Published: April 7, 2014
Getting to know a new coach still has its challenges.
Even if that coach, Marc Luckett, isn't that new after all.
"I grew up playing for Mark," Cheyenne Mountain senior lacrosse player Tarah Gilbreth said. "His style is more fast-paced than what we used to have."
Gilbreth, a senior, led an offensive barrage with six goals and three assists, and fellow senior Nell Crosby added four more goals, as Cheyenne Mountain broke open a close game with 15 unanswered goals in a 19-4 home nonleague drubbing of Dakota Ridge on Monday.
When Mary Serre departed after three seasons, Cheyenne Mountain found a successor familiar with its players from a different time.
Luckett, a Fountain Valley graduate, coached the local youth program for 12 years. In January, he decided to take the reins of an Indians program coming off a school-best 15-2 season.
"I hadn't been able to make that commitment to be varsity coach," Luckett said. "I couldn't let these girls not have a coach. I have a different approach in both offense and defense, and it's fun to see how far they've come since coaching them when they were younger."
Crosby scored two quick goals that gave the Indians (4-2) a 4-1 lead not quite 10 minutes into the game. When Dakota Ridge (3-4) followed with two tallies of its own, Cheyenne Mountain went on a long run of goals, led by dominant possession, running its offense to perfection and chasing down just about every ground ball.
"Defensively, we have that kind of philosophy that, if you have the ball, the other team doesn't," Crosby said. "They can't score if they don't have the ball. Possession is a huge part of our game, and we probably got 90 percent of the loose balls."
Alana George also added four goals for Cheyenne Mountain, which has a few days to get ready for its Southern League opener against Pine Creek on Friday.
"We're ready for league," Gilbreth said. "I think in six games, we've worked the kinks out, and we can come out even stronger for league. We're finally getting the team dynamic put together."
Gilbreth scored four of her team's last five goals of the first half, as the Indians opened up an 11-3 lead. They didn't let up in the second half, netting eight straight before the Eagles (3-3) finally ended their drought with 3:00 left.
"They were on and we were off," second-year Dakota Ridge coach Julia Steinbach said. "I don't know what happened, but we broke down. We were playing our fourth game since Thursday, so the girls were really tired. We're trying to rebuild here. Maybe in a couple of years, we'll look like them (Cheyenne Mountain)."