Vail Valley preps: Devils boys lacrosse beats Aspen for first time
ASPEN – Eagle Valley boys lacrosse had a very big win Thursday.
How big? Maybe, only time will tell, but it was big Thursday after the buzzer. It’s big today as the team’s members get to strut a little in the halls on their way to class.
The Devils dropped Aspen, 10-6, for their first win against the Skiers at the varsity level. It’s Eagle Valley boys lacrosse’s first victory against an established Slope program of the likes of Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Summit County.
The $64,000 question is whether this is the victory upon which everyone involved looks back and says, “That was the turning point.”
“I think that remains to be seen,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “From a coaching perspective, it could be huge. We led 6-4 at the half, and they guys realized that they were in a close game. They came out harder in the second half than they did in the first, and that is something we’ve been needing to learn. It was great to see.”
Turning point or not, tThe Devils were coming off a bit of clunker, losing at Glenwood Springs, 6-4, on Tuesday. This brightens everyone’s outlook.
“It was unbelievably great to see us go from what we could have tagged our worst game of the year to practicing hard the next day and then coming out and having our best game of the year,” Boddy said.
There’s also the fact that Aspen has made a habit of running over Eagle Valley like a freight train. When these two teams played in 2009 and 2010, it was all Skiers, tactfully-put. Eagle Valley gave notice that times were changing in a 10-7 loss last month in Gypsum.
Thursday was payback.
Daniel Vargas led the way with four scores, while Tyler Keegan and Kyle Newborn each had two goals. Dustin Arguello and Nick Briggs also found the back of the net.
“We were focusing on skills for the beginning of the season,” Boddy said. “‘Can we pass and can we catch?’ Once we realized we could pass and catch, it was a matter of working as a team. That’s what was the big step today. … We focused on playing lacrosse as a team. Hopefully, that carries over to our last three games.”
Eagle Valley (3-9) is at Fruita after spring break on April 26.
Devils girls lax falls to Aspen
GYPSUM – No, lightning didn’t strike twice in one day.
Eagle Valley girls lacrosse fell at Aspen, 11-5, Thursday, but made some good strides against the Skiers.
Just as has been the case with their male counterparts, the Devils had been on the wrong end of some lopsided scores – 16-2 in the season opener – so Eagle Valley (2-5) can certainly say it’s gaining ground.
“We closed the gap a little bit,” Devils coach Kim Andree said. “Our defense did an excellent job. I felt like we did a good job in our own end. We just struggled to put the ball in their net.”
Kayla Gagnon got a hat trick with Ashley Winsor and Cori Cramer also scored.
The Devils head to Telluride Saturday after next for their next game.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934 or email@example.com.
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