Vail Valley preps: Battle Mountain lacrosse finishes with a winning season
EDWARDS – That’s a wrap for Battle Mountain boys lacrosse and it was a very good one at that.
The Huskies ripped Grand Junction, 10-3, Friday night to clinch a winning season – 7-5 – in only the program’s second year. And, by the way, this was also Senior Night, so everyone in Huskies’ black and gold went home happy.
“For a first-year coach to have these guys is fantastic,” Huskies coach Seth Jones said of his 12 seniors. “It’s the best situation you could hope for. And it means so much for them to get a victory in their last game on this field.”
The Huskies seniors are Colby Childers, Cooper Cartmill, Miguel Copas, Tommy Crisofulli, Spencer Currie, Curtis Hart, Stephen Licciardi, Patrick Perry, Parke Robbins, Jake Robertson, Tanner VanCuran and Nate Vasquez.
Robbins played the leading role Friday night. Better known for his skills when it comes to running all over Battle Mountain’s new turf with a football in hand, he used his speed and stick skills to take out the Tigers.
“Everybody knows he’s a heck of an athlete,” Jones said. “But his biggest attribute is ability to be coached.”
To that end, the Huskies’ coaching staff got Robbins to use his speed Friday, to shoot on the run. Also instead of trying to go top shelf on the opposing goalies, Robbins was bouncing the ball in front of the net for the low shot.
Those adjustments sent Robbins on scoring spree and the rest of the Huskies joined. Christian Nichols had two, while Josh Rosenbach, Chris Libertini, Timmy Licciardi and Reeve Sanders all ripped the twine.
Currie was his usual, magnificent self in net and Battle Mountain beat Grand Junction for the first time. The Huskies not only finished the season by winning four out of its last six games, but the program also recorded its first wins against the likes of Aspen, Durango and the Tigers.
“Obviously, I think the program has made a huge step,” Jones said. “I also think we have higher expectations when it comes to Battle Mountain sports. Going from 3-9 to 7-5 is spectacular. I always want more. We’d love to be 14-0, but this year was a wonderful experience.”
Battle Mountain was scheduled to play 14 games, however spring snow interfered with that. Thursday’s scheduled game against Fruita went by the boards and Durango, meant to be today’s opponent, also called off its trip.
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