Summit, in green, handles Huskies in Edwards
EDWARDS, Colorado ” Good things don’t happen when you face a team wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day.
Maybe that’s an overly-simplistic way of breaking down the Battle Mountain-Summit boys lacrosse game Tuesday, but the kelly green-clad Tigers came away with an 8-2 win over the host Huskies at Freedom Park in Edwards.
“I think it was the key, especially being an O’Neill,” Summit coach Michael O’Neill joked.
And when Summit’s Shamus O’Neill leads the victors with two-first half goals, why argue?
In Summit’s fifth appearance outdoors ” which also happened to be its fifth game of the season, The Tigers moved to 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain Conference.
“It’s pretty nice to be outside because we don’t have a field,” said Summit’s Andrew Dunlap, who had his team’s last goal. “This turf field is pretty sweet. We just need to practice more, play on fields like this more.”
The Tigers looked just fine Tuesday, jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the first half. In addition to O’Neill’s two, Dylan Horan and Kyle Peterson scored. Battle Mountain’s Coleby Henzlik tallied one for the hosts.
Summit continued to pour it on during the final 24 minutes with markers from Brandon Major, Jeff Metzger and Dylan Junkermeier. The Huskies’ Reeve Sanders got the final goal of the game.
Despite the easy win, Summit’s coach thinks that Tigers have plenty of room for improvement, especially when it comes to riding and clearing the ball from its defensive end.
“That’s the one thing you can’t do in a gym,” Michael O’Neill said. “Our gym is one-fifth the size of this field. That’s the hardest part. Our set offense is OK. We look pretty good in set offense. The transition game doesn’t translate to the gym.”
Meanwhile, Battle Mountain (0-2) continues to suffer the growing pains of being the new kid on the block. The Huskies shored things up well defensively, playing out of zone, something they had in installed in practice recently. But Battle Mountain still struggled with turnovers and the predicament of being a younger, smaller team than Summit, which has been playing CHSAA lacrosse for three year,
“It’s tough. We started six freshmen tonight,” Huskies coach Brian Daino said. “They’re all good athletes and they deserve to start. It’s just when you’re playing teams that are older than you at this level, it’s tough. I told them I was proud of them because they hustled the whole game. They fought the whole game. When you fight like that, good things will come.”
Summit heads west Saturday to Grand Junction for a twinbill. The Tigers face Grand Junction at 1 p.m., followed by Durango at 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the Huskies head to Gypsum Friday for a long-awaited 3 p.m. tilt against Eagle Valley. The Huskies and Devils were meant to meet earlier this month, but that was postponed by snow.
“I’m expecting Eagle to be young like us. It should be a pretty close game,” Daino said. “I would think it would be back-and-forth most of the day. I want my kids to have that feeling of being ahead in a game once. I think it will be a close game. It should be fun.”
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