Lacrosse players face tough opponents

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team was dealt two more losses in games against Colorado Academy on April 5 and Kent Denver on Wednesday.

After easily defeating the Pueblo West Club team in March, the Sailors were pitted against one of the state's top teams, Colorado Academy. The Mustangs defeated the Sailors, 15-2.

But the game was not all bad for the Sailors. Steamboat's defense shut out Colorado Aca--demy during the second half.

"We were slow to start off, but as soon as we got our heads in the game, we played well," senior Michelle Burns said.

Senior Erin Bomberg and junior Maria Heilner paced the Sailors with one goal each.

Steamboat then played top-ranked Kent Denver. Kent is 9-0 on the season and is favored to win the state championship.

The Sun Devils average more than 16 goals a game and have held their opponents to slightly more than four goals a game.

The Sailors came out with heart, and although they lost, 19-0, the Kent team complimented Steamboat after the game.

"Our defense was great," Steamboat coach Jenn Brenne--man.

The Sailors' defense has been a strong point all season, and the girls are being recognized for it. Junior goaltender Courtney Adamo is the school's athlete of the week.

Steamboat finally can practice on outdoor fields, a luxury that is exciting for the players. "Playing in the gym is so much different than playing on a field," Burns said about the newly acquired grass time. "It gives you experience."

The team plans to use that experience as they head into a rough schedule to finish off the season.

Steamboat faces Lewis Palmer and Pine Creek today in Monu--ment. "We can definitely beat those teams," Brenneman said.

Steamboat will play seven games in nine days before the spring break begins.

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