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Huskies lacrosse’s struggles continue vs. Fruita

Battle Mountain's Tucker Morrow racks up 41 goals and 12 assists on his way to earning all-league honors.
Chris Dillmann | Daily file photo

EDWARDS — It’s tough times for Battle Mountain lacrosse.

The Huskies dropped to 0-4 on the season with a 6-3 loss to Fruita Monument on Thursday night in Edwards.

In fairness, in all four games, the Huskies have been tied or in the lead in the fourth quarter. It’s not like they’re getting blown off the field.

With injuries mounting, Battle Mountain is playing more and more youngsters and that inexperience is exposed in late-game situations.

“I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It’s hard for me, for the coaching staff and for the players,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “You’ve just got to remember, you don’t have to win the game to have wins. We’re having a lot of wins here, particularly with our younger players who we’re asking to step up. Guess what? They’re doing it. Are they at the level of 18-year-old seniors that we’re facing? No, but they’re right on their tail.”

Cal Masler, Tucker Morrow and Tom Boyne staked the Huskies to 3-1 lead during the third quarter. It was all tied at three, going into the fourth quarter, and Battle Mountain could not string passes together.

That was the opening, and Fruita took it to raise its record to 2-0 against Eagle County teams this year. The Wildcats’ J.D. Clifford twice and Michael Anton added the icing goal.

‘Today is our year’

Battle Mountain plays the Vail Mountain School on Tuesday in a big one in more ways than one. VMS has already beaten the Huskies, 11-9, earlier this year.

After the 4 p.m. start — please note the time change — both teams and the community will honor former Huskies lacrosse player Mac Kelsall, who died last summer in a camping accident.

Kelsall blurted out, “Today is our year,” before a game against Aspen — a malapropism of sorts that loosens the mood at the time, yet takes on profundity — in a pre-game huddle. And, yes, the Huskies beat Aspen.

And, that’s the Huskies’ slogan this year, everywhere from Facebook to gear.

“There wasn’t a ground ball out there that Mac didn’t get. He was one of the grittiest players out there,” said Nichols, who coached Kelsall since he was in the fifth grade. “He was gritty, tough and joy to have on your team. Everybody liked him. ‘Today is our year’ really just says that. ‘Make today your year.’ Mac lived his life like that, and we can all learn from that.”

Kelsall’s No. 19 will be retired and a plaque honoring him will be installed beyond the northern end zone.


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