Friday’s preps wrap
GYPSUM – Eagle County officially has girls lacrosse fever.
Battle Mountain’s squad had made some waves with first-time wins over some schools in the Mountain Conference, but Eagle Valley wasn’t going to be left out of the parade.
The Devils nipped Summit County, 10-9, Friday afternoon at Hot Stuff Stadium in a thriller. That’s the first time Eagle Valley has knocked off Summit.
“We feel like we’re right on top of the world,” Eagle Valley coach Kim Andree said. “It’s amazing. We feel like we had the strength to compete with them. Summit’s a great team, and it just takes us to the next competitive level.”
However one looks at it, girls lacrosse in the county is elevating its play and that’s good for both ends of the rivalry.
The Devils trailed the Tigers, 9-8, in the waning minutes, but Gina Johnson pulled Eagle Valley even with 2:22 remaining. With just 40 seconds left, Megan Muehlenthaler got the game-winner.
Goalie Jammie Dumolt was typical Jammie Dumolt with 16 saves in the huge win.
Cori Cramer finished the afternoon with five goals, while Haley Hutton ripped the twine twice and Andrea Meza also scored.
Eagle Valley (2-3) hosts Grand Junction Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Hot Stuff.
Huskies lax routs Telluride
TELLURIDE – Stick on 21, boys.
Battle Mountain boys lacrosse dealt up blackjack Friday afternoon, slamming Telluride, 21-1, on its first leg of its southwestern swing.
While the game was never in doubt, the Huskies did follow the 11th Commandment, which is “Thou shall not go to the penalty box.” The Huskies were whistled just twice – that’s two games in a row on that count. No whistles are a point of emphasis after flags derailed the Huskies’ hopes in a loss at Aspen last week.
“The stat of the day was two penalties,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “They boys are learning to play with discipline.”
The boys also scored a lot. Reeve Sanders had the octo-trick with eight goals. Cooper Perkins (yes, Perkins, and not Cartmill – we apologize for that brain cramp) had a hat trick. Addison Baker and Timmy Licciardi both had two.
Cheers to Tony Clark for his first varsity goal. Sky Roetzel, Tommy Travers, Thomas Huzella, Chris Libertini and Jack Harty all scored as well.
The Huskies head to Durango today.
Devils lose heartbreaker
DURANGO – The comeback came so close.
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse nearly erased a 7-2 fourth-quarter deficit Friday afternoon, falling at Durango, 7-6.
“I don’t know what it was,” Eagle Valley coach Ted Boddy said. “Durango came out with a solid game and played aggressively. We came out and let up a couple quick goals. The boys fought back and brought it to 7-6. They just couldn’t finish it. But they gave themselves a shot to win.”
Daniel Vargas and Johnny Bailey each scored twice. Nick Briggs and Gregg Salaz also scored.
Eagle Valley is at Telluride today.
Huskies blank Central
EDWARDS – Friday might have been the perfect type of Battle Mountain soccer win.
The Huskies’ 4-0 shutout against Grand Junction Central had everything coach David Cope likes in a win – a shutout, four different goal scorers and 24 players getting playing time.
And that also concludes a nine-point week when the Huskies allowed no goals during three different contests. The coach is pleased.
“I feel really good about this group,” Cope said. “We got rid of a minor worry by spreading the scoring out. We seemed to have solidified our defense. This group has grown and being the mix for a league title would be a really good accomplishment for them.”
Battle Mountain is 6-2 overall and 5-1 in the Slope. The Huskies lead the league with 15 points, but have played several more games than Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs, the former being the main squad to beat.
Haille Hogfeldt, Logan Nash, Kelli Lindsay and Maggie Battaglin all scored in a tidy, balanced attack.
Battle Mountain is off until next Saturday when it hosts Eagle Valley.
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