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GYPSUM – Welcome to more March Madness.

As if exploding brackets last weekend weren’t enough, Battle Mountain girls lacrosse pulled somewhat of a shocker Tuesday afternoon in Gypsum, recording its first win in seven tries against Eagle Valley, 12-7.

“The girls were ecstatic,” Huskies coach Emily Jaissle said. “They played well together. They won together. They’re happy.”

Clare Baker scored five times, while Maddi Conlin chalked up a hat trick and three helpers for the Huskies. Mabrie Gentry ripped the twine twice, while Alex Lee and Morgan Underwood each had a goal.

Amie Hixson had six saves in the win for Battle Mountain (1-3).

While the Huskies were playing their fourth game it was Eagle Valley’s opener. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives for the Devils. Chief among them was goalie Jammie Dumont, who had a whopping 20 stops.

Eagle Valley, without some of its veterans, also got to look at some of their younger players.

“We called on some of our freshman players who had not played high school ball before, and I was totally impressed by their willingness and ability,” Devils coach Kim Andre said. “Today was a really good day for us.”

Haley Hutton had three for the Devils, while Olivia Keegan, Megan Muehlenthaler, Gina Johnson and Morgan Trujillo all scored for Eagle Valley.

The Devils (0-1) host Aspen Thursday at the Gypsum Town Sports Complex at 4 p.m., while the Huskies are off until March 29, their home opener against Fruita Monument.

Huskies boys top Summit

EDWARDS – There must have been some internal memo at Battle Mountain Tuesday, dictating firsts. As the girls lacrosse team won their first game ever against Eagle Valley, the boys lax team followed suit, taking down conference rival Summit, 11-7, for their first win over the Tigers.

Battle Mountain led 5-1 at the half, suffered a small letdown, allowing Summit to tie it at five before running away in the fourth quarter.

“We knew we were in great physical shape,” Huskies coach Jerry Nichols said. “You have to be in good shape to beat good teams in close games.”

Especially pleasing to Nichols were two items. The first was having six different goal-scorers – Timmy Licciardi (three), Thomas Huzella (two), Cooper Perkins (two), Reeve Sanders (two), Chris Libertini and Jesse Greve. The other good fact was that more than half of the goals were assisted, meaning the Huskies were moving the ball quickly and crisply.

Battle Mountain (3-1) heads to Aspen Friday night.

Skiers top Devils boys

GYPSUM – Eagle Valley boys lacrosse was very competitive in a 9-6 loss to Aspen Tuesday in Gypsum.

“Our goalie Grant Johnson kept us in the game early,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “He had nine saves in the first period. He stood on his head for us. The defense played aggressively and Anders (Blomquist) went 12-for-17 on faceoffs, and really started the offense for us.”

Johnny Bailey had a hat trick and Daniel Vargas, Sam Boyd and Gregg Salaz each found the back of the net for Eagle Valley.

The Devils are at Glenwood Springs today.

Soccer

Gore Rangers top Saints

EAST VAIL – Vail won.

OK, more specifically, the Vail Mountain School got by Vail Christian, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon at Bandoni Alumni Field.

“We worked on playing the ball as fast as we could and that improved as the game went on,” VMS coach Bob Bandoni said.

That resulted in two goals from Acacia Ortiz, as well as markers by Misha Harrison and Avery Bellis.

In the meantime, the Saints got their first goal of the season in the second half as Karen Parra scored on a pass from McKenzie O’Brien.

Vail Christian is at Roaring Fork Thursday, while the Gore Rangers host Rifle.

Coal Ridge downs Devils

SILT – Put the ball on frame.

That was the message from Eagle Valley girls soccer coach Jason Rittmiller and the Devils did just that in a 7-3 loss to a strong Coal Ridge team Tuesday.

“We had 17 shots on goal,” Rittmiller said. “That means we’re going a good job of moving the ball up the field.”

Megan Asmussen, Tiffany Sheehy and Mariel Gutierrez all scored for the Devils, who are at Palisade Thursday.


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