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Green Mountain girls play lacrosse in season opener

LAKEWOOD — Shea Murphy would have preferred to be at the Denver Coliseum the morning of March 12.

A loss to Mullen in the Final Four of the Class 4A National Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 10 ended the hoops season for Green Mountain. Still, Murphy had no problem heading to Trailblazer Stadium on Saturday morning to play in the Rams’ women’s lacrosse season opener against Grand Junction.

“It’s so nice to be here,” Murphy said. “I’m a little sad that basketball is over, but we can celebrate tomorrow at our banquet. Let’s go for the next sport.

Murphy helped the Rams win 83 college basketball games during his four-year college hardwood career. The senior midfielder helped Green Mountain to a 24-4 victory on the lacrosse field by scoring five goals.

“Lacrosse is kind of my main sport,” said Murphy, who signed to play lacrosse at Regis University next year. “I was really excited to come here and help the team. It’s a good group of girls.

Murphy isn’t the only basketball player making the quick transition to the lacrosse field. Rookie Avery Freedman was another basketball player who made his mark on Saturday morning scoring four goals for the Rams.

“It’s been a pretty smooth transition for all the girls,” Green Mountain coach Maddi Ossello said of the lacrosse program’s handful of basketball players. “I was sad to see them lose in the Final Four, but we’re delighted to have them back for practice on Friday and here today.”

Junior Sophia Warren matched Murphy’s goal production with five goals herself. Freshmen Kara Harris and Rome Villani each scored three goals. Senior Trish Le added a goal for the Rams.

“I already see the potential in the team,” Murphy said. “I’m really excited to see how far we can go.”

Green Mountain advanced to the 4A state quarterfinals last season despite playing a freshman goaltender in Gretchen Hoffman between the posts. Hoffman was solid in the next opener allowing just four goals.

“She (Hoffman) has grown tremendously as a goalie this year,” Ossello said. “His communication is there. She makes those really important saves. She has really established herself as a leader even though it is only her second season as a goalkeeper.

There is no doubt that the 4A West League will be the toughest in the 4A this season. Evergreen, Poudre School District, Golden, Castle View and Green Mountain were all ranked in the top 10 of the preseason poll.

“We want to go further in the playoffs for sure,” Ossello said of the Rams’ loss to eventual state champion and Jeffco rival Evergreen in the state quarterfinals. 4A last season. “I think there’s a blow to the state, but they have to stay humble and stay focused on the season.”