FLC wins in blink of an eye

Skyhawks blind fledgling Grizzlies 22-3

Fort Lewis midfielder Ally Kvidera stormed out of the huddle during announcement of the lineups, and she helped the Skyhawks storm out to a quick 11-0 lead en route to a 22-3 win over Adams State on Sunday. Kvidera scored four goals and had two assists for FLC. Enlarge photo

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Fort Lewis midfielder Ally Kvidera stormed out of the huddle during announcement of the lineups, and she helped the Skyhawks storm out to a quick 11-0 lead en route to a 22-3 win over Adams State on Sunday. Kvidera scored four goals and had two assists for FLC.

Blink, and you would’ve missed a bunch Sunday.

The Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team got goals from here, there and everywhere against an Adams State side with no substitutes, and the Skyhawks bested the Grizzlies 22-3 on Sunday at Ray Dennison Memorial Field.

Fort Lewis head coach Kelsey MacDonald had warned her team not to take Adams State (1-10, 0-8 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) lightly after Saturday’s 20-15 FLC loss to Lindenwood, and the message was heard loud and clear.

The Skyhawks (7-8, 4-4 WILA) stormed out of the gate, scoring 10 goals in the first 10:24 of the first half and putting the running clock into effect. The mercy-clock rule comes into effect when a team leads by 10 or more goals.

“It just takes the girls to get just as fired up for the game as they would any other game. ... (Sunday) we came out, and everyone was on fire. Everyone had that heart and desire,” MacDonald said.

As the lead grew, Fort Lewis began to give defenders a shot at the offensive end, and as a result, 10 different Skyhawks scored.

Kylie Smith led the way with six goals, while Ally Kvidera found the net four times to go with two assists.

Brook Wineland had three goals and a helper, while Jessica Norby added two goals and four assists.

“You always want to end on a good note because it keeps your confidence up, makes you want to work harder during the offseason,” said Norby, who scored seven times in the season’s final weekend.

Abby Kvidera scored twice and had an assist, and Fort Lewis also got goals from Toki Tajima-Prodnuk, Paige Juneau, Jess Adams, Jenna Steele and Amanda Cawker.

Tajima-Prodnuk added a pair of assists as well, and FLC also got helpers from Wineland, Kathryn Dunn and Amanda Hoffmeyer.

For Adams, who was honored as the lone Fort Lewis College senior on Senior Day, getting one final goal and a victory in her last game was a fitting way to cap a career she stumbled into after her days running track at Montezuma-Cortez High School were over.

“It was bittersweet. It’s hard to even explain how much I love the girls on the team. ... It was nice not only for myself to get a goal, but also Jenna (Steele) and Paige (Juneau), because those are their first goals (of the season),” said Adams, who started every game in the four-year existence of the FLC women’s lacrosse program.

Adams State got three goals from Amanda Hisel and an assist from LiErin Wilson, but the Fort Lewis College defense was stingy all afternoon, forcing 21 turnovers and holding a 24-11 advantage in ground balls.

Goalie Genna Waugh allowed one goal in the first half, and FLC’s Shelby Wichkoski gave up two after halftime.

“Overall, our defense, we stuck it, and we played hard,” said Adams, daughter of Skip and Trudi Adams of Cortez.

With another season in the books, the Skyhawks can turn their attention to next season. After near misses against WILA powers Lindenwood and Regis this season, Norby said she’s looking forward to Fort Lewis taking what she hopes is a step into the league’s top tier.

“I think we can take those tough teams, and we can have a winning season next year and possibly even win the WILA, so I think momentum’s good,” Norby said.

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Fort Lewis College lacrosse player Jess Adams is escorted onto the field by her parents, Trudi and Skip Adams of Cortez, before the start of Sunday’s game against Adams State. Adams was honored as FLC’s lone senior on Senior Day. Enlarge photo

Fort Lewis College lacrosse player Jess Adams is escorted onto the field by her parents, Trudi and Skip Adams of Cortez, before the start of Sunday’s game against Adams State. Adams was honored as FLC’s lone senior on Senior Day.

Jessica Norby scored two goals and added four assists Sunday to help the Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team defeat Adams State and Jordan McHenry 22-3 on Sunday in Durango. McHenry (10) is a former multi-sport standout at Dolores High School. Enlarge photo

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Jessica Norby scored two goals and added four assists Sunday to help the Fort Lewis College women’s lacrosse team defeat Adams State and Jordan McHenry 22-3 on Sunday in Durango. McHenry (10) is a former multi-sport standout at Dolores High School.

Fort Lewis senior Jess Adams moved up from defense to score a goal in her final collegiate game, and the Skyhawks topped Lexy Hamilton and Adams State 22-3. Enlarge photo

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Fort Lewis senior Jess Adams moved up from defense to score a goal in her final collegiate game, and the Skyhawks topped Lexy Hamilton and Adams State 22-3.