Kent Denver edges No. 9 Chatfield in girls lacrosse opener

LAKEWOOD — The opening day sun shined on Kent Denver’s girls lacrosse team late Thursday afternoon at Trailblazer Stadium.

The Sun Devils opened their season with an impressive 15-13 comeback victory against Chatfield, ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll.

The Chargers got out to an early 4-1 lead in the first handful of minutes with goals by seniors Bailey Truex, Ryley Caron, along with freshmen Makenna Mant and Grace Talbot. However, Kent Denver scored six of the final seven goals of the opening half to grab a 9-7 lead at halftime.

Kent Denver senior Madeleine Hunt led the way with five goals. Junior Caroline Shay and sophomore Kelsey Shankle added three goals each for the Sun Devils. Shay and sophomore Elenor Hunt scored goals in the final two minutes to break a 13-13 tie to seal the victory.

Caron finished with five goals and Talbot pitched in four tallies in the loss for the Chargers. Chatfield will try to bounce back with a road game Saturday at Cheyenne Mountain. Kent Denver has its home opener Tuesday, March 12, against Chaparral.