Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team spent last week resting up and preparing for the start of the state playoffs.
The team knows it will open the playoffs this week against the No.1 team out of the Metro League, either Denver East High School or Arapahoe, but head coach Chris Polumbus didn't know the exact details just yet.
"The top two teams in that league play (tonight) and we will play the winner of that game," Polumbus said. "Hopefully, we can play by Thursday or Friday. I would like to get it in before the weekend because we have prom on Saturday."
Polumbus, however, said that her team has already stepped into a playoff mode and will be ready to go no matter whom they face this week in the first round.
Unlike other sports, there is only one state title in girls lacrosse. The state is divided into four different divisions based mainly on geography. The school's size matters very little in this state-playoff picture.
To win a state title, Steamboat will have to upset some of the biggest schools in the state and also some long-running lacrosse traditions. There are only 16 teams left in the state. That number will be cut to eight by May 7.
Making it to the next round is a task Polumbus knows will be difficult, but not impossible.
The Sailors wrapped up the regular season by upsetting one of the state's title favorites, Kent Denver in an 8-4 match here in Steamboat April 21.
"Sure it was a pretty big confidence-builder," Polumbus said. "We just have to remember that any team can beat any other team on any given day. We just have to be up for it."
Chances are Steamboat will learn whom they face and when sometime Tuesday morning after the results of the East-Arapahoe match are known and the two schools have worked out the scheduling issues.