Battle Mountain routs Eagle Valley lax
EDWARDS – After a winter when the Devils held the upper hand in virtually every sport in the rivalry, Battle Mountain boys lacrosse drew first blood in the spring with a 20-3 pasting of Eagle Valley Friday evening in Edwards.
Timmy Licciardi and Reeve Sanders had four goals each, while Christian Nichols had a hat trick as the Huskies led 13-1 at the half and never looked back.
That was just what the doctor ordered for Battle Mountain after an 11-3 loss Tuesday at Chatfield.
“I’d say for about three quarters we did a really good job of working on the things we wanted to work on after our loss to Chatfield,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “Eagle Valley is much better team than the scoreboard showed. They beat Durango last week, 6-0, and (Durango) is no pushover. They’re legit. We came out, after learning what we needed to work on after our recent loss, and had two of the best practices since I’ve been involved in lacrosse here. We continued it on the field.”
With the win, Battle Mountain moved to 2-1, while Eagle Valley fell to 1-3.
“It was a little rough,” Huskies sophomore Quin Davis said of bouncing back from Tuesday. “It was hard to cope with that. We got back out there and showed them what’s up.”
What was up was all Battle Mountain early as the Huskies dominated the possession, which resulted in an onslaught of goals.
“We got out-classed, but our team was focused, positive,” Eagle Valley coach Ted Boddy said. “As I was saying to the guys I pulled a senior starter (Kyle Newborn) and took him off the field for a lot more than he normally is, and he sat there and he cheered his teammates. The guys did a nice job focusing on the small positives because there are 100 plays between each goal even if they’re 2 minutes apart.”
One positive for Eagle Valley was Anders Bloomquist, who dominated faceoffs for Eagle Valley.
Meanwhile, coach Nichols wasn’t thrilled with his team’s lack of discipline, especially in the fourth quarter. The Huskies had nine penalties in the game, and that would be a hard obstacle to overcome against an opponent like Summit County, whom the Huskies host on Tuesday.
“The Summit game is pretty big,” Davis said. “We’re just going to go out there and try to improve on what we did today and see how that works out.”
In the meantime, the Devils are at Glenwood Springs Monday.
“We’re not discouraged at all,” Boddy said. “We have a lot of guys who are talented and we’re going to put some wins on the board.”
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Devils 0 1 1 1 – 3
Huskies 8 5 5 2 – 20
Devils scorers: Anders Bloomquist (2), Johnny Bailey.
Huskies scorers: Timmy Licciardi (4), Reeve Sanders (4), Christian Nichols (3), Cooper Perkins (2), Jesse Greve, Karl Norris, Chris Libertini, Quin Davis, Thomas Huzella.