No. 7 Golden boys lacrosse back on track with win over Littleton

Dennis Pleuss
Jeffco Public Schools
Posted 5/1/19

ARVADA — A tough triple-overtime loss the previous week made it an uphill climb for Golden boys lacrosse to claim the Class 4A Foothills League title. However, the Demons — No. 7 in the latest …

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No. 7 Golden boys lacrosse back on track with win over Littleton

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ARVADA — A tough triple-overtime loss the previous week made it an uphill climb for Golden boys lacrosse to claim the Class 4A Foothills League title.

However, the Demons — No. 7 in the latest CHSAANow.com 4A boys lacrosse rankings — showed Wednesday, April 24, they aren’t going to let the setback against No. 4 Green Mountain keep Golden from finishing strong in conference play.

“I think we kind of cleaned the slate,” Golden defenseman Ben Brock said after the Demons’ 12-5 victory April 24 over Littleton at the North Area Athletic Complex. “That stuff is in the past and we just have to move forward.”

The loss to Green Mountain (11-1, 4-0 in 4A Foothills) on April 19 put the Rams in position to win their first ever conference title in boys lacrosse. Green Mountain has one league game remaining against Littleton on Wednesday, May 1, after press dealine.

Thumim admits the loss to Green Mountain still stings.

“It still kind of lingers,” Thumim said. “(Green Mountain goalie Ryan Burdi) probably had the greatest high school goalie performance I’ve ever seen in 21 years. He had 20 saves.”

Golden found the back of the net plenty of times against Littleton in the first game of the doubleheader at NAAC. Ben Kirschner was a scoring machine for the Demons. The sophomore attacker scored five goals, including three straight from the end of the second quarter until late in the third quarter as Golden extended its lead to 9-2.

“He (Kirschner) finally broke out. He is a good kid and works hard,” Thumim said. “I call him bacon because bacon makes everything better.”

Golden sophomore goalie Kyle desGarennes was solid in net for the Demons.

Golden (8-6, 3-1 in 4A Foothills) finishes off its conference schedule against Conifer on May 1. The Demons did sit No. 7 in the RPI standings before Wednesday’s win over Littleton, so a playoff berth really isn’t in question for Golden.

“We’ve been so up and down this year, we are just trying to put together a little winning streak. Any win at this point is something we’ll take,” Thumim said. “We still talk about Cheyenne Mountain last year coming in to the state tournament as the No. 7 seed and winning it all.”

Still, Golden would like to get its hands on a conference title before starting its playoff run.

“It kind of takes a toll on you to scoreboard watch,” Brock said. “Hopefully we can still get that league championship.”

Dennis Pleuss is a communications specialist for Jeffco Public Schools with a focus on athletics and activities. For more Jeffco coverage, go online at CHSAANow.com/Jeffco

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