Haley’s Devils defeat Haley’s Huskies, 7-6
April 12, 2017
GYPSUM — It was a good day to be a Haley as Eagle Valley hosted Battle Mountain girls lacrosse on Wednesday in Gypsum.
The Huskies' Haley Frischholz scored four goals, including the 100th of her career. Meanwhile, the Devils' Haley Carpenter went on a second-half rampage — four in the final 25 minutes and six overall — as Eagle Valley erased a 6-2 halftime deficit for a 7-6 win.
"That was so great," Carpenter said. "We haven't beaten them in forever. It's been a while."
Specifically when is a matter for debate.
"The last time I can remember beating Battle Mountain is when (assistant coach) Ashley (Windsor) and I were playing in 2010," Devils coach Jessi Dondero said. "So this is a little revenge of the coaches."
Maxpreps.com does have Eagle Valley beating Battle Mountain, 13-5, on May 1, 2012, but either way, the Devils (4-5) were a very happy bunch on Wednesday.
Way to go, Haley
Carpenter has missed most of the season with a few illnesses. She returned to the team for Saturday's game and was clearly back in form again the Huskies.
"We've struggled not having Haley," Dondero said. "Her first game was Saturday and we've really been trying to work out the bugs. We've got the dust off her shoulders and it's great to have her back."
Jillian Byron was the only player not named Haley Carpenter who scored for Eagle Valley. Byron did so to start the second half. Carpenter tied the game with 7:08 left and won with 1:42 on the clock.
"It felt like home again," Carpenter said.
Battle Mountain had an opportunity late, but Devils goalie Erin Keeney came up with a huge save.
"I don't think this team would be this team without Erin," Dondero said. "We depend on her for so much."
Way to go, Haley
Battle Mountain controlled the first half behind a whole lot of Frischholz. Her second goal of the afternoon was No. 100 in her career.
"It was a tremendous treat for me as a coach to see a player hit a milestone like that," Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "Knowing her personally through volleyball and other sports, to see her continue her level of accomplishment, it's a treat."
For the trivially inclined, Frischholz is only the third Battle Mountain girls player reach the century mark. Maddi Conlin (163) and Clare Baker (159), both of the Class of 2014, are also in triple digits.
While the second half did not go as planned for Battle Mountain (4-2), the Huskies open with league play at Aspen on Friday. The Devils are next in action on April 26 at Aspen.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.