Thursday’s preps wrap
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Vail Mountain School lacrosse is undefeated.
Yeah, OK, the Gore Rangers won their opener, but it’s always fun to say that. VMS downed Glenwood Springs, 19-10, on Thursday to start the season and Western Conference play on the right note.
“We played pretty well,” VMS coach Bobby Ecker said. “We’re rolling off last season. We didn’t lose many seniors and we have added some good players.”
One of VMS’ stalwarts Luke Verratti went nuts in a good way with eight goals and four assists. Kyle Negomir added to the effort with four goals and two helpers.
Continuing with the video-game-like numbers Griffin O’Connell had 5 goals and four assists. Tyler Hancock finished with one goal, five assists and was 20-for-22 on faceoffs, the latter being a pretty spectacular performance.
Henry Hancock scored his first varsity goal as well.
Of course, every team has a lot upon which to work after a first game. For the Gore Rangers, it’s defense and staying out of the box.
VMS hosts Battle Mountain on Saturday at venerable Bandoni Alumni Field.
Devils fall to Farmers
WHEAT RIDGE — Don’t panic.
No one ever envisions a season opener being a 5-0 loss as was the case with Eagle Valley falling to Wheat Ridge on Thursday.
The host Farmers went 14-2-2 last season, making the Elite Eight. It was a tall order for the Devils in their first outing of the season.
“We’re trying some new things, and some of that showed,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “There were some time when we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. That comes with learning new things.”
The Devils are starting the season with five games in a row on the road, including a Saturday date at Rifle. Meanwhile, Wheat Ridge’s next game is at Battle Mountain.
Saint blank Lake County
EDWARDS — Vail Christian soccer had just 12 players and had practiced just one time outdoors this spring.
The Saints blanked Lake County, 3-0, at Edwards’ Freedom Park on Thursday. Vail Christian’s next game is March 24 against Front Range Christian.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.