Huskies lax tops Glenwood and makes league title game
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — After all the ups and downs, Battle Mountain boys lacrosse is right where it was a year ago — back in the Mountain Conference title game.
The Huskies knocked off Glenwood, 12-9, on Monday to win the Mountain’s Northern Division for the second year in the row. They will host the South winner — Aspen, Fruita Monument or Grand Junction on Friday at Battle Mountain.
Unlike last year’s senior-heavy squad, which rolled to a division title, this year’s crew of youngsters has overcome some adversity, including a stretch in which it lost five of six games.
“We feel like we’ve come through our funk,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “We’ve got some chemistry going in our attack. We were mixed up in our attack because of injuries and other things. Now we’re starting to look like we’ve been playing together all year.”
The Morrow brothers (Charlie and Tucker) combined for seven against the Demons. Ky Caradonna and Kevin Nichols each had two. Nichols also had four helpers. Sawyer Nestlrode had one goal.
Vail Christian beats Rams
EDWARDS — Vail Christian soccer is simply not going quietly.
After a heartbreaking loss on many levels last week to Grand Valley, one could have excused the Saints for calling it a season. But, instead, Vail Christian rallied for a 1-0 overtime win against Roaring Fork on Monday at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“It was amazing,” said Monday’s hero, Morgan Calton. “Remy (Beveridge) had the perfect ball to send it down the field. It was a breakaway. I was like, ‘OK, the keeper is coming out. Look far post.’”
Calton indeed went far post, and the Saints celebrated their win.
“There is no greater feeling as a coach than to watch your team realize that hard work and teamwork do pay off,” Saints co-coach Barbara Wilson said. “They played competitively but also with the best composure I’ve seen all season.”
The bigger picture is that the Saints moved to 5-5 and improved their chances in the thingamajig picture, also known as the playoff race in 2A.
This is all the more remarkable, given that Jessie Raitt, one of the team’s best players, went down with yet another ACL injury last week. And, oh by the way, the Saints had two goals waived off on Monday in regulation.
“Our team works well together,” co-coach Lauren Mutter said. “The fact that we are even in the running (for the playoffs) is so exciting for our team, our program and our school. Everyone’s contributing.”
The Saints are next in action on Thursday against the Vail Mountain School.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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