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Summit High boys’ lax slams Eagle Valley on the road

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

After a long layoff due to spring break, the Summit High boys’ lacrosse team didn’t take too long to shake the rust off Tuesday at Eagle Valley High School.

The Tigers ” who hadn’t stepped foot on a grass field since their last game on April 7 ” scored early and often in a 16-3 rout of Eagle Valley.

“We were coming off spring break, so, all in all, it was a good game for us,” SHS head coach Michael O’Neill said. ” … They’re a new program, but we played pretty well.”

Mike Daniels, Shamus O’Neill and Dylan Horan led the Summit scoring barrage. Daniels scored a game-high five goals and added an assist, while O’Neill netted three goals and had three helpers. Horan scored four times and added an assist.

“Scoring 16 goals is good, but nine of them were assisted, and that’s the big thing,” the Tigers’ coach said. “We were doing a good job on offense.”

The Tiger offense gave Summit an early lead in the game. Summit scored four goals in the first quarter, and had a 9-2 halftime lead.

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The Tigers upped the score to 13-2 by the end of the third.

“We tried to not do so much in the fourth quarter,” O’Neill said. “We were playing well and could get some more players into the game.”

Sam Dudick and Rick Dreyer also scored goals for the Tigers, while Brandon Major scored twice.

The Tigers now finish off their regular season with a three-games-in-four-days stretch beginning on Friday.

“We only have a couple practices then the season wraps up pretty fast,” O’Neill said.

With little time to prepare for each team, O’Neill said that his team will just keep it quick and simple during practice today and Thursday, especially when the Tigers still can’t get outside in their own field due to snow.

“We try to make it pretty quick, just keep everyone moving and touching the ball,” the coach said. “You don’t want to overdo anything when you’re practicing inside.”

Though it’s unlikely the Tigers will end up making the playoffs, as only one team from the Mountain League qualifies for the postseason, they can still finish up the season with a double-digit win total.

Summit (9-3) takes on Grand Junction High School in Evergreen. The game is slated to start at 4 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.