Devils top Demons in lacrosse
GYPSUM, Colorado – It might have been snowing, but the Eagle Valley boys lacrosse team was as close to feeling warm and cozy as was possible Tuesday afternoon.
The Devils won their first game in nearly two years, defeating Glenwood Springs, 10-2, on a day more suited to Nordic skiing than a spring sport in which the athletes wear shorts.
“You’ve got to keep running,” said sophomore Sam Boyd on how to stay warm.
The Devils did and are in the win column.
“Oh, it’s nice. It’s amazing,” said Boyd, who was one of several Devils who earned their first varsity victory. “We got that first win. Maybe we can start a streak.”
Eagle Valley’s last win came on April 25, 2009, at Glenwood by a count of 9-7.
“It was great. They’re learning how to win, and that’s a good step,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “It wasn’t a perfect game. I don’t even think it was our best game of the season. They got out there and got over it. We had a lot
of guys do some good stuff. We’re [heading] in the right direction.”
And that direction after the game was right down the stairs from the field at the Gypsum Sports Complex to the locker room at the high school to warm up on a frigid afternoon.
Seriously, the Devils had been competitive in two of their first three games, but squandered opportunities to capture an elusive win in contests against Aspen and Battle Mountain. Tuesday, Eagle Valley took no chances.
Boyd posted the only marker of the first period, and the Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Dustin Arguello and Anders Blomquist. Goals by Eagle Valley’s Daniel Vargas and Glenwood’s Cam Avery left the Devils with a 4-2 lead at intermission.
Eagle Valley finished emphatically, scoring six unanswered goals in the final 24 minutes to seal the deal. Kyle Newborn had a hat trick, while
Vargas and Arguello racked up their second goals of the game. Otto Jordan also added a tally.
Goalie Bryce Stegall, playing in front of a stout defense, made the saves when needed in earning the victory.
Though the Demons are still winless, Glenwood coach Rick Stevens saw improvement from his squad.
“We only had a few penalties. We’re understanding the rules a little better, and we’re getting better,” Stevens said. “We’re still having an issue with ground balls and the fundamentals. When all that comes around, we’ll be better off. That’s the focus.”
The Demons host Aspen today at Stubler, while Eagle Valley (1-3) gears up for Round 2 against archrival Battle Mountain Friday in Edwards.
“No pep talks are needed,” Boddy said. “I’ve got guys who know they’ve got four straight on us. Those guys aren’t happy about it. They’re definitely going to get after it.”
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