EAST VAIL — Yes, it was a win against a JV team, but it’s a really good JV team.
Vail Mountain School lacrosse bagged a big win in its inaugural season by beating Aspen’s JV, 17-4, on Wednesday at Bandoni Alumni Field.
Keep in mind that Aspen’s varsity squad is ranked No. 4 in Class 4A, and the Skiers are a member of the Mountain Conference’s elite. There are a bunch of good players in Aspen’s program who aren’t on the varsity and there’s another factor.
“The takeaway I see is that other than three upperclassmen, all of our team is underclassmen,” VMS coach Matt Felser said. “In theory, these are the guys we are going to play down the road as a varsity program. Today, we proved to be a formidable group of underclassmen.”
As the score would indicate, everybody scored, including Luke Verrati, Brandon Rosenbach, Nick Whiteford, Tyler Hancock, Clay Kirwood and Robby Gruber. John Linn got the win for VMS in the net.
The Gore Rangers are 4-1 against a mix of JV and varsity opponents. The team’s only loss was to Telluride’s first side in overtime on the road, so, so far, so good for VMS.
As with any team, VMS is making constant adjustments. Earlier in the season, VMS was getting used to the physical nature of playing schools both larger in number and in size. As the Gore Rangers are becoming more competitive, particularly against JV teams, the key is sticking to fundamentals.
“Our goal is to play good lacrosse,” Felser said. “We need to get into formation, get our plays and work on our game, take that stuff we work on in practice and do it in games. Today we did that.”
VMS heads west on Saturday for a doubleheader against the JV squads of Grand Junction and Fruita Monument.
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