Huskies rally past Thompson Valley, 9-7
EDWARDS — The song “Shout” simply must be played after a Battle Mountain boys lacrosse win.
It’s a rule, people.
The buzzer went off after the Huskies’ 9-7 win over Thompson Valley on Wednesday and the gents simply would not leave the field until someone scrambled to the press box and played the song.
Battle Mountain deserved the moment. The Huskies were down 6-1 after the first half before turning everything around during the final 24 minutes.
“We knew that from Dawson,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said, referring to an early season comeback against Alexander Dawson that turned into a win. “We know we’re never out of it. In lacrosse, the experience tells you that you are never out of it as long as you don’t lose your composure.”
And it snapped a two game skid for the Huskies. Said losing streak, granted, was at the hands of the No. 1- and No. 4-ranked teams in 4A, Valor Christian and Ponderosa. Yet as noble as it is for a team to schedule a tough nonconference schedule, winning some of those games is encouraged.
“We were hoping to win against Valor and Ponderosa,” senior defensive stalwart Eli Stephens said. “They were better those two days. It’s nice to get rid of that two-game losing streak with a win and a fantastic comeback.”
Turning it around
That it was. Battle Mountain (6-2) sputtered through the first half. To Thompson Valley’s credit, the visiting Eagles hustled for some goals on some rebounds, but the bigger issues were clearing the ball safely from the Huskies’ defensive end and turnovers on offense.
By the time Huskies goalie Max Schramm cleared the ball straight to Thompson Valley’s Johnny Parsons, who put the ball right back into the Battle Mountain net, the Eagles had a 6-1 lead. (That sequence can be laughed off in retrospect because the Huskies came back and Schramm was huge in the second half.)
In the second half, Windham Miller “got his mojo back,” according to coach Nichols, on faceoffs. The offense took care of the ball better and all was well for the Huskies.
Clayton Davis, Jack Nichols and Cole Delain started the third with a bang. Despite a Thompson Valley timeout, the Huskies got to within one with a minute left in the period with a Wyatt Dilling score.
In the fourth, Jeremy Sforzo tied it up at six and Delain gave the Huskies the lead briefly at 7-6. Thompson Valley’s Kale Wilson, who finished with a game-high five goals, ripped the net.
But Davis struck again with 4:49 to go. That would be the winning goal. Sforzo added some insurance. The Eagles’ Jake Loomis had a chance to cut into the Huskies’ lead, but Schramm stoned him with a clutch save, and Battle Mountain ran off the clock.
Battle Mountain is in a stretch of a heavy duty non-Mountain Conference opponents. The Huskies have played five teams from the Front Range that had a combined 58-26 record last spring. They’re 3-2 against those teams, reflecting the parity among the best in 4A.
Next up the Huskies head to Greeley to face the Windsor Wizards (9-2 this year) on Monday.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 and email@example.com.
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