Huskies roll against Evergreen; Demons next

Jeremy Sforzo and Battle Mountain boys lacrosse had a much-needed 20-5 laugher at Evergreen on Wednesday. The Huskies head to Glenwood Springs on Monday for big game with the division title on the line.
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EVERGREEN — And, finally, Battle Mountain lacrosse got a laugher.

The Huskies have been playing a Murderers’ Row of non-Mountain Conference teams, and got a well-deserved breather with a 20-5 thumping of Evergreen on Wednesday.

Think we’re joking about Murderer’s Row? Dawson, Windsor, Valor Christian and Thompson Valley, all of whom have been on the Huskies’ schedule, are a combined 34-13. And that doesn’t include 9-0 Conifer next week.

The Huskies pounded the Cougars early and often on Wednesday. Charlie Morrow and Kevin Nichols had five each. Jeremy Sforzo had four. Tucker Morrow ended with a hat trick. Tom Boyne and Sawyer Nestlerode also scored.

That’s what one calls some young scoring talent, as all but old man Nichols are underclassmen.

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“What has impressed the coaches is how much these young guys have grown,” coach Jerry Nichols said. “Their composure, lacrosse IQ and stickhandling are the best I’ve seen from any (underclassmen) who have played for Battle Mountain.”

Speaking of the young ’uns, freshman Connor Underwood got the start in goal and made seven saves and had an assist. He’s filling in for Erickson Hirn, who’s on a college trip.

Battle Mountain moved to 6-6 with the win and return to conference play on Monday with a big game at Glenwood Springs. The Huskies can wrap the Northern Division of the Mountain Conference with a win and host the league’s title game later next week.

In other Mountain Conference news, Aspen and Fruita Monument were scheduled to play on Wednesday but that game did not happen because of a scheduling mix-up. No makeup date has been announced, but that has to be squeezed in some time before the end of next week.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, and @cfreud.

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