Lightning overcome flu to top Battle Mtn.
The Grand Valley Lightning boys lacrosse team had a tougher matchup against the flu this week than it did Battle Mountain on Friday, defeating the Huskies 8-1 at Walker Field.
The Lightning (5-2) scored early and often, getting two goals and one assist from sophomore Luke Olson and one goal and one assist from junior Jeff Cunningham.
“We had 10 guys out (of practice) this week with the flu,” coach Dave Zabronsky said after the game. “Half the guys are sick, so we’ve had a different kind of practice this week. We didn’t have many expectations coming into the game and came out and played the best we could.”
The best the Lightning could play was more than enough, taking a six-goal lead at halftime, thanks to a four-goal outburst in the second quarter.
“(Battle Mountain) went into a zone defense and that kind of enabled us to move the ball around,” Zabronsky said. “We looked for the openings and there were a bunch of them.”
Zabronsky said the Huskies have one of the best goalies on the Western Slope, junior Spencer Currie, and had he not played a terrific game in net, the Lightning could have had a bigger win.
Currie had nine saves.
Lightning goalie Cody Von Felt had eight saves in his first start of the year to get the victory. Von Felt is the team’s third-string goalie and got the nod because the other two were sick or ineligible to play.
“He’s been practicing a little bit,” Zabronsky said. “I thought Cody Von Felt played a great, great game. It’s his first start in goal. I think he’s played a half here and a quarter there.”
The Lightning’s second goal of the game came on a quick passing attack set up by Cunningham, who fed Willie Stevens cutting toward the middle.
The defense drew to Stevens and he hit Olson with a touch pass on the left side. Olson released the ball immediately and the Lightning had a two-goal lead.
Junior Trevor Allen scored less than one minute into the second quarter when he took a pass from Cunningham.
Cunningham’s pass slipped between two Husky defenders to reach Allen, who ripped a goal from 10 feet away.
Battle Mountain got on the board in the fourth quarter on a gutsy play by Reeve Sanders.
Sanders had the ball along the left side, 20 feet in front of the net. He coasted toward the center and jumped to get an opening at the goal.
Sanders soared through the air and ripped a shot just before he was leveled by a Lightning defender. He was on the ground when the ball sailed into the back of the net, Von Felt’s only blemish of the game.
The Lightning play Eagle Valley at 11 this morning at Canyon View Park.