MONUMENT - Lewis-Palmer players knew that incoming Chatfield had yet to win a boys' lacrosse game this season.
It didn't take long for the Rangers to realize that winless record for the Chargers may have been misleading.
Pikes Peak region No. 2 Lewis-Palmer had to rally from an early deficit, then hold off Chatfield late to earn a 10-8 victory at Lewis-Palmer High School on Friday night.
Rangers junior Garrett Ziegler scored four goals and added an assist, while goalie Ian Mullins made 10 saves - including two key ones late.
"I guess we didn't really expect quite the fight they put up," Mullins said. ". I think we just got fired up and people got more serious about it."
Lewis-Palmer (6-1, 2-0 Jeffco League) fell behind 2-0 and 3-1 before finally getting into an offensive rhythm and reeling off three straight goals in a 1:55 span to grab a 4-3 lead.
After Chatfield (0-7, 0-1) tied the game at 4 just before half, the Rangers scored three in a row in less than a minute to go up 7-4.
But again, the Chargers rallied.
Goals by Nate Bjurstrom and Dalton Ziegler in the waning minutes of the third put the Rangers up for good.
Garrett Ziegler, a Valor Christian transfer who entered the game with three goals this season, scored his fourth of the game to put the Rangers up 10-7 with 5:31 to play.
"I feel like a lot of people looking at their (the Chargers) record, coming in 0-6, they came in with high heads," Ziegler said. "Once they started putting goals up on us everyone pulled together."
L-P coach Dan Mullins knew this game would be a challenge. He looked past the Chargers' record and saw the teams Chatfield had played and how close some of those scores were. He was glad his Rangers put it together as the game ran on.
"We're capable of losing to anybody," Dan Mullins said. "We have to play well, this is 5A lacrosse."
The Rangers are off to their best season with him in charge. In his first three seasons at the helm, the Rangers went a combined 19-26. This season has been completely different, as L-P is off to a strong start and ranked fifth in this week's RPI ratings.
"Last year, we could not get the guys in a close game to pull through," Mullins said. ". But this group here, they're going to fight to the end of the game."