Battle Mountain boys lacrosse routs Eagle Valley
EDWARDS – Welcome to the rivalry, Josh Rosenbach.The sophomore transfer from Connecticut left his mark on Battle Mountain-Eagle Valley lacrosse Friday with six goals and two assists as the Huskies cruised to a 15-1 win in Edwards”They said it’s a big rivalry,” Rosenbach said of his teammates. “So it’s good to get the win. It’s been a really good transition. Everybody’s really nice here. We’ve been doing pretty well.”All looks better for Battle Mountain in any sport with a win over Eagle Valley – and vice versa – as the Huskies moved to 4-3 and completed a sweep of the Devils.Battle Mountain jumped out to 4-0 first-quarter lead behind two from Rosenbach and one each from Timmy Licciardi and Chris Libertini. After Eagle Valley’s Otto Jordan had his team’s tally, Rosenbach went off for four-straight scores into the third quarter.The Huskies had seven goals in fourth quarter – including four from Parke Robbins and two from Jake Robertson – and that was that.”We were just working on everything we did in practice – moving the ball around, keeping possession and getting more shots,” Rosenbach said.Although both teams are in their second year of CHSAA lacrosse, Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley are working on different agendas. The Huskies are in the middle of the pack in the Mountain Conference. With Steamboat Springs and Aspen likely the class of the league, the Huskies hope to join the next tier of teams which includes Grand Junction, Fruita and Summit County.”It’s essentially the fundamentals,” Huskies coach Seth Jones said. “We did a better job of passing and catching today. But we stressed it after the Steamboat game (Tuesday). Yeah, we have some better stick skills than some teams in the league. We also have worse stick skills than some of the teams in the league. We have to have those fundamentals against the top teams.”Battle Mountain is at Glenwood Springs today, and then hits the meat of its schedule. The Huskies host Summit Thursday, are at Aspen Saturday. The Skiers have a return engagement April 24, starting a four-game homestand to end the season.”We want to go into Summits and Aspens with a winning record.” Jones said.Meanwhile, Eagle Valley has more modest goals understandably, given its situation. The Devils are still looking for their first win of the season.”I think we’re still at the point where we need to play first quarter to fourth quarter, start of the game to the end of the game,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “That’s what happened today.”But the coach is still optimistic as the Devils host Grand Junction on Wednesday.”These guys came back and fought,” Boddy said. “They played well and they played physical. We’re looking for the little things. Anders Bloomquist went out there and won some faceoffs cleanly. Satchel Jones went out there and played some great and aggressive defense. We just need it more consistently.”Girls lacrosseGYPSUMEagle Valley 14Battle Mountain 7Eagle Valley girls lacrosse got its first win of the season doubling up Battle Mountain, 14-7, Friday at the Gypsum Sports Complex.Battle Mountain hosts Fruita today at 11 a.m., and then the Huskies host the Devils in Round 2 Monday in Edwards.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.