Boys mark a first

Sailors lacrosse clinches first league win

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The Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team picked up the program's first league win Saturday in Evergreen.

The Sailors defeated the Cougars, 7-4, to notch a win in the Foothills League. This is the first season that Steamboat, in its fourth year of boys lacrosse, has been a member of a Colorado league.

"It was the most complete lacrosse game we have ever played," Sailors coach Bob Hiester said. "We were basically up the whole game."

Goalkeeper Yoshi Yonekawa made 12 saves to lead the Sailors' defense, and the offense pieced together seven goals.

Steamboat opened the season with an 18-3 loss to Monarch on Friday, and after that game, Hiester said the coaches and players had a lengthy conversation about adjustments and improvements needed from game to game.

Many of the Sailors had a chance to scrimmage Fairfield and do a mini-camp in Grand Junction to start the season. Steamboat still will be forced to transition from a gym floor to a much larger, grass playing surface each time it plays until the fields are dry enough in the Yampa Valley.

On Friday, against a quality league opponent in Monarch, Steamboat struggled. On Sat--urday, the Sailors bounced back in impressive fashion.

Danny Carlson had three goals and three assists in the win against Evergreen. Justin Howard had two goals and an assist. Jake Flax had a goal and an assist, as did Andy Flax. Neal Ficker recorded two assists. In all, the Sailors had 27 shots on goal. The Cougars had 24 shots on goal.

In the loss to Monarch, Carlson had all three goals. Howard had one assist.

Steamboat (1-1 overall, 1-1 in league play) returns to action against Santa Fe Prep on Friday at Fountain Valley High School in Colorado Springs. Steamboat will play host to Fountain Valley on Saturday. Times are yet to be set.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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