The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team didn't pick up a win at the Border Wars in Grand Junction on March 25 through 27, but all was not lost in the trip south.
"It was a good experience for us," Sailors coach Bob Hiester said. "We tripled our field time in one weekend, which was huge for us."
Steamboat scrimmaged several schools from Colorado and played three schools from Utah, a state with traditionally tough lacrosse teams.
Steamboat opened the three-day Border Wars against Brigham, Utah, and fell 18-5. Danny Carlson and Harry Packer each scored two goals for the Sailors. Justin Howard added a goal, as well. Packer, Gundy Schrock and Jake Flax all had assists in the loss.
In addition to the on-field exposure, another highlight for Steamboat came in a relatively close game against Brighton, Utah. The Sailors lost 8-3, but Hiester said the spirit on the sidelines and on the field was indicative of a close contest.
"We were fired up in there," Hiester said.
Carlson scored two goals and added an assist, while teammate Travis Mouffe scored a goal, and Henry Howard had one assist.
Steamboat closed out the annual Border Wars tournament with a 12-2 loss to Juan Diego, Utah, on Saturday.
After struggling in the first half, the Sailors outscored Juan Diego, 2-1, in the second half.
Schrock and Henry Howard scored goals for Steamboat.
"Right now, we aren't getting the ball out of our defensive end enough and don't have the scoring opportunities," Hiester said. "But the kids are working hard every week, and we're getting some good shots. We've come up against some good goalies."