There's no place like home

Girls topple Dakota Ridge

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The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team played its first home game ever on Saturday -- and also picked up its first win of the season.

"It was really exciting," Steamboat's Lauren Baumann said. "We were all really pumped to finally get the chance to play at home."

And the Sailors couldn't have asked for much more in their home debut. The local team knocked off Dakota Ridge in an emotional 11-2 early-afternoon game. The local squad then came back just a few hours later and played to a 7-7 tie with top-ranked Boulder in the Sailors' second home game ever.

"We were so together in the game," Baumann said.

In fact, the home games may have motivated the entire team to work a little harder in practice this week -- which was a huge help in the two games. Baumann led the Steamboat team in the first game with six goals. Casey Wheeler added three; Katie Darst netted one as did Tracy Norman.

Baumann, Darst and Norman all had assists in the contest.

Steamboat's Carlie Adams protected the goal, turning away all but two of the Dakota Ridge shots and finishing the game with an 81 percent save percentage. Mehana Campbell, Heather May and Emily Howard provided solid defensive play in front of the net, helping the Sailors gain the advantage.

Wheeler had five goals in the second game against Boulder. Baumann and Norman both added scores in the contest. Baumann and Wheeler also had assists.

Steamboat's Deirdra Kiely recorded a 66 percent save average against the offensively potent Boulder team.

The games on Gardner Field were the first-ever played in Steamboat Springs. The conditions for both contests weren't ideal as players had to battle a spring snowstorm. But the wins went a long way toward helping the local players warm up.

"These games should really boost our confidence down the stretch," Baumann said.

The Sailors are scheduled to face Overland this week at Overland. Baumann said she didn't know much about the Denver-area team, but said theSailors are preparing for them like they are one of the best in the state.

The Sailors are now 1-1-4 for the season. The first round of the state playoffs is scheduled to begin May 8.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net

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