It was senior night at Douglas County Stadium on May 2 and the seniors on the Denver South and Castle View girls lacrosse teams were honored at halftime.
The game was intense for many of the players and also a contest that determined first place in the Class 4A South League.
Castle View scored 10 goals in the second half and turned the decisive game into a runaway with a 17-5 victory.
“It was senior night, very emotional and we pulled it together,” said Castle View coach Samantha Silverman. “It was fun.”
One of the seniors for Castle View, Samantha Hughes, scored five goals for the Sabercats. Sophomore Tessa Boehm had four goals while senior Evie Tanella added three goals to the Sabercats’ attack against the Ravens.
“The team played really well,” said Hughes, who will be attending and playing women’s lacrosse at the University of Florida next season. “There were a lot of emotions but we played very well. I played pretty good on defense and offense with teammates helping me out with plays. It’s a team effort and they help me out with my achievements.”
Castle View, the top-ranked Class 4A team in the CHSAANow.com state poll, wrapped up its league season on May 4 with a 24-7 romp over Pueblo West. Senior Riley Schultz had six goals and nine points in the game while Hughes and Tanella each tallied five goals.
The win over Pueblo West improved the Sabercats’ overall record to 14-1 and concluded a 5-0 league season.
Hughes now has 51 goals and 65 points for the season. Boehm has 46 goals and 64 points.
“We’ve been working so hard,” said Hughes. “The state
championship is coming up. We have to keep it up, work hard in practice and keep our chemistry together. If we can keep it up, we can end up getting that.”
Silverman feels the Sabercats will be prepared for the state playoffs, which for Class 4A began with first-round games on May 9.
“We’re ready for it,” she said. “We have to work together as a team and we’re having fun no matter what we are doing. We will work on what we have to work on. We’ll be ready for the tough games.’’