Lacrosse team nets first win

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The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team finally got into the win column during weekend play on the Front Range.

Coach Bob Hiester said the team played well in its two games. It lost to Monarch, 16-3, on March 24 and beat Colo-rado Springs School, 14-3, on Saturday.

The Sailors are 1-3 overall.

"The kids felt pretty good about the Monarch game," Hiester said. "We played them pretty tough. They kept their starters in the whole game."

In the loss March 24, Justin Howard scored all three goals for the Sailors. Assists were not kept.

"Justin has a very nice shot," Hiester said. "He can use that size to his advantage, but we need to diversify our scoring."

Steamboat's offense exploded against Colorado Springs School. Jake Flax led all scorers with seven goals.

"He was on fire," Hiester said.

Howard had three goals and one assist. Chris Rozell scored twice and had an assist. Kevin Bertrand scored one goal and had an assist. Bryce Peters also had an assist for the Sailors.

"We played a really good first half," Hiester said. "The third quarter we let up a bit. At halftime, I thought we got a little loose, but the kids got back in gear."

Steamboat is in Grand Junction this weekend for the Border Wars Tournament, which pits lacrosse teams from Colorado against teams from Utah. A full 16-team bracket is being used.

"This weekend is huge for us," Hiester said. "We will double our grass time."

Steamboat scrimmaged Bing-ham and Brighton, both Utah schools, on Thursday.

Play begins today with games against Smoky Hill and Juan Diego, a Utah school. On Satur-day, Steamboat plays Pleasant Grove, another Utah school.

"Our kids love this tournament," Hiester said. "(Tonight), Colorado College and BYU are playing under the lights. It's great."

All games, including the college game, are at Canyon View Park, a multi-use facility rarely used for lacrosse.

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