Sailors struggle on road

Two-game home stand looms

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— The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team lost its first game of the season last weekend, but by Monday, head coach Chris Polumbus had put the game in perspective.

"Our girls played pretty well," Polumbus said. "Boulder just outplayed us on that day."

The 13-5 loss to the Boulder team came Saturday as the Sailors played two straight contests.

First, the Sailors lost to Grandview in a thrilling 6-4 contest. Steamboat came out a few hours later and faced Boulder in the second game of the day.

"We just were not shooting that well against Grandview," Polumbus said. "It really cost us in the game . We should have won that one."

Lauren Baumann scored twice in the game. Shelly Dunlop and Sharon Norman also scored.

Polumbus said Steamboat goalkeeper Carlie Adamo kept the Sailors in the contest with 11 saves. She was aided by several key plays by the Steamboat defense.

Boulder, the top team in the league with a 2-0 record (5-1 overall), came out fast against Steamboat by netting seven goals in the first half.

Steamboat didn't answer until the second when Tracy Norman scored.

Baumann would finish the day with three goals. Heather May added another.

"Our girls tried to make a comeback, but it just never got going," Polumbus said. "It was a very physical game and I don't think we were prepared for that."

Polumbus said the team was also hampered by several missing players, sidelined because of injuries and illness.

The Sailors were without key defensive player Mehana Campbell and senior midfielder Bryn Weaver.

Polumbus expects both players to be back for this weekend's home stand against Golden and Columbine.

Those games will be played on the high school football field starting at 10 a.m. with the Golden game. Steamboat will face Columbine at 2 p.m.

Polumbus said the games will be key if the Sailors want to advance to the state playoffs. She said the team likely needs at least one more victory to make the qualifying cut.

The Sailors will wrap up the season on April 4 with a league contest against Wheat Ridge (11 a.m.) and a non-league finale with Kent Denver (2 p.m.).

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