Steamboat Springs It was late Monday afternoon, but the effects of the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team's thrilling overtime win last Saturday were still being felt.
The team had just finishing a long warm up run, however, it was easy to sense the a fresh level of excitement. The players muscles were still sore from the game, but they all had a spring in their step that comes from winning.
"It was amazing," senior defensive player Tracy Norman said of the win. "The whole team was so pumped."
This week the team beamed with a new-found confidence after recording the win, but Norman said the players walked away from the battle with something more important than the realization that they could win.
"Team unity. That's what we got from Saturday's win," the team's captain said. "We learned early that we can't win as individuals. We need to play together as a team if we want to be successful. That was the difference between the two halves on Saturday."
In fact, the Sailors had come out of the blocks a little slow on Saturday against Dakota Ridge. The Eagles had built a 6-3 lead after one half of play. But the tide started to turn in the second when Steamboat started to work more efficiently as a team.
"We were down a lot," Norman said. "But as we started to come back you could just feel the momentum starting to roll. It just kept going."
With just 1 minute, 34 seconds remaining Heather May capped the game by scoring the tying goal and sending a spark through the entire team.
The Steamboat players then held off the Eagles in the final minute and the game went into a two period overtime situation tied a 11 goals apiece.
"The defense did an awesome job all day," Norman said. " Our goalie did really well for her first game ever. But our defense knew we needed to pick it up a bit."
Polumbus also credited freshman goalkeeper Karissa Fisher with keeping her team in the game.