Sun for the weak and Vail Mountain lax wins |

Sun for the weak and Vail Mountain lax wins

Vail Mountain School freshman Ian Hardenbergh fights to regain control of the ball in Summit territory during during Tuesday's game in East Vail. VMS rallied for a 10-8 win over the Tigers.
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EAST VAIL — Let it snow, baby.

Vail Mountain School lacrosse apparently doesn’t care for nice, sunny weather that allegedly accompanies so-called spring sports.

“We play much better when it’s snowing,” Vail Mountain School coach Matt Felser said. “Our first game against Eagle (Valley) in a snowstorm was the best we’ve played all year. As soon as the snow started flying here in the fourth quarter , that’s when we started making our comeback.”

The Gore Rangers erased a 7-4 fourth-quarter deficit with a rally in a whiteout at Bandoni Alumni Field on Tuesday for a 10-8 win against Summit County.

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Vroom, vroom

The best way to come back is to get into a sports car. Luke Verratti really sounds like one, and Vail Mountain School rode him in the fourth quarter. He had four goals in the final 12 frigid minutes, and five overall.

The highlight of this binge was with 6:58 left in the game, when his first shot was blocked. For his trouble, Verratti got knocked down by a Summit defender, so the junior scored a posterior goal, sending the rebound into the net while on his duff.

“Dylan (Hardenbergh) and Robbie (Gruber) had some good looks to me today,” Verratti said. “They had some high lacrosse IQ coming off the cuts.”

Hardenbergh had what was the game-winner with 2:39 left, and Verratti added some insurance because no one involved wanted to see this one go to overtime because of the heavy snow.

Unsung heroes

Vail Mountain School (2-2) outscored Summit, 6-1 in the final quarter. That meant that Tyler Hancock was winning faceoffs.

“It’s take it and make it,” Felser said.

Give it up for John Linn as well. How is a goalie meant to stop a white ball in a whiteout?

And Vail Mountain School’s defense solidified after a shaky start.

“I think defensively, we were just trying to get them to slow down on the fast breaks, and just pick up the slides,” Vail Mountain School defender Cal Conniff said. “It started working for us.”

Vail Mountain School is at Ponderosa on Friday and then back home for St. Mary’s. Vail Mountain School is doubtless hoping for about a foot of snow on Saturday.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud and @cfreud.

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