Summit boys’ lax shuts out Eagle Valley
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FARMER’S KORNER – After a lackluster performance on offense in their previous game, the Tigers came out firing Thursday at home.
The Summit High boys’ lacrosse team dominated Eagle Valley, scoring 13 goals and allowing only one shot on goal.
And then, they took a break for halftime.
“I guess, it was clicking,” SHS head coach Michael O’Neill said.
In the end, Summit came away from the Mountain League contest with a 16-0 win over an undermanned opponent. Eagle Valley was missing 13 varsity players due to injury or eligibility problems.
The Tigers didn’t seem to have any problems.
Senior Sam Dudick led the Tigers on offense with three goals and an assist. Fellow attackman Dylan Horan had three goals of his own, and senior midfielder Shamus O’Neill had two goals and an assist, despite not playing after the first quarter.
Really, in the first 12 minutes of the game, the Tigers scored more goals (nine) than most teams put up in an entire game.
This was a far cry from Summit’s anticipated matchup with rival Steamboat Springs last Saturday. The Tigers scored just three goals, taking the loss despite giving up only six goals on defense.
“Nobody could get anything going, and the ball just wasn’t going in for us,” Dudick said. ” … It was just one of those days.”
Horan netted a goal just 1:07 into the game, and the Tigers never looked back.
Horan, Dudick and O’Neill each scored twice in the first, and seniors Rick Dreyer and Michael Daniels and sophomore Billy Grosshuesch each scored once.
Freshman George Gruber, junior Dylan Junkermier, Dudick and Horan each scored in the second.
After halftime, the Tigers concentrated on getting young players into the game.
Still, Summit never let in a goal, completing a rare shutout in a high-scoring sport.
“I don’t remember seeing a shutout before,” said coach O’Neill, who’s played the game since he was a kid.
Senior Brady Sandsmark and freshman Garrett Towsey combined for the win between the pipes.
The Tigers (7-2, 3-1) have a long break before their next game on April 22 at Battle Mountain.
With spring break starting Saturday, O’Neill said he’d give the Tigers a little bit of a break from competing.
“It can get stale just practicing for 10 straight days, so I’ll give them a couple days off in there,” the coach said.
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