Eagle Valley falls to Fruita, 8-6
GYPSUM – Time can be your friend or enemy, or both.Eagle Valley’s girls lacrosse team had a little more time than they needed, or a little less.Fruita Monument scored seven unanswered goals in the second half for an 8-6 come-from-behind win on Eagle Valley’s home field. The Wildcats were returning the favor. Eagle Valley beat Fruita earlier this season on the Wildcats’ home turf.”This is a strong rivalry and they’re an excellent team,” said Eagle Valley coach Kim Andree said. “Beating them earlier this season was a big win for us,” she said.”I’m impressed with their team. We match up well,” Andree said.You remember Fruita Monument’s coach, Jamie Pietrack.Longtime local sports watchers will remember her as Jamie Mayne and a standout and all-state athlete at Eagle Valley. After she was done winning everything within dribbling distance at Eagle Valley, she played college basketball before migrating home to teach and coach at Eagle Valley.She coached Eagle Valley’s lacrosse team last year, got married to Mike Pietrack, (multiple All-State selections during his Eagle Valley career) and moved to Grand Junction.Now she’s Fruita’s first-year lacrosse coach.So, Coach Pietrack, how do you feel about coming back and competing against your old team?”Awesome!” she said with a big grin.The woman is succinct.There were a couple confusing moments. A few Eagle Valley players ran over to greet her when Fruita arrived, calling out “Miss Mayne!” The Fruita players looked at her and said, “Who’s that?”Lives in progress. A beautiful thing to behold.Anyway, they did play a lacrosse game and it was a dandy.Fruita rolled into Gypsum and gave a little payback to Eagle Valley.Early on, it looked like Eagle Valley would stroll to a win. The Devils rolled to a 4-1 halftime lead.Cori Cramer added an early goal for the Devils on a rifle shot to the bottom right corner, and a 5-1 lead.Kayla Gagnon made it 6-1 when she spun to her right to drill one into the top right corner.But then, well, whether or not anything good happened depends on your perspective.Fruita scored six unanswered goals and took a 7-6 lead late in the game, then added one more for the 8-6 final. The Wildcats’ Mikayla Clark did most of the damage, scoring five of those seven goals.For Eagle Valley, Ashley Winsor scored three goals, and Gagnon had a pair. Cramer, Jessica Trujillo and Shelby Massie combined for four assists.Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.