Lady Devils roll Durango, 13-4, in Gypsum
GYPSUM, Colorado ” Eagle Valley girls lacrosse wrapped a whole lot of history into one day Friday.
When Durango came to Buckhorn Field in Gypsum, it was the Devils’ first home game. And when the dust settled, it was also Eagle Valley’s first home and Mountain Conference win by a count of 13-4.
“It was all excitement. We definitely had our nerves going,” Devils senior Elise Byron said. “We were super-excited to play this game.”
And it showed. The two teams had met in the nonconference Lax Jam Tournament in Grand Junction last month with Eagle Valley emerging a 10-3 victor.
In Friday’s meeting, the Devils raced out to a 7-0 in the first half before Durango’s Ruthie Edd could put one on the board for the Demons.
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“I think we were just excited to have our first home game, excited to get out and play,” Devils coach Sarah Resch said. “Our basic skills were really strong today, our throwing, our catching, our ground-ball pickups.”
In the opening Eagle Valley flurry, Ashley Atencio scored twice, while Kyla Arguello, Whitney Wright, Jessica Dondero, Shelby Massie and Kelsie Schwan all found the back of the net.
“Every game is a chance to improve,” Durango coach Jenni Darlow said. “Everybody has stuff they need to work on as a team. We need to work on defending as a team.”
Durango had difficulty sliding on defense, which allowed the Devils to charge unimpeded to the net.
In the second half, Eagle Valley’s Stephanie Renzelman and Amanda Morgan struck twice, along with Ashley Windsor and Kayla Gagnon. Hannah Rossi ripped the twine twice for Durango, while teammate Flor Chacon also got her name on the score sheet.
Eagle Valley (3-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference) hosts Grand Junction today at 11 a.m. at Buckhorn, while the Demons head to Freedom Park in Edwards to take on Battle Mountain.
Huskies fall to Grand Junction
EDWARDS ” Battle Mountain girls lacrosse hadn’t played a game in a month, and understandably looked like it in a 10-3 loss to Grand Junction Friday at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“The girls had to push through a lot because they hadn’t played a game in so long,” Huskies coach Stacy Schapira said. “But we feel we’re building a foundation from the ground up. We have a lot of spirit and good girls and we’re growing as a team.”
Annie Talbot scored twice for the Huskies, while Nima Sherpa also found the net.
Battle Mountain hosts Durango today at 11 a.m.
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