The clash of Auraria is officially in the books.
With the new season prepared to get underway next spring, the Roadrunners’ Lacrosse team is hoping to get the best chance to stay in form.
That chance came with the start of the annual fall ball against the University of Colorado-Denver as they pulled away late in the fourth quarter to beat the Lynx 20-14 Sept. 27 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
UCD opened the scoring up and maintained the lead midway through the first quarter.
Down 3-2, the Runners found their fire after freshman attacker Drew Lazar possibly made the play of the game with a diving goal to hit the back of the net to tie the game.
“When you end up in a certain spot, there’s not much to do other than that,” Lazar said. “I had to go for it and it worked out.”
Metro continued to dominate, scoring six unanswered goals to lead the Lynx 8-3 after one.
The Lynx had multiple opportunities to put the ball in the net, but shot three consecutive shots wide and missed the chances.
Lazar added two more goals in the first with one bouncing past the UCD goalkeeper.
As the second quarter began, the Runners started once again on a slow start. Failure to secure the loose balls and defending got the best of the Runners.
The fire was once again brought back with freshman midfield/attack Kyle Miller scoring after a shot from the outside. Miller would later be called on a slashing penalty that led to a UCD goal that cut into the Runners’ lead.
The Roadrunners hung onto the lead with seconds left in the half. The Lynx scored a last second goal to cut the lead to 11-9.
Lazar took control of the third quarter, opening up the scoring with an over the shoulder shot that increased the lead 12-9.
It wasn’t but a minute later for UCD to answer right back as they scored the next three goals to pull within one.
Appearing to be more in control with the tempo of the game, Metro held out in the third to score two goals by freshman midfield Mitch Larson and freshman midfield Corbin Korsgard ending the third 14-11.
The fourth was all Metro with Larson, Miller and Martin all adding to the lead. Finally, Korsgard sealed the win with a late goal.
“We came out a little flat, it looked like, and then at halftime we had a good talk and turned it around,” Korsgard said.
The Lynx are in their first year of play and gave the Runners a true test that on any given night, either team could be beaten.
“I think we came out really well. I thought it was just more about getting into shape,” Lazar said. “We had a lot of fire and power going on. We started to ease a little bit early in the quarters. That’s what this fall season’s about. Working out the bugs.”
Metro capitalized on the ground balls with 36, while scoring 20 times on 37 shots on goal.
For fall ball, the Roadrunners see it as a second season to stay in shape and continue to work on the chemistry with the rest of the team.
The Runners finished last season 2-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
Metro is introducing 13 new members to go along with the 8 returners hoping to make a run in the national tournament.
This was the first matchup the Runners have had since last season when they were unable to enter the playoffs.
“Lacrosse is a game of runs,” Lazar said. “Just finding the right runs in the game.”
“They’re starting to gel and play as a team and are learning each others’ tendencies so I’ve got to give them a lot of credit,” head coach Aaron Meyer said following the win.
The Roadrunners will continue with fall ball play but with an interesting match when they travel to Golden to take on the Colorado School of Mines Orediggers Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.
“There’s some tough feelings there. It was a close game last year and they pulled it out in the end,” Meyer said. “I don’t really think I’m going to have to get these guys fired up. Even the new guys feed off the older guys. Even though it is fall, it’s still Mines.”