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Eagle Valley lacrosse falls to Aspen in first game

Ian Smith
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Eagle Valley boys lacrosse team meets before playing the first game in the program's history on Thursday at Aspen. The Devils fell to the Skiers, 14-4.

ASPEN, Colorado ” The Eagle Valley boys lacrosse team made it official on Thursday.

The Devils played the program’s first game at Aspen, falling by a score of 14-4. The final tally didn’t matter, though. Eagle Valley couldn’t have been happier to be playing.

“The kids were ecstatic,” Eagle Valley coach Eric Mandeville said.

“I was impressed with the kids. They showed great heart. We learned a lot. A lot of the kids we had playing never played lacrosse before. Their eyes were as big as saucers.”

Eagle Valley kept the game close through the opening minutes before Aspen started to gain control. The Skiers had the advantage of already playing two games this season, including a 13-2 win at Battle Mountain, and it showed.

“Aspen is a very well-coached, skilled team,” Mandeville said.

The Devils hung in there behind two goals from John Landreth. Zach Bailey and Beto Chanez also scored for Eagle Valley. Ethan Andree, Bryce Steggall, Derek Kasper and Otto Jordan also played well in the loss.

Considering Eagle Valley just started practicing outdoors last week, Mandeville is happy with the effort.

“It’s been tremendous,” Mandeville said. “We really saw a shift in gear in development because we were able to get outside. This last week, we were outdoors every day. The kids are starting to understand field usage.”

Eagle Valley is back in action today when it hosts Battle Mountain at 4 p.m. at the Eagle County Fairgrounds.

Devils soccer falls to Delta

DELTA ” The Eagle Valley girls soccer lost to Delta 3-0 but not for lack of effort. Injuries forced the Devils to move girls up from the JV and play with no subs on Thursday.

“I’m very, very proud of them,” Eagle Valley coach Francois Nanin said. “We played with no subs on the road. It was good coming after the game against Glenwood. For them to play like this is awesome.”

Three of the Devils’ main offensive threats didn’t see action against the Panthers. Pearl Nanin, Megan Cochrane and Dashia Jones were all unable to play on Thursday. Casey Medsker was injured in the opening minutes and didn’t return.

Still, Eagle Valley did its best to stay with Delta. The Panthers took a 1-0 lead into halftime, then added two more goals after the break.

“Even though it was 3-0, I would say that’s the best game we played,” Francois Nanin said.

Eagle Valley’s next game is at Palisade on March 28.

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

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