Staying cool, Huskies blank Glenwood in lacrosse opener
EDWARDS, Colorado – Friday’s Battle Mountain-Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse game was more notable for what Huskies junior Chris Libertini didn’t do than for what he did do.
With the Huskies leading 7-0 in the second quarter and on their way to an easy 15-0 victory, tempers flared and Glenwood’s Drew Halsch went after Libertini, the former popping the latter twice.
Libertini is competitive guy, which is a nice way of saying he tends to retaliate in situations like these. In fact, he got tossed from the first game between these squads last season for just such a moment. Instead, on Friday, Libertini took the hits and watched Halsch get the gate as Battle Mountain cruised to a season-opening victory in Edwards.
“That’s probably the most proud I’ve ever been of Chris Libertini,” Huskies coach Kevin O’Brien said. “That was the thing we were most successful in today – walking away from that situation. We have some history with that team. Last year, there was an incident just like that, and the benches cleared. Last year, there were a few times where he let his temper get the best of him. I couldn’t be prouder of him and the team for just walking away.”
That was about the only time the Huskies were passive in the opener. Battle Mountain scored early and often. Reeve Sanders led the way with five goals. Timmy Liccardi ripped the twine four times. Christian Nichols had two goals and had four assists.
Jesse Greve, Libertini, Tommy Travers and Tyler Jones each added markers.
“It feels really good,” Huskies senior middie Matt Granzow said. “I think we could have played better. We’ve got some stuff to work on, but it’s always good to win the first one.”
O’Brien and his Huskies were in agreement during postgame that they need to work on their man-advantage play. In addition to the second-quarter affair, the Demons spent a considerable amount of time in the box.
“I’m slightly disappointed in the play of some of our leadership, and that’s going to get corrected,” Glenwood coach Rick Stevens said. “Otherwise, I think the guys played pretty well for the first time on a field, and we’re going to get better every game. But we can’t play the way we have with the cheap shots and the penalties and that stuff. We have to have an attitude change.”
Glenwood is at Aspen on Tuesday, while the Huskies head down to Gypsum today for an 11 a.m. tilt with Eagle Valley at Hot Stuff Stadium.
GYPSUM, Colorado – This is going to be better.
Eagle Valley boys lacrosse started 2011 in very competitive fashion, falling to Aspen, 10-7, Friday in Gypsum.
The Devils opened 2010 with a 20-2 loss to the Skiers.
“I think Aspen had a couple of years where they were up there and they graduated some guys,” Devils coach Ted Boddy said. “We’re still a very young team with a lot of talent and they’re just working they’re butts off.”
Boddy added that he was really pleased with how his team overcame a 3-0 deficit.
Otto Jordan and Kyle Newborn each scored twice, while Daniel Vargas, Anders Blomquist and Sam Boyd all scored for the Devils.
Battle Mountain’s in town today at 11 a.m.
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