Young Lakewood lacrosse program making strides

Behind stud senior Adam Zimmerman Tigers improving

Daniel Williams
Lakewood Dayn Pyykkonen is as hard to cover defensively as his name is to spell. The sophomore pictured here against Chatfield has five goals in five games this season.

- It takes time to build a program.

In less than two seasons Lakewood lacrosse looks like it has a strong foundation. But along the way tough times will surface, evident by the Tigers’ 14-4 loss to Chatfield Friday at Trailblazer Stadium.

Lakewood was attacked almost immediately by Chatfield, which took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

And despite the Tigers arguably outplaying Chatfield over the next three quarters Lakewood couldn’t dig themselves out of the early game hole — which is growing problem.

Two days previously the Tigers were beat 13-6 by Dakota Ridge Wednesday at Trailblazer Stadium.

In that game Lakewood allowed the Eagles to take a 4-1 lead before it finally got into the flow of the game.

The Tigers went on to score two goals in each of the second and fourth quarters, but their early deficit took them out of the game.

Against Dakota Ridge, Tigers’ senior Adam Zimmerman scored four goals and assisted on one more. But the loss was Lakewood second straight.

The two losses also wash away what was a strong start to the Tigers’ season, as they had just won two of their previous three games, including a 9-4 win at Pueblo West High School on Monday.

In their win over Pueblo West the Tigers took a 4-0 lead and a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Zimmerman scored twice, as well as two of his teammates, including junior Tyler Stauffer. Lakewood also got a strong effort from junior goaltender Nick Federico, who stopped 17 of 21 shots in goal.

Perhaps spring break came at the perfect time for the Tigers, who will need to get back on track as soon as they are done “breaking.”

Lakewood (2-4) is already 0-3 in league play despite the young season. In addition, they are looking up at six teams in the standings who all already have at least one league victory.

The Tigers will play Columbine Friday at Trailblazer Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

The Rebels are the only team in the Front Range league with two league wins.