Summit County powers past Battle Mountain girls lax in Edwards
EDWARDS ” Summit County girls lacrosse is in its sixth season, while Battle Mountain was playing its first game in school history Wednesday at Freedom Park in Edwards.
And it showed.
“It’s really nice. We’ve played together ” most of us ” since sixth grade,” said Summit’s Brie Barto, who had a four goals along with teammate Jaclin Limone, who had a hat trick in a 16-4 win. “We’ve progressed, so it nice where we’re at the stage where we’re winning. It’s fun.
“I think it’s pretty important. We all have chemistry together. When you start out playing young, it helps a lot. You know what people’s strengths are and what they’re weaknesses are.”
The Huskies had their moments, but it was understandably Summit’s day as the Tigers ripped off 10-straight goals in the first half after Battle Mountain’s Nima Sherpa scored the game’s opening goal.
“It was very exciting just to see all the girls working hard together,” Huskies coach Stacy Schapira said. “For how little we’ve been a team, I think they played very well. We’re going to work on ground-ball pick-ups and checking and catching and throwing. But overall, they’re coming together as a team, and that’s what I’m looking for.”
Summit dictated the flow, winning faceoffs and converting its dominance in possession into goals, forcing a running clock during the second half. In addition to Barto’s and Limone’s hat tricks, Steph Snyder, Hayley Colvin and Sydney Schwab each scored twice and Codi Sandbolt, Katie Aceto and Michelle Warpetta all found the net.
“We were really working hard on taking care of the ball and making good decisions and then just talking on defense,” Summit coach Kristin Elliott said.
Sherpa got the first goal for the Huskies’ girls lacrosse program. Barri Daino scored midway through the first half and Jana Weiss got her name on the scoresheet twice in the second half.
When the Huskies had other opportunities, Tigers goalie Bobby Bouchard was there to end the threats.
“I love Bobbie,” Barto said. “She works her butt off. It’s tough in practice because we have to wail on her, but it shows in games.”
While the Huskies wanted a tighter game, Wednesday’s debut was a good experience.
“It was actually really fun,” the Huskies’ Becca Bosworth said. “It was really nerve-racking at the beginning. Once you’re out there, it’s a bunch of fun.”
Summit (2-0) is at Eagle Valley Monday. Meanwhile, Battle Mountain heads to the Lax Jam Tournament in Grand Junction on Saturday.
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