The Heritage High School lacrosse team established a winning record for the first time this season on April 10 when they bested Littleton 14-2.
“We got off to a slow start. One of our players got badly hurt early in the first game and it took our team a while to rebound,” Eagles coach Brandt Hodgson said before the Littleton game. “We have gotten it together and have won four in a row coming into today's game.”
With the Littleton game, the schedule keeps the Eagles busy. Heritage played George Washington on April 13 and were at home April 19 against Colorado Academy. Heritage then will have a home game in Littleton Stadium April 22 against Smoky Hill.
The coach said the Eagles are strong all across the board. He is using a regular rotation of two lines of midfielders and making spot substitutions from the third midfield line.
He said the defense is playing well, with junior Michael Oldenberg in goal for the Eagles this season.
“Michael played junior varsity goalie last year and is doing a good job for us this season,” Hodgson said.
The Eagles have about 30 players on junior varsity and 30 on varsity this season. The coach said he feels the growing interest in lacrosse at Heritage is because it is a fun sport to play and the youth program does a good job getting athletes wanting to play lacrosse in the spring.
Across the field, Littleton coach Brad Todd guided his team through warm-ups.
“We graduated a lot of players from last year's team, so we have a lot of young guys coming up from the junior varsity to fill starting roles,” he said. “This is definitely a different look from the 2012 team, when we were 9-7 and made the playoffs.”
The coach said the team's strength is the ball-handling skills of the players on attack and the depth at midfield, which makes it possible for Todd to use a three-line rotation.
“A lot of our defensive starters are new to varsity, so we changed up the schemes a bit,” Todd said. “Our kids are adjusting to the new defensive alignment and we are steadily improving.”
He said the April 10 game against Heritage is always special because it is against a rival as well a game that counts in the league standings.
Things don't get any easier for Littleton after the Heritage game, On April 12 they played Colorado Academy and April 17, they were on the road against Kent Denver, a team tied for the league lead. The Lions return home April 19 against Rangeview in a 4:30 p.m. game in Littleton Stadium.
The Eagles took control early in the April 10 game against the Lions. Heritage scored the first five goals and the score never got any closer as the Eagles won, 14-2.
Heritage took 27 shots on goal. Joshua Davis had two goals and an assist, Matthew Rosenbaugh had two goals as nine players put the ball in the net for the Eagles.
Heritage goalie Michel Oldenberg faced 17 shots on goal and made eight saves.
Littleton got goals from Riley Herges and Joe Timms. Aaron Montfort, in goal for the Lions, faced 27 shots on goal and made 13 saves.