Battle Mountain lax blanks Steamboat
EDWARDS — The biggest cheer on Friday was for Battle Mountain’s Makenna Cooper.
In the greater scheme of things, it wasn’t a very big goal, but when it’s your first varsity score, well, then, that’s a keeper.
Cooper’s first was part of 15-0 Battle Mountain white-washing of Steamboat Springs in Edwards as the Huskies moved to 3-2 overall.
“It felt great. Everyone was cheering. It was so nice,” Cooper said. “It’s pretty thrilling, especially because it’s my first year playing lacrosse, but it was just really good because our team is working so hard on their play, so it feels really good when we’re able to calm down, work on plays and finally go in and take the score.”
Cooper wasn’t the only one. Freshman Ciara Heiden also had her first two goals.
Match Within A Match
Friday’s match was really a match within a match. Battle Mountain took a 9-0 lead in the first 15 minutes of the first half, and then spent the rest of the game, working on the finer points of possession and passing. It was also an important step for Steamboat (1-4) as it continues to rebuild after the graduation of 10 seniors from this past year’s squad.
“We’re getting better at dealing with how people slide on defense, how people cover, trying to stay goal-side,” Sailors coach Betsy Frick said. “But obviously, Battle Mountain’s very skilled, very experienced and very good at working together. We have a very young team, and we’re not at that level. But it’s great to play a team that’s skilled. We can learn a lot from them.”
The usual suspects were in on the scoring for the Huskies. Mabry Gentry led the way with four scores, including a wicked behind-the-back, over-the-opposite shoulder shot at the end of the game. Please feel free to sing along as we say that Clare Baker had a hat trick and Maddi Conlin and Tyra Kuller scored.
In addition to Cooper, Haley Frischholz scored, which was nice reward for her positively brilliant work in faceoff.
Then there’s Anna Trombetta, who had the final marker of the first half. One would think in the Trombetta household that scoring goals were taboo. Anna’s brother Zach is the netminder for the Huskies boys team.
“I practice on him,” Anna said. “I score on him, but I also learn where to shoot.” Next up for both teams is Aspen. The Huskies are at Aspen on Tuesday, while the Sailors host the Skiers on Thursday.
“It’s going to be a hard game and I know we’ll work hard to do as best we can,” Frischholz said.
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