The April 11 Highlands Ranch-Douglas County boys lacrosse game lived up to expectations. It was a fast-paced, hard-hitting contest with players from both teams frequently getting knocked to the turf as a result of collisions and checks. The game developed into a back-and-forth contest for three periods, but the Falcons exploded for eight fourth-quarter goals to win the game 16-9.
“We have a decent amount of depth, which helps now that we are dealing with some injuries,” Falcons coach Matt Bocklet said after the game. “We are a pretty balanced team and I am happy with the way we stepped up, particularly in the fourth quarter as we outscored them 8 to 2 to get the win.”
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter but Douglas County rallied to keep the game close. Highlands Ranch led 4-3 at halftime and scored the first four goals of the third period. But the Huskies came back and trailed 8-7 going into the final 12 minutes of the game. That was when the Falcons offense took control as they scored two goals in less than 15 seconds and went on to win, 16-9.
The Falcons took 36 shots on goal and seven players scored goals for the team. Tommy Mott led the scoring with six goals and teammate Jimmy Pettet scored four goals. Three players, Joe Bertsch, Nick Gallegos and T.K. Hammond each scored a goal and had an assist, while Jake Lyon and Kobe Eller each scored a goal.
Hunter Heaston was in goal for Highlands Ranch and he made 10 saves. On the field, Brock Taylor took a total of 18 faceoffs and won nine of them.
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Tommy Mott plays attack, and the six goals he scored against Douglas County raises his season total to 37 goals and four assists.
“My dad was a pro lacrosse player and he taught me the sport. I played basketball for a while but I was good at lacrosse, so I dropped basketball to focus on my favorite sport,” the Falcons senior said after the game. “My dad was a lefty attackman like I am and he taught me a lot of tricks of the trade to help me put good shots on goal.”
He said it feels great to take the ball deep in his own territory and maneuver the length of the field to get in position for a good shot.
“You have to know where to go,” he said. “The other team's guys are playing defense so they will try to keep you away from the goal and they will try to take the ball away from you. You have to be smart, look for openings and, if they aren't there, pass the ball to a teammate to keep the attack going”
He smiled and said his lacrosse career will continue after graduation because earlier that day he had signed to play Division I lacrosse for the Air Force Academy.
The win raises the Falcons' overall record to 6-4 and they are now 1-1 in league, tied for third place with Rock Canyon in the standings. Highlands Ranch will close out the regular season April 28 against Mountain Vista.