GYPSUM — That felt good.
It’s been a tough season for Eagle Valley boys lacrosse, but the Devils finally walked off the field winners on Saturday after beating Clear Creek, 11-7, on Saturday at the Gypsum Sports Complex.
“I think we got the monkey off our backs today,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “They’ve really fought hard the last four games and played competitively. It’s nice to turn one into a win. We came out and got the first couple of goals and never relinquished the lead.”
Johnny Bailey is on a bit of a roll. He had four goals and four assists. Quinn McCord had a hat trick. Noah Ejnes, Ryan Monica and Jared Salaz also scored. We’re also introducing sophomore transfer Ben Zuckerman, who had his first Eagle Valley goal.
And, while on firsts, that’s goalie Joe Sheldon’s first win between the pipes.
“I think it gives us a building point,” Boddy said. “The boys realized they missed a lot of opportunities and made some mistakes, but it was great to know that we can win a game when we don’t play perfectly.”
Eagle Valley has its Senior Night on Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at Hot Stuff Stadium.
Huskies girls lax wins in Durango
Battle Mountain lacrosse was spread all over the state on Friday, but united by one theme — the Huskies love their goalies.
In Durango, the Battle Mountain girls edged the Demons, 9-8, thanks to Madame Clutch, Siena Miller.
“It came down to the last few seconds and a foul in the free position,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “Siena made an amazing save.”
That capped a lot of miles for the ladies. They won in Grand Junction, 12-7, their first victory against the Tigers, on Thursday, and kept on going down to Four Corners for Durango on Friday.
“We knew both teams would be very tough,” Jaissle said. “We battled (Thursday) and beat Grand Junction for the first time, and then sat on the bus for at least three hours to get to Durango. We came out flat, but we fought through being tired and came out on top. I’m really proud of them.”
When racking up the miles on the bus, it’s always helpful to have a red-hot scorer. Clare Baker had six against the Tigers and four more in Durango. Mabry Gentry scored twice, while Maddi Conlin, Tyra Kuller and Amie Hixon also scored against the Demons.
Battle Mountain upped its record to 5-2 and is home for Summit County on Wednesday.
Huskies boys dump Conifer
Zach Trombetta’s pretty good, too.
He saved Battle Mountain boys lacrosse’s bacon as the Huskies won at Conifer, 7-5, on Friday.
“He had an incredible game,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “He had a diving save that was a game-changer. Nobody could believe he made the save.”
And with that, the Battle Mountain boys notched another win against a Front Range team in the continuing battle for respect and playoff seeding.
Doing the scoring for the Huskies (6-1) were Mike Lange (twice), Wyatt Dilling (twice), Clayton Davis, Crane McGuckin and Jack Harty, a nicely balanced bunch.
“It was back and forth and a pretty clean game on both sides of the ball,” Nichols said. “We had some positive momentum toward not taking penalties.”
The Huskies boys return to league play Friday with a home game against Fruita Monument.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.