EDWARDS - Senior Night is always a retrospective event, but Battle Mountain boys lacrosse continues to look to the future.
The Huskies still have business to do before their seven seniors graduate - make the playoffs for the first time in school history, and, possibly make a bit of a run. Battle Mountain took another step toward those goals with an efficient 14-7 working over of Summit County Wednesday night.
"Playoffs," Huskies senior Lucas Brunette said. "These last games will make it or break it."
"It would mean everything to us this year, especially to this group of seniors," fellow senior Cooper Perkins said. "Last year, we tried really hard and a couple of losses hurt us. We missed it by one spot. We've been working hard since February to get this playoff spot."
Brunette and Perkins did quite a bit Wednesday toward that goal. They both had hat tricks.
"I called him last night," Perkins joked with Brunette standing next to him. "I said, 'Hey, we've got to make it good.'"
Summit struck first with a marker from Blake Horan, but Battle Mountain (10-2) scored the next six to build a comfortable cushion. Karl Norris, Jack Harty, Lucas Brunette (twice), Jesse Greve and Cooper Perkins did the damage on that run.
Meanwhile, on the other end of the field, the Huskies were tight around goalie Max Schramm. Battle Mountain held Summit's George Gruber to two goals.
"We had to lock off No. 7, George Gruber, because he was really fast and knew how to shoot," senior defender Keenan Bowman said. "Other than that, Schramm stepped up big."
Coach Jerry Nichols was pleased with his team's effort. He felt there was a slight letdown in the third quarter, but that his charges finished well. He was pleased with the quick passing his team showed, and felt that the Huskies made progress, given that Battle Mountain won at Summit in overtime in their first meeting of the season.
The coach also gathered his seniors - Brunette, Greve, Norris, Bowman, Owen Kelsall, Sky Roetzel and Perkins - after the halftime ceremony and had a message for them.
"This has been one of the most enjoyable years I've ever coached a high school team and it's because of that senior class," Nichols said. "They're a solid group of individuals. They are excellent leaders. They support the coaches. They support the team. They're just a great group of kids."
Next up for the Huskies is today's long-awaited rescheduled game at Evergreen, which was snowed out earlier this month. This is part of Battle Mountain's continued effort to upgrade its nonconference schedule to show the playoff-selection committee that it can play with Front Range squads.
The Huskies are 2-1 so far outside of the Mountain Conference with a 14-8 loss to 5A Chatfield, and wins over Windsor and Conifer.
Battle Mountain rounds out the season with Telluride at home Saturday and then heads to Aspen one week from today.
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