Air Academy 9, Kent Denver 6
At Air Academy: The Kadets won a showdown between two of the top lacrosse programs in the state on Thursday thanks in large part to a standout performance from Jaycee Davis.
Davis, who has been in a goalie competition with Marlissa Wingett, turned aside 15 saves and was instrumental in clearing the ball from the defensive zone for Air Academy (1-0).
"I went with Jaycee today and she answered the bell," coach Sean Harmon said. "Her confidence continued to build as the game went on."
Beyond Davis, the early season victory is certainly a confidence boost to the entire Air Academy squad - which received four goals from Maddie Jahelka - which is an early favorite to make a deep postseason run in 4A.
Natalie Berg and Kaley Holmes each had two goals and Jessica Berg also found the back of the net once.
Erin O'Shaughnessy led Kent (1-1) scorers with two.
Harmon concluded that Thursday's win certainly came down to defense, and Davis was a major part of that.
"It was a very big defensive battle," Harmon said, "and she was a big reason we won."
Palmer Ridge 18, Summit 0
At Palmer Ridge: The Bears won their home opener by erupting for 18 goals and shutting out Summit to improve to 3-0.
Mary Koch led the way with a game-high five goals, while Morgan and Mason Wolfe each posted hat tricks and two assists. It was Koch's second five-goal game of the season.
Palmer Ridge is averaging 16.7 goals per game.
Summit is 0-1.
Sand Creek 5, Coronado 1
At Coronado: Emily Lambert did all she could in net for the Cougars, pushing aside 34 shots, but Coronado fell to Sand Creek at home.
Coronado (0-1) sophomore Ali Hill scored her first varsity goal.
No stats were reported for Sand Creek (2-0) by press time.
Woodland Park 3, Buena Vista 1
At Buena Vista: Morghan Sieracki found the back of the net two times on the road to lead Woodland Park to its first victory with the win over Buena Vista (0-1).
Jenny Sells set up both of the junior's goals and also scored one herself for the Panthers (1-1).
Samantha Self made three saves in 50 minutes, while teammate Becky Seib finished with two in 30 minutes.
Fountain Valley 4, Manitou Springs 3
At Fountain Valley: The undefeated Danes used three goals in the second half to earn a nonconference victory at home.
Eleanor Blood-Cheney led Fountain Valley (3-0-1) in scoring with two goals and an assist off a free kick.
Anna Greenbaum and Sophie Deignan also scored for the Danes.
No stats were reported for Manitou Springs (1-1).
Palmer Ridge 2, Palmer 0
At Palmer: Maddie Tominello and MacKenize Gouner scored to lead Palmer Ridge to a victory on the road.
Kaylyn Smith posted one save for the shutout.
Palmer falls to 0-1.
Pueblo County 4, Vista Ridge 1
At Vista Ridge: The Grizzlies received a goal from Teya Klein, but it wasn't enough as Vista Ridge dropped its first game of the season, falling to Pueblo County (1-0).
Jessie Mourning had 10 saves for Vista Ridge (2-1).
Lewis-Palmer 3, Canon City 0
At Canon City: Lewis-Palmer (2-0-1) scored once in the first half and two in the second to shut out Canon City (1-2).
Tigers goalie Kara Sallie made 12 saves in the loss.
Coronado 14, Fountain-Fort Carson 2 (5 innings)
At Coronado: The Cougars erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first inning to a turn 1-0 deficit into an eventual double-digit nonconference victory.
Freshman Alex Bumpus (3-for-3) was one of five different Cougars with two RBIs, not including Zach Robertson's three-RBI triple.
Gerber (1-0) was credited with the win on the mound after limiting the Trojans (1-1) to two runs on three hits and one walk.
No stats were reported for Fountain-Fort Carson.
Falcon 15, Pueblo West 5 (6 innings)
At Falcon: Trevor Alexander highlighted Falcon's 15-run, 13-hit onslaught against Pueblo West by going 2 for 2 with a double and a triple for a team-high three RBIS.
Bailey Flores scored a Falcon-best four runs.
The Falcons (2-0) posted three doubles and three triples.
Benjamin McDowell earned his first victory of the season by striking out four in six innings, while holding Pueblo West to five runs (three earned) on seven hits.
No stats were reported for the Cyclones (0-1).
Doherty 2, Onate (N.M.) 1 (9 innings)
At Las Cruces, N.M.: Doherty (1-0) scored in the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie and kick off the season with a victory at a tournament in New Mexico.
Stats were not available by press time.
Littleton 7, Rampart 1
At Littleton: Rampart dropped its season opener on the road.
Littleton starter Chris Jansky struck out eight and stifled the Rams (0-1) to one run on six hits.
No stats were reported for Rampart as of press time.
St. Mary's 13, Bishop Machebeuf 2 (5 innings)
At Bishop Machebeuf: St. Mary's starter Ian Manzo (1-0) struck out eight in three innings to earn the road victory and five Pirates recorded two runs batted in.
Tino Vigil was charged with the loss for Bishop Machebeuf (1-1).
Widefield 9, Pueblo South 6
At Widefield: Bret Stealey was a perfect 3 for 3 at the dish and crossed the plate twice as Widefield (2-0) downed Pueblo South (0-2).
Stealey also knocked in an RBI and posted a triple for the Gladiators, who received seven combined innings on the mound from Jacob Volcic and Jacob Guthrie.
Volcic (1-0) was credited with the victory after he held Pueblo South to three runs on five hits and four walks before Guthrie relieved the starter and surrendered three runs on three hits and a walk.
Lewis-Palmer 6, Rampart 1
At Lewis-Palmer: Courtney Brandes defeated Kayleigh Schmidt 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in No. 1 singles, as Lewis-Palmer won its home match.
Mesa Ridge 6, Sand Creek 1
At Mesa Ridge: Seniors Breanna Moorhouse (6-4, 6-4) and Katie Wood (6-3, 6-7 , 6-1] picked up wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, as Mesa Ridge earned a victory at home.
Canon City 5, Widefield 2
At Canon City: The Tigers swept singles, while Widefield took two of three doubles matches.
Makayla Shoup and Saraya Newman teamed to win No. 2 singles (6-2, 4-6, 6-2) and Kelly Howell and Noele Artmeier earned the victory in No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-0.