Boys lacrosse beats Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs to advance to State semifinals

The Boys Lacrosse team advanced to the state semi-finals for the third straight year with big first round and second round victories this past week. On Wednesday night, the boys hosted the Huskies from Battle Mountain. Enduring the elements of wind, rain, sleet and a few snowflakes the boys scored ten unanswered goals after a 3 to 3 first quarter tie, to win 13-3. On a beautiful summer like evening on Friday night, the Sailors from Steamboat Springs arrived at Valor Stadium only to find the Eagles eager to jump out to an early 5 – 1 first quarter lead. The Eagles never looked back, winning 16 – 6 and advancing to the state semi-finals on Wednesday night at 4:30 PM against rival Cheyenne Mountain. Come help cheer on the Eagles in the Valor Stadium as they look to advance to the State Championship.

On a cold rainy windy night at Valor Stadium, the Eagles defense was very strong, lead by goalie Jack Liselli with 10 saves and Easton Cecil with nine ground balls. Eric Pacheco continues to dominate at the faceoff X, winning 16 of 20 faceoffs for a winning percentage of .800. Eric also added a team leading 11 ground balls. This dominance on grounds balls helped spark the offense to ten unanswered goals after a 3 – 3 first quarter. Scoring for the Eagles were Lance Tillman (3 goals), Gianni Orlando (3 goals), Grayson Goodyear (3 goals), Austin Saupe (2 goals), and Sean Traynor (2 goals).

On a glorious sunny Friday night at Valor Stadium, the always strong Sailors from Steamboat Springs arrived to find the Eagles ready to bounce to an early lead. The Eagles jumped out to  a 5 – 1 first quarter lead and never looked back. The offense was a balanced attack with nine different players getting goals and/or assists – Sean Traynor (4 goals, 1 assist), Grayson Goodyear (2 goals, 3 assists), Lance Tillman (5 goals), Eric Pacheco (2 goals), Joe Anderson (1 goal), Austin Saupe (1 goal), Montana McLaughlin (1 goal), Easton Cecil (2 assists), and Ben Seidlin (1 assist). Junior defensemen Quinton Jones and senior LSM Cullen Schwartz lead the tough defense, helping to hold the Sailors to only 18 shots on goal, each recording two ground balls apiece. Eric Pacheco was strong on faceoffs as well, with a .783% win percentage.