Girls Lacrosse: Grandview continues to gain steam with win over Smoky Hill

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Grandview's Maddy Presson (2) works upfield as Smoky Hill's Ashley Stevenson (4) defends during the second half of the Wolves' 13-4 Centennial League girls lacrosse win over the Buffs on April 17, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview’s Maddy Presson (2) works upfield as Smoky Hill’s Ashley Stevenson (4) defends during the second half of the Wolves’ 13-4 Centennial League girls lacrosse win over the Buffs on April 17, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Faced with the prospect of losing yet another game to weather problems, Grandview girls lacrosse coach Kevin Mortimer did whatever he could to get the Wolves on the field Friday.

Mortimer took a blower and his coaching staff used whatever tools they could to help dry out the Legacy Stadium turf ahead of his team’s scheduled Centennial League contest against Smoky Hill, which came just a few hours after a significant storm passed through.

The Wolves were able to take the field against the Buffaloes and continued the momentum they’d picked up recently on their way to a 13-4 victory that continued to move them up in the league standings.

“Before the game I’m out here with a blower trying to get the field ready,” Mortimer said with a grin. “We really wanted to get this game played for sure and make sure we kept our momentum going… We started the season strong, then we were off for a few games, but I think we’ve snapped out of it.”

Grandview snapped a four-game losing streak — which included close losses to league teams Arapahoe and Mullen — with decisive victories against Overland and Eaglecrest and rode the momentum to an 8-0 lead after one half against Smoky Hill.

Senior Taylor Ansel racked up two goals and two assists in the first half to put the Wolves on their way to victory, which moved them to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in league play.

Junior Madison Marshall scored three goals, Ansel added two and eight other players chipped in a goal apiece for the Wolves, who have won their past three games by a combined score of 53-5.

“I think we have a really solid team and if we played like we did tonight — moving the ball efficiently and taking good shots — I think we have a chance to go deep in the playoffs,” Mortimer said.

Smoky Hill scored all four of its goals in the second half — two by Katie Anthony — but dropped to 6-6 overall and 2-3 in the Centennial League.

Coach Kaitlynne Wetmore’s Buffaloes have already matched last season’s win total with three regular season games remaining.

Next up for Grandview is a 5:30 p.m. contest Saturday against Palmer Ridge, which it was originally scheduled to play in the season opener in early March, while Smoky Hill is home to Mullen at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

GRANDVIEW 13, SMOKY HILL 4

Score by halves:

Smoky Hill  0  4 —  4

Grandview  8  5 — 13

Smoky Hill goals: Katie Anthony 2, Kodi Paules, Ashley Stevenson; Grandview goals: Madison Marshall 3, Taylor Ansel 2, Emily Abele, Estefania Beltran del Rio, Megan Matthews, Morgan Matthews, Emma Mortimer, Maddy Presson, Demi Segura, Katie Sengenberger; Grandview assists: Ansel 2, Madison Magoon, Mortimer, Segura; Grandview saves: Cassidy Hoffman (10 shots on goal-6 saves)