Girls lacrosse plans rebound

Team falls to St. Mary's Academy, plays two away games today

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— Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick wasn't upset that her team lost, it was how it lost that bothered her.

After playing a solid couple of games last weekend - including a 17-9 win against Rangeview - the Sailors played lethargic Friday, falling 17-0 to Saint Mary's Academy in Englewood.

"We really just lacked energy," Kirkpatrick said. "We were on the defensive the whole game. We were never the first to ground balls, and we didn't catch real well."

While Kirkpatrick admitted the Wildcats are a very good team - they're ranked No. 20 in the state by www.laxpower.com - she said the score should have been much closer.

"If you lose, you want to lose feeling like you tried to win," Kirkpatrick said. "I think the girls know that they could have tried harder today."

Kirkpatrick con-

tributed part of the loss to the long bus ride, but she said the game served as a reminder that Steamboat has to be ready to play whether at home or on the road.

"We need to generate more energy for (today)," Kirkpatrick said. "We'll have a different pre-game routine because (Friday) we didn't play the way we could play."

Maybe the best thing to happen to the Sailors will be two games today, Kirkpatrick said. Steamboat plays Dakota Ridge at 10 a.m. then Overland at 2 p.m. Both games are away.

Kirkpatrick said both teams are similar to Rangeview and Steamboat should have a good chance of winning. She also said the girls know they have to take a different approach to today's games.

"It will be very similar to the games we played last weekend," she said. "They are definitely beatable if we come to win. We'll be ready to go out hard."

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