Lightning send message in varsity debut
The Grand Valley girls lacrosse team is far from a finished product.
Even though the players are continuing to learn about the game, it doesn’t mean the Lightning can’t be successful.
The Lightning hosted a four-team jamboree Saturday at Canyon View Park and sent a message to the other teams, winning all three of its games in the team’s first high school varsity event.
The Lightnings’ first season was as a club team last year.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” Grand Valley coach Robin Stevens said. “They are doing fabulous and this is a great boost of confidence.”
Grand Valley (3-0) opened the day with a 11-1 win over Durango, followed by a 12-2 victory over Battle Mountain. The final game of the day against Eagle Valley was the Lightning’s toughest, but Grand Valley came out on top 8-5.
Amy Flukey, who plays first home (a player whose major responsibility is to score), had seven goals on the day and showcased an aggressive, attacking style of play.
This is Flukey’s second year of playing lacrosse and if Saturday is any indication of progress from last season, things are looking good.
“Our first couple of games last year we didn’t even know what to do,” Flukey said. “The refs had to stop us every couple of minutes to tell us everything we were doing wrong, but now it is unbelievable. We have it together and we are doing our thing.”
Right attack wing Bri True had a good game against Durango with five goals. True added two more against Battle Mountain. Against Eagle Valley, both Flukey and True were held scoreless but Katie Hiel and Allyson Fox picked up the slack, scoring two goals apiece against the Devils.
“We had more than one player score and that is good to build their confidence,” Stevens said.
“We have been working with the girls on when they have the ball, not running all over, but to slow it down and allow time for things to set up.”
Goalkeeper Stephanie Long withstood a combined 45 shots, 29 of those coming against Eagle Valley, and allowed only eight goals on the day.
“I knew the first couple of games would be slow, but Eagle Valley is good, so I knew they would be tough,” Long said. “My defense really helped me out.”
The defense was led by third man Marie LeFebre, point Rachel Romero and coverpoint Pam Stevens, all of whom kept opposing defenders from gaining open lanes to attack Long.
“(Defensively) we really wanted to play well,” Long said. “We came out fired up.”
The Lightning hopes to carry the momentum from the three wins to its first road trip,
March 20 and 21 to Durango.
“We worked well as a team all day,” Stevens said. “They worked hard and this is a great start.”