Eagle Valley girls lax wins two
Huskies lax stays in playoff hunt
GYPSUM — It’s not only a winning streak, but it’s a life lesson.
After muddling through a tough season that included five losses by three goals or fewer, Eagle Valley girls’ lacrosse broke out with wins against Montrose and Summit County.
Against Summit on Tuesday, Eagle Valley’s Carley Beckum won it with a buzzer-beater for a 12-11 win. That was on the heels of a 19-12 victory over Montrose on Monday.
“I’m really proud of the girls,” Devils coach Hannah McKee said. “They never gave up and they’re finishing strong.”
The 2019 Eagle Valley lacrosse team (3-9) has learned the art of perseverance. Against the Tigers, Sophia Rinn (five), Beckum (four) and Taylor Rivers (three) accounted for the scoring.
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On Monday versus Montrose, Olivia Fedrizzi, Araceli Hanson, Hannah Medina and Bianca Buechel were also in on the scoring with the aforementioned trio.
Goalie Shayden Jones backstopped both wins.
Eagle Valley wraps its season at Steamboat Springs today.
Huskies lax tops Demons
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — In the latest installment of “As the Rating-Percentage Index Turns,” Battle Mountain boys’ lacrosse overcame a sluggish first quarter to thump Glenwood Springs, 11-4.
Down 3-2 after 12 minutes, the Battle Mountain offense started to take over. Tucker Morrow had five goals while Blu Barnett and Jayme Belyea also found the net. The play of the game, however, belonged to Connor Underwood and Caleb Dennis. Playing short-handed, goalie Underwood chucked the ball deep to Dennis, who ripped the twine.
“That was awesome,” Battle Mountain coach Connor Compton said. “That was the nail in the coffin.”
Entering Tuesday’s game, the Huskies (7-7) were ranked 13th in the RPI with the top 16 advancing to the postseason. Battle Mountain has collectively felt as though it’s been in must-win mode since the beginning of last week and has won three in a row.
The Huskies finish the regular season on Thursday at Summit County.
Huskies soccer drubs Summit
FARMER’S KORNER — Battle Mountain soccer rolled to 13-1 with a 10-0 win at Summit County on Tuesday.
With the 4A Slope crown clinched and the playoffs assured, the final task of the regular season is for the Huskies to keep their zero. Battle Mountain has not allowed a goal in league play in 2019.
Battle Mountain is at Glenwood Springs, which has been a tough place for Huskies soccer no matter the season. The Demons also pounded Steamboat Springs, 9-3, on Tuesday night, a result that made the rounds through Battle Mountain’s camp.
Falcons edge Saints
LITTLETON — Vail Christian soccer likely put together its best effort of the season, but came out on the wrong end of a 3-1 loss at Front Range Christian.
Down 2-0 at the half, the Saints’ Zoey Barela scored on a free kick during the second half to halve the lead. The Saints pressed forward for the equalizer and allowed a counterattack for the Falcons’ third score.
Vail Christian’s hopes weren’t helped by clanking a few off the frame.
“It was a reminder how much more physical the game is outside the Western Slope,” Saints coach Barbara Wilson said. “I’m proud of the girls. You’re always bummed the score doesn’t show it, but that’s the best 80 minutes we’ve played. It’s always nice to see that growth.”
Vail Christian (5-5) has its Senior Day on Friday at Battle Mountain at 3 p.m. against Clear Creek.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.