Late preps: Chatfield charges past Huskies
LITTLETON – It’s not hard to imagine what will be the subject of practice Wednesday for Battle Mountain boys lacrosse. The Huskies will be chasing down ground balls all afternoon after an 11-3 loss at Chatfield Tuesday.
It’s not a bad loss for the Huskies. Chatfield’s student body of 2,000 is slightly bigger than that of Battle Mountain – OK, enormously bigger. But whether you’re playing Chatfield or Our Lady of the Patsy High School, a lacrosse team can’t lose the ground-ball battle by a ratio of 2-1.
That was the case Tuesday when the Chargers had a 40-23 advantage in ground balls, and that was your ball game.
“That’s where we lost the game,” coach Jerry Nichols said. “The good news is that we know what we have to work on. If we’re even with them on ground balls, we could have competed with them. When you play good teams, it’s all about possession.”
Bright spots included a statistical win on faceoffs (11-7) as well as a two-goal day from Reeve Sanders and a tally from Cooper Perkins.
Battle Mountain (1-1) needs no pep talk for its next game. The Huskies host Eagle Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Edwards.
Meanwhile, the girls lacrosse team opened its season with a tough 14-4 loss in Aspen Tuesday.
Maddi Conlin, Tiana Hill and Clare Baker scored for the Huskies.
The ladies are at Durango on Saturday.
Delta beats Devils
GYPSUM – Eagle Valley girls soccer got off to a competitive start with a 4-2 loss to Delta at Hot Stuff Stadium Tuesday night.
Megan Asmussen scored twice for Eagle Valley.
“We had a heck of a lot of improvement after about 10 minutes of the game,” Devils coach Jason Rittmiller said. “It’s a matter of figuring out positions and working together. But I’m optimistic about the level of improvement throughout the game. If we keep going like that, we’re going to be something special by the end of the season.”
Eagle Valley is at Coal Ridge Tuesday.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.