Four Sailors lacrosse players All-League

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The progress made within the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse program was most visible in its final game of the season.

Steamboat defeated Telluride, 18-1, finding itself on the winning end of a game it likely would have lost during its first season three years ago.

"We played very well," Sailors coach Bob Hiester said. "Telluride is kind of where we were two or three years ago, a fledgling program."

This season, the Sailors finished 4-9 overall and seventh in the Foothills League. Steamboat, a relatively young program, squared-off against established programs in Golden, Fort Collins and Littleton.

"We saw ourselves against really good teams to see how far we've come," Hiester said. "The top-three finishers in our league all went at least to the quarterfinals (in the playoffs)."

On Monday, the Sailors brought their season to an end with their annual awards banquet. Senior Danny Carlson was named Steamboat's MVP and was selected to play in the Toll-Froelichor All-State Game. Carlson was a second team All-League selection after finishing with 28 goals and 12 assists, both team highs, this season.

Neal Ficker, Andy Flax and Jake Flax were named honorable mention All-League, and Carlson and Flax were voted team captains.

Leo Chea was given the Most Improved Player award, and AJ Carmack was named the team's Most Inspirational Player.

The increased interest in boys lacrosse prompted the Sailors to create a junior varsity and freshman team. Neither group won a game this year.

"The telling part was instead of losing 14-2 like they did at the beginning of the season," Hiester said, "they lost to Gateway, 6-2, and Wheat Ridge, 5-2. Same with the freshmen. Their last tournament, they lost by close scores."

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