Huskies girls lax topples Aspen, 9-7
EDWARDS — Ring church bells. Shoot off fireworks. Strike up the band.
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse beat Aspen, 9-7, on Wednesday afternoon in Edwards. Any time, any Huskies lacrosse team beats Aspen, it’s a good day.
And this is quite a turnaround in one week. Battle Mountain looked a little lost in its opener, a 17-4 loss to Pine Creek last week. The Huskies pounded Telluride, 14-3 on Monday, and that was nice, but nothing does the general lacrosse psyche in Edwards better than beating Aspen.
“We just needed to calm ourselves down,” Huskies coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We needed to revisit the fact we could play this game and that we did qualify for the playoffs last year. We have experienced girls and they helped us steady the ship. Maybe we needed a few more days to prepare.
Whatever the interpretation, the Huskies beat Aspen in lacrosse. Haley Frischholz, Marti Schmidt and Chloe Doctor had hat tricks, which accounted for the nine goals. Goalie Natalie Spear had five saves and got the win.
The Huskies and Skiers play again at Aspen on April 14. That will be the league game. Yes, Huskies fans can be forgiven for thinking that this is all a nefarious plot as last year’s first meeting was the league game, and the Skiers won that and the league. This year, the league’s coaches decided that the second meeting of teams playing twice is the league game.
Either way, Battle Mountain is 2-1 and has a bit of its swagger back.
The Huskies are off until March 31 when they head to Grand Junction.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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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.