Huskies topple Durango, 9-6, in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Battle Mountain girls lacrosse celebrated, and then the Huskies ran to their cars.
The celebration likely lasted in a heated place for a while ” and deservedly so.
Battle Mountain got its second win of the season by knocking off Durango, 9-6, Saturday at Freedom Park in Edwards in conditions better suited to a Nordic ski race than lacrosse.
The wind howled. The rain came and the snow was starting to fall by the time the final whistle blew, but it did not dampen the Huskies’ enthusiasm.
“It was fun. It was cold,” said the Huskies’ Annie Talbot, summing up things neatly while shivering.
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“It feels so good to have the team morale up,” Huskies coach Stacy Schapira said. “It’s our second win. We beat this team twice now. We know we are competitors in our league.”
Battle Mountain upped its record to 2-4 overall and 1-1 in the Mountain Conference behind hat tricks from Brodie Waring and Talbot. Tied 5-5 early in the second half, the Huskies went on a 4-0 run to ice away the win.
Rylee McMillin broke the tie and the Huskies seemed to gain energy. Nima Sherpa, Waring and Talbot followed as the Huskies built a comfortable lead.
The first half belonged to Durango’s Flor Chacon who had four goals in 25 minutes.
“Flor is very quick and she’s aggressive to the goal,” Demons coach Jenni Darlow said.
Ali Feeney also emerged as an unsung hero. The Huskies goalie stopped a ton of Demons’ scoring chances and helped Battle Mountain weather two three-minute stick infractions.
“Ali started playing goalie for the first time last year,” Talbot said. “She had never played before and she’s made huge improvement. She did a wonderful job.”
While it was a loss for Durango, Darlow felt her team played much better than it did in Friday’s loss at Eagle Valley.
“It was a much better game. We were more settled down,” she said. “Our passing in transition was pretty good. Our defense still needs work. We’re still getting picked apart on the defense. But this was a more evenly-matched game. We also got a good night’s sleep. We didn’t have seven hours on the bus.”
Durango is next in action two weekends from now when Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley get to take that long bus ride. Before that, though, the Huskies host the Devils Tuesday.
Huskies track shines
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Battle Mountain girls track powered its way to an eighth-place finish Saturday at the Demon Invitational Saturday in Glenwood Springs.
Amelia Ortiz had the top performances of the day for the Huskies with a second in the 3,200 meters in 12 minutes, 26 seconds, and a bronze in the 1,600 (5:46). Ortiz, along with Kenia Olivas, Shannon O’Rourke and Maddie Stevens, took six the in the 3,200 relay in 11:22.
The 800 relay of Olivia Fauland, Krista Norris, Ellie Cahill and Anna Padget-Shields was third in 1:59.03. Norris also picked up points, finishing seventh in the 100 in 13.77.
Susana DeChant notched a 12th-place finish in the 100 hurdles in 19:41. The 400 relay of Allison Bukacek, Carsyn Bock, Bailey Garton and Jayna Horn broke 1 minute with a time of 59.03.
On the boys’ side, Robert Shearon grabbed seventh in the 3,200 in 11:09. The 3,200 relay was in the points in eighth with a 9:28. That team is Charles Gladistch, James Leonard, Jesus Nunez and Tommy Crisofulli.
Cody Kleisinger was ninth in the 100 with an 11.72. The 1,600 relay took 10th in 3:51. That foursome was Leonard, Nunez, Raphael Joly and Nick Maher-Couille.
Battle Mountain’s 400 and 800 relay teams ” both consisting of Charlie Barry, Maher-Couille, Zach Guida and Reidesel Mendoza ” also excelled on their exchanges in both races.
“One thing we’re really excited about is the way the kids handled the weather,” Huskies coach Jeff Krumlauf said. “It rained. It did all sorts of things and everyone dealt with it and didn’t let it phase them.”
Battle Mountain baseball was rained out Saturday in Glenwood Springs. The Huskies and Demons will try to play two on Monday.
Huskies lacrosse was snowed out in Durango. No make-up date has been announced.
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