Eagle Valley boys lacrosse falls to Grand Valley, 10-4 | VailDaily.com

Eagle Valley boys lacrosse falls to Grand Valley, 10-4

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
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GRAND JUNCTION ” Despite a 1-5 record so far this season, opposing teams probably aren’t looking forward to playing the Eagle Valley boys lacrosse team.

Why? Because the Devils are learning how to play physically. The strategy worked for a half before Eagle Valley bowed out to Grand Valley, 10-4, on Saturday.

“(Friday), we probably had our best game of the season,” Eagle Valley coach Eric Mandeville said. “We finally got into the physical realm of lacrosse. They realized they could play physically. That’s an asset to our team.”

The game was close through the first half on Saturday, but Grand Valley started to pull away in the third period. It didn’t help that the Devils were playing their second road game in as many days.

“The boys are beat,” Mandeville said. “They are tired. They left it out on the field. A lot of the guys are learning the game and getting in shape. They’ve always given me 100 percent.”

Zach Bailey and Ethan Andree both scored twice for Eagle Valley in the loss.

The Devils are back in action on Tuesday against Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m.

Devils fall to Palisade

Make that two in a row for the Eagle Valley soccer team. Twice in the past week, the Devils showed improvement and more importantly, played hard for the entire 80 minutes.

On Saturday, the Devils went toe-to-toe with Palisade in a scoreless first half. The Bulldogs’ attack broke through after the break for a 3-0 victory in Gypsum.

“The first half was a very hard fought half,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “Both teams played super hard.”

Three times in the first 40 minutes, Palisade had excellent chances to score. Each time, the Devils turned the Bulldogs away empty-handed.

“It was very encouraging to be 0-0,” Nanin said. “We are getting there. We played hard the whole way. We never gave up.”

The Bulldogs scored three goals after the break when Eagle Valley started to wear down. The biggest problem for the Devils was their inability to get the ball to their forwards, Nanin said.

The Devils host Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Baseball postponed

Rain forced the Eagle Valley basbeall team to postpone its doubleheader at Delta on Saturday. The games will be played on Monday.

Sports Writer Ian Smith can be reached at 970-748-2935 or ismith@vaildaily.com.

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