The Summit Tigers lacrosse team clawed its way back to .500 this week with a big 8-6 home win over Eagle Valley. The win keeps a glimmer of playoff hopes alive with three games to go.
“I thought it was good,” Tigers head coach Karl Barth said after the game. “We were a little rusty coming off the break.”
Team captain Jordan Nelson agreed with his coach’s take. “We started out a little flat but we got our act together and picked it up.”
After going down 1-0 in the first quarter, the Tigers came roaring back, scoring five goals in the second and putting the score at 5-3 going into halftime.
Up 8-4 at the end of the third, the Tigers like looked like they had the game closed out, but Eagle Valley was able to turn up the pressure late in the game. Two quick goals in the closing minutes had the Tigers on their heels, but they were able to hold off the potential comeback.
“I was a little nervous,” Nelson said, describing his emotions in the fourth. “We figured it out and got it done.”
Barth said it showed the team’s effort in practice is starting to pay off. “We worked on closing out a game, and we did it.”
The Tigers will look to carry that momentum into their final three regular-season games this week.
“We have a few tough teams ahead. Nothing we can’t take on,” Nelson said. “If we have games like today, we’ll have a good rest of the season.”
With the win, the team moved to 6-6 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.
The Tigers will host 11-2 Battle Mountain Monday, April 28, and league-leading 12-1 Steamboat Springs Thursday, in critical in-conference games. Summit will close the regular season Friday, May 2, with a game at Thompson Valley High School.
Baseball: The Tigers baseball team also came off of a big week with three straight wins, raising its record to 4-8 on the season. The team started the week with a convincing 7-2 win over Battle Mountain. Following the game the team traveled to Jefferson High School for a double header Friday — rescheduled from earlier in the season. The Tigers stomped Jefferson, holding them scoreless in both games, 24-0 and 17-0. The team will travel to Alameda High School Monday, April 28, then play at Glenwood Saturday, May 3. The Tigers final game is Tuesday, May 6, at Eagle Valley.
Girls Lacrosse: The girls lacrosse team split games this week with a 14-2 win at Eagle Valley Wednesday, April 23, and a hard-fought 12-11 loss at home to Durango Friday. The Tigers moved to 4-7 on the season. The team will travel to Aspen Tuesday, April 29, then close the season with home games against Grand Junction Friday and Fruita Monument Saturday.
Girls Soccer: The girls soccer team also went 1-1 on the week in two home games. The Tigers fell to Buena Vista 2-1 Tuesday, April 22, but followed up the loss with a 3-1 win over Clear Creek.
“It’s been a tough season for us,” head coach Tommy Gogolen said Sunday. “We lost a lot of close games.”
The team will close the season this week with two league crossover tournament games. Summit starts play at Delta Tuesday, followed by a matchup based on that game’s outcome Thursday, May 1.
Track and Field: The Summit track team had the week off. The Tigers will close the regular season this week with two meets. The team will travel to Battle Mountain for an Invitational on Tuesday, April 29, then finish with the Joe Shields Invitational, Saturday, May 3, at West Grand High School.