Steamboat boys lacrosse ends season with loss

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— The Steamboat Springs lacrosse team had to deal with some bad timing.

First, much of the team - five key players, including the entire starting close defense - made early spring break plans before its April 7 game against Wheat Ridge was rescheduled for Thursday.

Then during the game, the Sailors gave up too many big plays at the wrong times.

The resulting 13-6 loss to Wheat Ridge (8-2 and currently ranked No. 18), puts an end to Steamboat's varsity season.

The "missing bodies" kept Bob Hiester from running three lines at the midfield. Despite the absences, the Sailors hung with the Farmers, with the game tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Unfortunately, Hiester said, Steamboat's offense went a little "sluggish" in the second quarter while the Wheat Ridge offense came alive behind some sharp shooting from its midfielders. Wheat Ridge jumped ahead, 6-2, at the half.

Steamboat had a more productive third quarter, matching Wheat Ridge's three goals. Hiester said Steamboat struggled on faceoffs, but started winning ground balls once long-stick midfielder Nigel Hammond started taking the Steamboat draws.

"Nigel really negated (the Wheat Ridge faceoff midfielder), and we had success from the wings, but we just had trouble keeping the ball in our sticks," Hiester said.

Wheat Ridge dominated the final frame, outscoring Steamboat, 4-1, to secure the win.

"The kids played hard, but it's tough missing so many players and giving up the big plays," Hiester said. "But it was a good experience for a lot of the guys."

Kevin Bertrand scored two goals for Steamboat. Gus Worden, Sean Forney, Jasper Gantick and Kevin Stokes each had one goal.

Steamboat goalkeeper Scot Forney had seven saves on the day and Worden, Alex Palaniuk and Tyler Ostrom each had an assist.

Steamboat (4-8) returns after the break to play a final road game at 7 p.m. May 4 against the Regis varsity B squad.

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