Skiers overwhelm Huskies in debut in Edwards
EDWARDS ” Bo knows lacrosse.
Aspen’s Bo Writer racked up seven goals, including five strikes in the first half, and teammate Zach Ware added a hat trick of his own to spoil Battle Mountain boys lacrosse’s debut, 13-2, Friday afternoon at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“Bo does know lacrosse,” said Aspen coach Mike Goerne said with a laugh, not commenting on whether the junior knew Didley. “He did a good job of being in the right place. The team got him the ball there in front of the net and he showed he has really soft hands.”
Given that Friday’s game began Aspen’s second season of high school, that would be a career high for Writer.
“I just knew we had to come out and had to play our game,” Writer said. “Winning the game was what mattered, Primarily, the defense pulled through, They held (Battle Mountain) well, cleared the ball, and that enables us to have a lot of time offensively.”
While it wasn’t the script that the Huskies playing their first high-school game had envisioned, it was a beginning for the team.
“I take out of it that we have a bright future,” Huskies coach Bob Daino said. “At one point we had six freshmen out, three sophomores and a junior out there. We’re talking young. We’ve got a lot to learn, but think how young we are. We fought the whole game. We didn’t lay down. I’m proud of them for that.”
Early and often
Though most will remember Aspen’s No. 6 for putting on a show, he actually assisted on Aspen’s first goal with a nifty pass to Ware for a 1-0 lead. With 9:10 left in the first period, William Thompson went down as the first Battle Mountain player to score a goal in CHSAA lacrosse to tie the game.
But the floodgates opened quickly after that with the Skiers scoring on markers from Jack Bird and the first two from Writer for a 4-1 lead after 12 minutes. Aspen upped its advantage to 7-1 behind two more from Writer and one from Rex Christensen before the Huskies’ Tommy Travers struck with 1:09 left in the half.
“You’ve got to back up your stick with a check to the body,” Daino said. “You can’t let guys go through the crease like that. Our freshmen are not used to the speed or the size of the high-school game yet. I think that opened their eyes to see where they need to be.”
When the Huskies could clear it out of their own end, the Skiers happily gobbled up the ground balls and reapplied the pressure.
One bright spot for the Huskies was the play of junior goalie Spencer Currie. While his goals-against average won’t show it, he acquitted himself just fine given the amount of time the Skiers were in the Huskies’ end.
“If it weren’t for Spencer, it would have been 20-2,” Daino said. “The kid takes everything to heart, so I know he’s down, but he’s a heck of kid.”
While Aspen was happy to start the new Mountain Conference with a 1-0 record, Goerne still sees lots of room for improvement. The Skiers host Summit County Tuesday.
“It the beginning of the season, and we’ve got rough edges,” he said. “We find some of those rough edges and hone some of those skills. We’re not quite crisp yet.”
Battle Mountain (0-1) does not have long to dwell on Friday’s loss. The Huskies host Eagle Valley at Freedom Park today at 9 a.m.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.