Steamboat Springs Boulder lacrosse coach Maddie Russell said this Saturday's game with the Sailors will be special for her team.
"It's a big deal. We get to play on the football field which is a special treat for us," Russell said. "Our girls are pumped to play this game."
The two teams will clash on Saturday at 2 p.m. The game will be the second of the day for the Sailors, who will open against Grandview at noon in a non-league contest. The 2 p.m. game with Boulder will count in the standings.
"It's tough because I don't want our team to overlook Grandview," Sailors coach Chris Polumbus said. "We want to use Grandview as a learning experience. On the other hand, we want nothing more than to pick up a league win against Boulder."
Last year the two teams played to a 7-7 tie in the snow here in Steamboat. Russell said she still remembers just how cold the game was.
"It snowed the whole time and all the fans were huddled under that one overhang in their stadium," Russell said.
But despite the bad weather, Russell said the game was a positive one for both teams.
This year the tables will be turned, however. Boulder will be looking to improve on its 3-1 record by knocking off the Sailors in front of a hometown crowd. Steamboat will be hoping to move to 2-0 after picking up an inspirational win over Dakota Ridge last Saturday.
Boulder will be led by nine senior players including the team's leading scorer Katie London. London had six goals in the team's 15-10 loss to George Washington on Wednesday. Russell said her top player averages four or five goals a game.
Other top Panthers will include attack player Bryanna King and a couple of younger players, Anne Domko and Lane Harlow.
Polumbus said she will be working on several different things this week in an effort to keep her team fresh for both games.