Vail Mountain lacrosse and soccer pick up wins
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Vail Mountain School lacrosse is off to a great start, but how do the Gore Rangers handle success?
Apparently, pretty well.
VMS did exactly what it needed to do at Glenwood Springs, thumping the Demons, 13-2, on Tuesday. Good teams handle struggling ones, and the Gore Rangers took care of business.
“We only allowed two goals,” VMS coach Bobby Ecker said. “The last time we played them, we let in 10. One of our team’s goals was to allow less than four goals. (Goalie) Nick Charles played a great game.”
A goalie’s best friend is a huge lead and Griffin O’Connell (six goals), Luke Verratti (five goals and four assists) helped significantly in that regard. Tyler Hancock and Dylan Hardenbergh made the rout complete.
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VMS (7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Western Conference) hosts Ponderosa on Friday. Since Ponderosa pounded the Gore Rangers, 14-4, last year, the Mustangs command VMS’ attention.
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Vail Mountain School soccer bounced back into the win column on Tuesday, defeating Rangely, 8-0, on the road.
That makes the Gore Rangers 4-0 in the 3A/2A Western Slope.
“One of our goals was not to let the opposition determine our level of play, and we made progress in that regard,” assistant coach Sylvan Ellefson said. “We’ve been working on a lot of concepts since Saturday (a loss to Eagle Valley) and we wanted our team to put those into play. We saw that through today.”
Ellefson did the postgame since head coach Bob Bandoni was driving the bus, and, also, Bandoni is not allowed to make comments about games in Western Slope outposts for his own good.
VMS returns home today to host the Colorado Rocky Mountain School.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, firstname.lastname@example.org and @cfreud.