GRAND JUNCTION - Battle Mountain boys lacrosse is starting to get the scent.
With just four games to go, the Huskies are smelling playoffs for the first time in school history. Battle Mountain took another step Friday with a a 12-7 win at Grand Junction.
"It was a solid win," Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. "Grand Junction was ahead of us in the standings. That had big-time playoff implications."
That's because Grand Junction entered the game with a perfect 4-0 record in the Mountain Conference. Aspen, whom the Huskies play April 30, is the only remaining undefeated team in the league.
Battle Mountain moved to 6-1 in the Mountain Conference and 9-2 overall with the victory. The star of the day was goalie Max Schramm who got his first varsity win. He stopped 13 shots.
He had plenty of offensive support with Cooper Perkins netting four goals and Tony Clark two, Lucas Brunette, Karl Norris, Mike Lange, Clayton Davis and Ken Kirchner gave the Huskies a lot of offensive diversity.
Battle Mountain's next scheduled game is Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Edwards against Summit. That said, the Huskies also need to make up their game against Evergreen, which was snowed out earlier this week.
In the meantime, Nichols wouldn't mind seeing his team win out to insure the schools first postseason appearance.
"We're looking to win out," Nichols said. "Quite frankly, I don't think we have to win out for the playoffs, but that's what I'm hoping for. If we do win out, then we make it easy. It's in our hands."
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