The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse season came to a close last week in Denver with a pair of heartbreaking losses.
The Sailors fell to Wheat Ridge High School in the first game 10-5. Steamboat's Amanda Leftwich scored two goals while Rachael Ryan netted three.
In the second game, the Sailors were tied with Green Mountain at seven goals apiece before the Rams scored to win the game 8-7. Lauren Weaver and Ryan led the Sailors in scoring.
"We played really well, so it was a hard way to lose," assistant coach Katie Howell said.
The losses dropped the Sailors to 2-7 for the season. Steamboat failed to win a game in league this season.
"We had a good team," Howell said. "We were just young this season."
She also said most of the schools Steamboat faces in the course of the season are much larger because the state is only divided into three divisions. Steamboat plays in the Foothills League along with Golden, Wheat Ridge, Green Mountain, Ralston Valley, Rampart and Columbine. Golden and Columbine were the only schools to advance to the state playoffs this season.
Howell is hoping Steamboat can build a stronger program by sparking interest at the middle school level. Next week, Howell and coach Sarah James will offer an after-school clinic for middle school students.
Players who are interested should call Howell by Monday at 875-1243 so that she can have the proper equipment available. The cost of the clinic is $25 and it will take place Tuesday and Wednesday.
Steamboat will lose five seniors this season: Ryan, Leftwich, Carlie Adamo, Lauren Weaver and Deirdre Kiely.