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Thursday’s preps wrap

EDWARDS – Who are you and what have you done with Battle Mountain girls lacrosse?

The Huskies downed Fruita Monument, 14-8, Thursday afternoon in the front end of a multi-sport doubleheader in Edwards. (Soccer against Moffat was the nightcap.)

That is Battle Mountain girls lacrosse’s first win against the Wildcats in seven tries, and if that phrase sounds familiar, it is. The Huskies picked up their first win against archrival, Eagle Valley, earlier this month.

These are not the same-old Huskies.

“I think they’re being held to a high standard and they’re meeting it,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “I’m asking a lot of them and they’re performing. They’re experiencing victory for the first time and that feeling overflows into practices and games.”

All Clare Baker did was have six goals and one assist. Morgan Underwood broke out with hat trick each of goals and assists. Here’s a nice combination of experience and youth – senior Alex Lee had two scores, while freshman Anna Trombetta picked up the first two goals of her varsity career. Captain Maddi Conlin also made the score sheet with a goal.

“Skill-wise, we’ve improved massively from the beginning of the season,” Jaissle said. “They’re responding as a unit and caring for each other as individuals. They’re a team.”

Battle Mountain (2-3) heads to Grand Junction Saturday.

Huskies boys lax bounces back

EDWARDS – And it’s a sweep of Fruita Monument.

Battle Mountain boys lacrosse polished off the Wildcats Wednesday night, 13-7, bouncing back from a tough loss in Aspen last week.

Birthday boy Timmy Licciardi had five goals. The underclassmen made themselves heard as Jesse Greve poured in four goals and Cooper Cartmill had the hat trick. Thomas Huzella also scored.

“It was a great team effort,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “We were focusing of staying out of the penalty box. We had just two penalties, compared to nine against Aspen. We also did a good job on ground balls. Ground balls translate to possession and that wins games.”

Next up for the Huskies is their annual southwestern swing. They’re at Telluride today and Durango Saturday.

Soccer

Huskies blank Moffat

EDWARDS – The most important number in Battle Mountain soccer’s 4-0 win over Moffat County Thursday night was the zero.

Yes, freshman Logan Nash seems to be from another planet with yet another hat trick. Fellow frosh Molly Phannenstiel had the other score. But it’s the goose egg coach David Cope likes.

Senior Emma Porter’s move to back line has settled the ship. It’s not a glamorous role, but the numbers bear out her value.

“The real encouraging sign is that since moving Emma back, we’ve only allowed two goals in four games,” Cope said.

This was after a stretch of seven goals in two contests in losses to Cheyenne Mountain and Glenwood Springs earlier in the season.

Battle Mountain (5-2 overall and 5-1 in the 4A Slope) hasn’t allowed a goal so far this week in Thursday’s shutout of Moffat and Tuesday’s 1-0 win at Delta. That means clean slates for goalies Mindy Vickers and Ali Teague, respectively.

The Huskies hope to keep the net empty again when they host Central today at 3:30 p.m.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or cfreud@vaildaily.com.


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