Sailors lax ladies among Colorado's best

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The best girls lacrosse players in the state will meet at the University of Denver this month to take part in the all-state game.

Sailors Emily Howard and Natalie MacFarland will be among the elite players in that game

representing the Foothills Division.

"It's been a fun year," Howard said. "I can't think of a better way to end it."

This is the first time for both Steamboat players, and will be their only chance to play in an all-state game. Both are seniors and will

graduate this spring.

"I wasn't expecting it," MacFarland said. "Sure, it definitely topped the season and made for a good senior year."

MacFarland led the Sailors' attack this season with 17 goals. She may have scored more, but missed two games.

Howard was on the other side of the field anchoring the Sailors' defensive effort. She was one of the team's point leaders, and her leadership skills will be hard to replace, according to Sailors coach Leslie MacCargar.

"They were both captains," MacCargar said. "They both had great years and definitely deserve the honor."

The two players are the first from Steamboat to be named to the all-state team since MacCargar took the helm two years ago.

MacCargar added that the players being named to the team was the result of the squad's continuing improvement.

The all-state game will be May 24 at the University of Denver. There are four divisions across the state, and 12 players from each division will be represented at the game. Those 48 players will be divided into two 24-girl teams that will play one another in the honorary game.

"It was a big deal for me," MacFarland said. "I made all-conference in volleyball and I know that I was jealous of the girls that made all-state. So I'm happy that I made it in lacrosse."

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

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