VMS lacrosse routs St. Mary’s
COLORADO SPRINGS — Last year, St. Mary’s beat Vail Mountain School lacrosse, 10-6. On Thursday night, the Gore Rangers retuned the favor by a count of 16-1 down in Colorado Springs.
That would be better.
Not only was a it payback, but it was also a good bounce back from a 9-8 overtime loss on Monday to Thompson Valley.
“It was fun to clear out our heads and play loose,” VMS assistant coach Rob Verratti said. “We were spreading it out and getting back to fundamentals. Our teamwork shifted things around. We had seven people score goals and speaks to teamwork.”
Verratti was speaking in place of coach Bobby Ecker, who was dutifully driving the bus back from the Springs.
Luke Verratti had three goals and five assists, while Griffin O’Connell had four scores and two helpers. Ian Hardenbergh had a hat trick and Tyler Hancock did his thing, winning 18-of-19 faceoffs.
On a fun note, Todger switched up from defense to offense and scored twice. The senior captain will doubtless campaign for more time on offense to become one of the state’s leading scorers.
Nick Charles had 12 saves in goal to get the win.
VMS (3-1) is at Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Devils lose heartbreaker
The 78th minute.
That’s when Glenwood Springs scored against Eagle Valley soccer to earn a 2-1 win on Thursday night down at Stubler.
You may yell, “ARGGGH” now.
That was a tough loss for the Devils (1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Slope), but perhaps a bit of a statement that conference teams shouldn’t be taking Eagle Valley lightly this season.
“I think the effort we had tonight was really telling on how we’re going to go throughout the season,” Devils coach Maggie Sherman said. “The girls were distraught after the game, but use that to our advantage to make sure they don’t feel that way again.”
Rose Sandell had Eagle Valley’s goal.
The Devils also got a strong performance out of center-back Ginny Osteen.
The Devils are playing a new system this season, and said system relies on the center back. (Just a guess, but this system would not exactly be a shock from a coach who played at the Vail Mountain School.)
Eagle Valley is at Summit County on Tuesday and finally makes an Eagle County appearance a week from Friday at Battle Mountain.
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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.