Eagle Valley girls lacrosse tops Battle Mountain
Vail, CO Colorado
In an intravalley rivalry, Eagle Valley topped Battle Mountain, 15-3, in girls lacrosse Saturday.
Corey Kramer and Ashley Winsor led the team with four goals apiece, while Kayla Gagnon put three in the back of the net with one assist. Megan Meuenthler, Haley Hatton, and Jessica Trujiloo also had goals for Eagle Valley.
Coach Kim Andree said the highlight was seeing the level of play that both EV and Battle Mountain displayed. Both teams were excellent and reduced fouls and yellow cards across the board.
“It was great to watch the team play together – to see the number of players taking shots on goal to diversify as a team – watching the success of different players,” Andree said.
The team has been practicing since the March 1, working on a variety of plays and positive drills to help advance toward the endzone.
Andree said they were initially struggling with teamwork. But she definitely thought Saturday’s game was a major turning point in that regard, and the team is stronger for it.
“The rivalry (between Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain) is pretty tough in most of the sports,” she said. “A win over the rival school is important and exciting. It’s something you look forward to and share a strong challenge each game. It’s great to see girls living in the same valley who love the sport.”
For Battle Mountain, the odds were stacked against them, being down nine players due to class trips and other sporting commitments.
Both their starting and backup goalies were unavailable for the game, so Becca Bosworth, who plays attack, had to step in to cover the net. She did a fantastic job, coach Stacy Schapira said, making 11 saves in her first outing.
Rylee McMillian led the way for the offense with two goals.
“It was definitely a good game still. It was exciting,” Schapira said. “It started off awesome. It was really well-matched at like 3-2 almost at halftime. And I think our girls just got tired. That’s when the subs would have been needed, and we just fell apart. It shows you really do need a full squad to play against that caliber of a team.”
The girls lacrosse teams will have a rematch on May 4 at Battle Mountain’s Senior Night.