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Steamboat girls lacrosse brings home first season win

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It didn't take long for the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team to figure out its field sense. After a disappointing loss Friday to Pine Creek, Steamboat answered with its first win of the season Saturday at Colorado Springs' Garry Berry Stadium.

Steamboat coach Jenn Kirkpatrick said the team's first game provided the much-needed opportunity for her girls to grasp their positions after a singular outdoor practice.

In the Saturday game, Steam-boat beat Pueblo West, 6-3.

"Everything clicked," Kirk-patrick said of the win. "It was awesome - we had great passing on defense, we were doubling at midfield and able to work some transition."

Courtney Adamo had a stellar goaltending performance, stopping 23 shots. Maria Heilner led the Sailors with four goals. Hanna Poland and Rachel Ivancie also scored for Steamboat.

Thirty minutes after the win, the Sailors had to turn around and play another game against Palmer. In the afternoon game, the Sailors ran out of gas. Palmer won, 12-0.

"The girls played really hard, but they didn't have enough time to recuperate," Kirkpatrick said.

Kirkpatrick noted the play of Adamo as well as Kelsey Pal, who she said came up with every draw at the midfield, only to have her team struggle to pick up ground balls and connect passes.

"We're going to be working on fundamentals all week," Kirkpatrick said, looking ahead to three outdoor practices before taking the field Saturday for the team's home round robin tournament with Lewis-Palmer and Rangeview. Steamboat game times are at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

"The teams this weekend are comparable to these - we're certainly capable of winning them," Kirkpatrick said.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253 or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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