Being on the losing end of a blowout is never fun, but sometimes it's necessary.
At least, that's the approach Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester was taking from Wednesday's 21-1 loss to Golden.
It was the Sailors' first home game of the season, and they celebrated by welcoming the Demons, who have upended several of the state's top ranked teams this season.
"They've got a chance
to win state," Hiester said. "It was good for us to see that level."
Steamboat couldn't match the athleticism or the stick skills of visiting Golden, but the Sailors also haven't had a program nearly as long as the Demons.
Hiester, who used to coach in the Front Range, remembers when Golden began playing lacrosse. Now he is on the opposite end of the building process.
On Wednesday, he said it was difficult to improve athleticism, but his players will continue to improve their stick skills.
Golden, who has several high-level college prospects on its team, wasted little time pulling away from Steamboat, scoring 12 goals by the end of the first quarter. The Demons had 19 goals by halftime.
Steamboat's lone goal came from the stick of senior Danny Carlson, who wound up from about 20 yards out and zipped a shot into the net early in the third quarter.
Josh Secora and Will Cantwell led Golden, combining for eight goals and five assists before exiting in the first half.
Last weekend, Steamboat dropped a 17-6 game to Alexander Dawson and lost to Green Mountain, 15-6.
Up next on the schedule is a make-up game against Englewood on April 27 in Steamboat.
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