Steamboat lacrosse team loses close ones

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— Consistency has been a consistent problem for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team.

The Sailors dropped two games during the weekend, losing both by one goal.

"One bad quarter has been our downfall," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "Then we have to try and fight out of the hole. It's usually early -- the second quarter. I think we make some decent adjustments at the half, and then we come out and play consistently."

Green Mountain -- a Lake--wood school -- defeated Steamboat, 7-6, on Friday. Evergreen defeated Steamboat, 6-5, in overtime Saturday.

"Against Green Mountain, we were up 2-1 at one point," Hiester said. "Then we fell behind by three and then battled back to one goal."

Scoring for the Sailors (4-8 overall record) were Jake Flax, Leo Chea, Kevin Bertrand, Justin Howard and Grant Ehrick.

Against Evergreen, Neal Fic--ker scored two goals. Bertrand, Ehrick and Flax also scored.

Flax, Howard and Ficker also recorded assists during the weekend.

Steamboat plays a deep and talented Golden squad at 4 p.m. today in Golden. Steamboat returns to the Front Range for a 4 p.m. game Thursday against Wheat Ridge. The game was supposed to be played in Steamboat, but area fields are not ready for lacrosse games.

Hiester said the Sailors are trying to schedule another game after spring break, which is from Monday to April 28.

If they are unable to do that, Steamboat's season will end Thursday. The Sailors won't make the playoffs.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley, call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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