There was no doubting how the game went, however.

Sarah Zoehlsdorff scored twice for Ralston Valley. But that wouldn’t be nearly enough to contain Columbine, which begins the playoffs May 15.

“This is just another game. We come out ready for every game. This is just another one to get us ready for the other teams that were going to play,” Larson said. “We didn’t come in here knowing we’re going to lose. We didn’t in here knowing we’re going to win. We just came here to play. We really brought it. That was really fun.”