Devils girls lax wins in overtime
WHEAT RIDGE — Yeah, the ladies from the mountains can play a bit.
Eagle Valley’s Megan Aalto struck in overtime as the Devils rang up a huge 10-9 nonconference win at Wheat Ridge on Saturday.
Not only is that four in a row for the Devils, but Eagle Valley dropped a 15-10 decision to the Farmers last spring.
The rematch was neck-and-neck all the way. Lindsay Martinez (four), Aalto (two), Judy Torres, Teaghan Mercer, Haley Carpenter and Camille Blose all found the back of the next.
And, while scoring more goals than the other team is generally the point of lacrosse, coach Stephanie Renzelman was particularly pleased with defender Alyssa Baltierrez. She was big in the midfield as the Devils struggled to link passes together. When passing is a problem, you need those ground balls and that was Baltierrez’s department.
Eagle Valley (4-2) returns home on Tuesday to face Battle Mountain at 4 p.m.
“We’re very excited,” Renzelman said. “I feel like with our four-game win streak that the girls should be really pumped up about this one. They got us the first time. Hopefully, it’s our turn.”
St. Mary’s beats Vail Mountain School
Vail Mountain School boys lacrosse couldn’t have picked a better time to get a week off.
With four games this week, ending with a 10-6 loss to St. Mary’s on Saturday at Bandoni Alumni Field, the Gore Rangers need to rest a bit.
Luke Verratti, Dylan Hardenbergh, Zach McKeever, Robby Gruber and Tyler Hancock all scored for VMS, but both Hardenbergh and Hancock went down with ankle injuries.
VMS (2-4) doesn’t play again until Saturday when it hosts Montrose.
“It’s fantastic,” VMS coach Matt Felser said. “Between rolled ankles and bum knees, some time off will help. We’re also getting our 12 skiers back. We’re looking forward to reinforcements.”
Devils fall at Telluride
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse had a rough outing, falling at Telluride, 7-5, on Saturday.
“Today was a tough day,” Devils coach Boomer Devlin said. “We were out of sorts. We didn’t value our possessions as well as we should. We were disheveled.”
Jared Salaz, Kenny Rindy, Finn Blomquist, Jesse Relefors and Zach Booth all made the score sheet. Assists went to Salaz and Booth as well.
As if Eagle Valley doesn’t have enough miles under its collective belt, the Devils are at Conifer on Monday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.