Sailors' girls lacrosse squad hitting the field

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— This Saturday, the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team will travel to Colorado Springs hoping for a win against Pine Creek and a little better weather than last week.

This will be the second straight week Steamboat has traveled to the Front Range to play. Last weekend Steamboat scrimmaged Smoky Hill in blizzard conditions.

"We had a good practice last week in Denver before the game, but it was hard to tell where we were at in the game," Steamboat coach Chris Polumbus said. "It was snowy and cold and I don't think it was a good indication of what this team has to offer."

Still, she said she thinks the Sailors will be competitive in two games scheduled for this weekend. The first will be against Pine Creek Saturday at 10 a.m. The team will also travel to face Liberty later that afternoon at 2 p.m.

"We played both of these teams last year, and both games were very competitive," Polumbus said.

Pine Creek coach Roger Wallace agrees that in the past, his team and the Sailors have matched up very well. Last year Pine Creek won the game by just a few goals, but since then, the team has lost eight senior players.

This year Wallace is stressing a team approach to every game and to make sure there are no stars, he has assigned six captains to the 28 (varsity and junior varsity) player squad. In lacrosse, only 12 players are on the field at one time.

Players taking leadership roles with Pine Creek will be sophomore Alycia Schwartz, junior Cathi Wiechman, junior Lauren Kiemele, sophomore Britteny Gricius, junior Taylre Derby and junior Lauren Eisenheim.

Pine Creek is a school of 1,091 students in the Colorado Springs area that was established about three years ago.

Steamboat will also play Liberty Saturday afternoon. Liberty is also a Colorado Springs school with just more than 1,000 students.

Both teams are in the Foothills League along with Steamboat. Other teams include Columbine, Dakota Ridge, Golden and Boulder. Girls lacrosse is not divided into classes like other high school sports. So a 4A team such as Steamboat may be in the same division as a 5A school such as Columbine.

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