Heritage gains league lacrosse win

Eagles build early lead, outscore ThunderRidge 10-5

Tom Munds
Heritage's Keaton Komatz (24) pushes the attack against a ThunderRidge defender in the Eagles' 10-5 Continental League win March 12 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Komatz scored three goals in the victory.
Tom Munds
Heritage goalie Mitch Oldenbeurg guards the net as Eagles' defender Andrew Kaufman (1) works to keep a ThunderRidge attacker from getting off a good shot on goal. The Eagles won the March 12 game between the two schools, 10-5.
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Heritage combined quick passes and hard shots to score plenty of goals March 12 as they bested ThunderRidge 10-5 in Continental League boys lacrosse action.

“We are a veteran team with 20 seniors on the roster. They provide good game experience and leadership,” Eagles coach Jon Cohen said about his team. “All our players want to win and the seniors lead by example. They are the first ones at practice and the last to leave as we work to keep getting better.”

The Eagles lost the season opener March 8 to Arapahoe 11-6, but bounced back to raise their record to .500 with the win over ThunderRidge.

Heritage played at Kent Denver March 14 before packing up for a spring break road trip to the San Francisco area where they will play games March 26, 28 and 29 against California high school teams.

On March 12 at Shea Stadium, the Eagles scored a pair of goals in the first three minutes and built their lead over the Grizzlies to 4-1 by the end of the first period.

“I believe our strength is our versatility at attack and midfield,” Cohen said. “We have 15 players who move in and out to play either midfield or attack. They play either position so our offense can mount a lot of offensive pressure for us.”

The Eagles played a ball-control style, spreading out on attack, and looking for open passes to teammates in position to score, enabling them to stretch the lead to 7-2 at halftime.

Keaton Komatz and T.J. Florence each registered a hat trick for the Eagles in the win, while Rob Sublette added two goals and teammates Luke Thompson and Michael Colwell scored one apiece. Heritage goalie Mitch Oldenburg did his job as the Grizzlies put 29 shots on goal and Oldenburg made 24 saves.

“It was a pretty good night,” said Florence. “The hustle was working as all the guys on attack constantly kept moving looking for the smart shot on goal. The whole game was a team effort. I got great support from my teammates and I scored my goals on high shots.”