Lady Huskies lacrosse take down Devils, 15-3

Eagle Valley's Jillian Byron leaps into the air to challenge Battle Mountain's Natalie Berger during Tuesday's game in Gypsum. The Huskies outscored the Devils in the first half, 8-3, on their way to 15-3 win.
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GYPSUM — One of these days it won’t be snowing when Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley lacrosse get together in Gypsum.

Despite heavy snow upvalley, the sun was shining downvalley as the Huskies downed the Devils, 15-3, in Mountain League play.

Battle Mountain (4-1) maintained control against Eagle Valley (4-3) behind eight Maggie Berger goals and the cat-like reflexes of goalie Siena Miller.

“Siena is a senior captain and she’s always been a really strong asset to our defense,” said Huskies coach Emily Jaissle. “A shutout in the second half — she’s awesome. We’re really lucky to have her.”

“Our defense has improved so much this season. I’m so impressed with holding them to three goals because I really couldn’t have done it alone.”Siena MillerBattle Mountain goalie

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Berger got things going early in the first half, scoring the first three goals for the Huskies — two of them assisted by Marti Schmidt and two of them in the span of 12 seconds.

The Devils responded with similar haste, soring twice in 15 seconds on goals by Haley Carpenter and Judy Torres. But the Huskies defense squandered any chance of the Devils making a comeback.

“Our defense has improved so much this season,” Miller said. “I’m so impressed with holding them to three goals because I really couldn’t have done it alone.”

Katie Kessenich (two), Chloe Doctor (two), Morgan Harty and Schmidt also scored for Battle Mountain.

“The whole team, when we’re connecting, it’s amazing to see on the field,” Berger said. “Everyone was working together and just clicking.”

Eagle Valley had chances at the net, but Jaissle said they will continue to work on faking out goalies.

“It was rough. They just came out the better team today,” Devils coach Stephanie Renzelman said. “Siena’s really good, so we’ll give it to her.”

The Devils play next at Durango on Friday in Mountain League play, while the Huskies travel to Grand Junction on Friday before heading to Durango on Saturday.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

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