Huskies grab lacrosse bragging rights
EDWARDS — Battle Mountain lacrosse made an emphatic statement during Monday’s lacrosse doubleheader in Edwards.
The twinbill was all black and gold as the Huskies ladies took care of their counterparts from Eagle Valley, 15-0, while the Battle Mountain boys breezed past the Devils, 14-1.
Huskies ladies get shutout
Battle Mountain girls lacrosse goalie Sierra Miller was just plain lonely on Monday. A skilled netminder, the sophomore got a pseudo-day off as the Huskies won practically every faceoff and scored at will.
“It feels really good playing against our rivals,” said Mabry Gentry, who had a hat trick for the Huskies. “I just think it’s always a fun game. You’re always looking forward to it. To come up with a win is a really good feeling.”
Maddi Conlin had her hat trick at the 15-minute mark of the first half as Battle Mountain had a 10-0 lead after 25 minutes. The prettiest goal of the half came off the stick of Clare Baker to Conlin. The latter one-timed the pass past Eagle Valley keeper Sarah Shuman.
“I love scoring,” Baker said. “But part of me likes to watch other people score. They get a little bit of the glory. It gives them more confidence to play better. We can read each other. I could have run it, but it’s good. ‘You go, and you’ve got this.’”
Morgan Harty, Mabry Gentry and Tyra Culler all scored in the onslaught. Conlin finished with four, Gentry with three, Baker two and Culler two.
With the matter settled, Battle Mountain spread out the scoring with Avery Hynes and Anna Trombetta scoring late.
And, while Miller was, by and large, an island, she did make some good stops late to preserve her shutout.
For Eagle Valley with a predominantly freshman and sophomore roster and only three seniors, wins and losses aren’t a true indicator of progress.
“A lot is just fundamentals, getting ground balls, throwing good passes,” Devils coach Stephanie Renzelman said. “Lacrosse isn’t an easy sport to pick up. Stick work is hard. I’m really proud of these girls. They’re working hard and picking it up quick.”
Battle Mountain raised its record to 2-2 and hosts Steamboat Springs on Friday at 4:30 p.m. Eagle Valley (0-4) is off until April 8, when it heads to Fruita Monument.
Davis dishes and Huskies boys rolls
Tis better to give, right?
Battle Mountain’s Clayton Davis put on a passing clinic as the Huskies rolled the Devils, 14-1.
The Huskies junior had two goals and five assists, not a bad day at the office.
“He’s got a great sense of the field, and that’s why he leads in assists,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “Assisted goals in lacrosse are beautiful. Unassisted goals are OK, but when we see them banging the ball around and connecting the dots, it’s a pretty thing.”
“It’s a lot of fun,” Davis said. “It’s really easy because everyone knows what everyone is doing. It makes it easy to know where everyone is at.”
Davis was in on all four first-quarter Battle Mountain scores. Wyatt Dilling started it, courtesy of a Davis assist. Davis scored unassisted, which, we presume is OK with the coach. Davis to Dilling made it 3-0, and Davis to Crane McGuckin gave the Huskies a 4-0 lead.
Dilling finished with four goals, three of those from Davis. To Dilling’s credit, he had the assist on Davis’ second goal. (One ought to be nice to the hand that feeds you.) McGuckin also finished with three as the Huskies moved to 3-0 in 2014.
Meanwhile, though the result was pretty close to the first meeting of the season between the two teams down in Gypsum, Devils coach Ted Boddy feels his team is making progress.
“It hurts to lose — 14-1 is not much better than 14-0,” he said. “But I think over the course of the game we made them play competitively every play of the game. In the first game, (Battle Mountain) was able to get in their subs and run against us. I think we have improved significantly in those two weeks. I’m very happy with the effort.”
While Davis was the Huskies’ MVP, his Eagle Valley counterpart was goalie Joe Sheldon, who had to feel like he was in a shooting gallery, but played well despite relentless action.
Eagle Valley (0-4) hosts St. Mary’s on Wednesday, while Battle Mountain hosts Summit County.
“Every year, that seems like a close game, and every year, it seems like we play them in bad weather,” Nichols said. “I feel some bad weather coming on Wednesday.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, email@example.com and @cfreud.