Playoffs in mind, Huskies roll past Fruita 14-3 |

Playoffs in mind, Huskies roll past Fruita 14-3

Battle Mountain goalie Siena Miller makes the save against Fuita Monument in Edwards on Thursday. Miller stopped 15 shots in 14-3 win over the Wildcats.
Townsend Bessent | |

EDWARDS — Battle Mountain girls lacrosse is like the Eagle River — slowly rising, but not near its peak.

The Huskies knocked around Fruita Monument, 14-3, on Thursday for their fourth win in a row, and, oh, by the way, they’ve not so quietly put together a 8-1 record this year.

“I think after we beat Grand Junction (on Friday), that’s when we came together and realized how strong of a team we were,” Huskies senior Lindsay Sierant said. “Since then, we’ve been doing really well.”

The fun plotline with the Huskies is that all facets are firing as they come down the stretch. Goalie Siena Miller was her usual self with 15 saves on Thursday, but there’s also a defense in front of the senior netminder.

Battle Mountain’s defense is allowing only around 5.5 goals per game this spring.

“What we’re trying to do is get our bodies in front on the ball to slow the ball down so that the girls can’t get the low shot or the shot that Siena can’t save as easily,” junior defender Clara Cappel said.

Good balance

And the offense is equally accommodating. Maggie Berger and Chloe Doctor combined for seven on Thursday, but the Huskies have multiple threats.

“It’s awesome,” Sierant said. “There’s like six really strong offensive players on our team.”

Give Sierant marks for her knowledge. With her two on Thursday, she’s one of four Huskies in double digits in scoring (Haley Frisccholz, Berger and Doctor). And Marti Schmidt’s knocking on the door after recording her eighth and ninth against the Wildcats.

The goal, as always, remains the playoffs. The Mountain Conference usually gets short shrift from CHSAA. Aspen leads the league and will likely get the automatic berth to state. But can the Huskies make it complicated?

Battle Mountain is at Wheat Ridge on Saturday and then has a rematch with Aspen next week. Though it’s a nonconference game, what happens if the Huskies beat the Skiers and keep it going? If the Huskies were to run the table, then they’d be 14-1. Could CHSAA really leave out a 14-1 team? It’s a hypothetical, but the Huskies are aiming high.

“It’s super exciting,” Cappel said. “I want to go to playoffs.”

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