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Boys’ lacrosse falls in home opener

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By Phil Scherer

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n a highly physical contest, the Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team was unable to keep pace with the combined team of Cibola and Bosque, falling 9-4 Wednesday at Dara Jones Field in White Rock. 

This game was the Hilltoppers’ home opener, as the team’s first attempt to play at Dara Jones Field was postponed due to rain and snow in the area on March 15. 

After falling behind 1-0 early in the contest, LAHS answered right back, as James Flesner scored to tie the score 1-1. 

But it was quickly evident that Cibola’s attack would be hard to contain, quickly scoring two goals to take a 3-1 lead and gain control.

By running its offense well from behind the net, Cibola kept LAHS goalie JD Carson off balance and made it difficult for him to get in front of shots, leading to many quality scoring opportunities.

After James Gutieerez scored for the Hilltoppers to make the score 3-2, Cibola answered back, scoring two goals before halftime to go into the break with a 5-2 advantage. 

At halftime, the Hilltoppers brought the Matuszak family onto the field, where the number of former Hilltopper Trevor Matuszak was retired. Matuszak, who played hockey and lacrosse while in high school, tragically passed away last summer. 

Over this school year, Matuszak has been honored in various ways at football and hockey games as well.

His parents, Mick and Karen, and his sister Anna, were honored with a framed jersey with his No.12. 

This season, the entire team is wearing a patch on their sleeves with an interlocking hockey stick and lacrosse stick to honor Matuszak. 

After halftime, Cibola struck for three straight goals to take an 8-2 lead, putting the game out of reach for the Hilltopers. 

But LAHS kept pushing, picking up goals from Ryder Davenhall and Ben Moutlon before the final buzzer sounded, ending the game with a 9-4 victory for Cibola. 

Throughout the second half, the physical play increased on both sides, with multiple penalties called for excessive roughness. 

The Hilltoppers will be back in action at Dara Jones Field April 14 to take on Duke City. The game will begin at 3 p.m.