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The Pine Creek girls' lacrosse team aims to come out quick, strong and offensive-minded in every game.

That no-messing-around approach worked well Friday afternoon as the Eagles scored in the first minute en route a 17-3 victory over Pueblo West in Southern League action to keep a perfect record.

Both teams, fans and even the referees were battling the bitter, hand-numbing cold. The temperature dropped below freezing early on, and it didn't stop as a light mist fell.

"Whenever we start fast, it's always better," said Eagles senior Kate Hatchell. "We just like to get it going and finish it because it was really cold."

Junior Brittney White led Pine Creek with five goals, while juniors Ashley Starkey and Madeleine Bourgois each added three. Five others scored for the Eagles (6-0, 2-0).

Pine Creek had a 10-0 halftime lead, thanks in part to White's four scores. The Eagles were relentless on defense and kept the Cyclones from getting good looks.

Pueblo West recorded its three goals in the second half. The Cyclones (3-4, 0-1) have dropped three straight games.

"If they get the ball, it's pressure D right away," said Pine Creek assistant Nate White. "Get the ball back, get us down (the field) and get a look on goal. If we get a good look on goal, we put it in."

This season, the Eagles have outscored opponents 85-27 and all but one win has been by double digits. On March 14, they beat Grandview 20-12 and handed the Wolves their only loss of the season so far.

But the Eagles expect to be tested this year. They want to win a league title, which they've never accomplished.

On Saturday, Pine Creek hosts Valor Christian (4-2) - a team that has captured three of its past four games. And the challenges will keep coming as the Eagles are set to face other solid, nonconference foes like Columbine (5-2) and Aspen (4-1) later this month.

"We have some tough games coming up," said White, filling in for coach Roger Wallace, who was out of state. "Our goal is to keep on rolling ... We want to keep girls healthy, try to rest legs so we can have a chance and keep pushing."

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