Summit boys lacrosse opens season with win at home
It may not have been as pretty as the team would have liked, but a win is a win. After last Friday’s season opener at Englewood was canceled due to weather, the Summit High boys lacrosse team opened their season Tuesday at home with a 7-5 victory over Eagle Valley.
“It was a good game. We definitely figured out what we need to work on,” senior defender Jesse Reller said after the game. “We struggled a lot but we pulled it together.”
Eagle Valley came out of the gates firing. The Devils scored their first goal in the games opening minutes.
“We were flat-footed,” Reller said of the Tigers’ slow start. “They came out and got one on us quick. We realized we needed to step our game up.”
Summit did just that scoring an equalizer late in the first quarter and winning the first half time of possession.
Eagle Valley went up again midway through the second quarter but the Tigers countered within a minute with a goal by Wil Laidlaw.
Summit took their first lead midway through the second quarter before the Devils’ counter in the first half’s closing minutes to tie the game at 3-3.
The Tigers started the third quarter, again winning time of possession.
With a 4-4 tie late in the third Summit’s Eddie Bouchard scored one of his two goals on the day to put the Tigers up for good.
“We came into our own in the fourth quarter,” Tiger head coach Mike Grinnell said after the game.
Another goal by Laidlaw and one by George Kasch put the game away.
The win was Grinnell’s first as head coach after taking over this season for Karl Barth.
“It feels good, 1-0 is never a bad thing,” Grinnell said, adding they still have a lot to work on. “We had to knock off a lot of rust.”
While the game was their first of the season it was Eagle Valley’s third. They came into the game 2-0.
Summit will close the week with an away game at Conifer High School Thursday and home against Grand Junction Friday.
“We have high hopes,” Reller said of the team’s seasons aspirations. “Starting with a win is a great thing.”
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