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Late preps: Huskies lax wins opener

Chris Freud
Vail, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – Call it a comfortable win.

Battle Mountain boys lacrosse started 2012 well with a 12-5 pasting of Grand Junction Thursday.

“The boys are very much in good shape,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “They played the fourth quarter as strong as they did the first. The team looked really comfortable out there.”

That’s because it’s an experienced crew. Timmy Licciardi scored four times, while Christian Nichols had two markers. Chris Libertini had two and Addison Baker and Reeve Sanders each scored once. Junior Cooper Perkins ripped the twine twice in his varsity debut.

Winston Heuga back-stopped the win with nine saves.

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Battle Mountain (1-0) steps up the schedule considerably with a Tuesday date at Chatfield.

“We’re excited,” Jerry Nichols said. “I would have to say that Chatfield is probably looking at us as easy pickings, but we’ll see.”

Fruita Monument 10, Eagle Valley 2

GYPSUM – It’s a start.

Eagle Valley lacrosse hung in there with Fruita Monument in its season-opener, trailing just 3-1 at the half, before falling to the visitors, 10-2, Thursday in Gypsum.

“It was a great first half for the boys,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “They made a run in the third quarter and that was the game.”

Daniel Vargas and Nick Briggs scored for Eagle Valley (0-1). One area of concern was that the Devils picked up 12 penalties in the season-opener.

“That doesn’t tend to work,” Boddy said.

Eagle Valley hosts Durango Saturday at 11 a.m.

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