Girls lose focus

Coach hopes practice gets team back on track

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— Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse coach Jenn Kirkpatrick is looking for her team's play to translate from the practice field to the game field.

After having what Kirkpatrick called a fabulous week of practice where the intensity was high, Steamboat played sluggish for the second consecutive game, falling, 17-2, to Dakota Ridge on Saturday.

"I think the girls are frustrated because what we work on all week in practice didn't click on the field," Kirkpatrick said. "I think we definitely didn't play to our ability."

Steamboat was scheduled to play a second game against Overland Saturday, but the game was canceled due to inclement weather.

The weather wasn't much better for the first game. Playing in rain and slush, the Sailors could never get on track.

Besides two goals from freshmen Hannah Poland, the Sailors could mount little offense. It didn't help Steamboat was without top scorer Maria Heilner, who was out with a sinus infection.

"Nobody really had any momentum," Heilner said. "I was hoping that wouldn't happen. I don't think anyone got enough rest either."

Kirkpatrick said she knows her team can play better from what she's seen in practice and previous games. Right now, she said, the Sailors are in a little rut.

"We just need to figure out how to come out of it," she said.

A good thing for the team this week, Kirkpatrick said, is the Sailors will have six full days of practice before their next game.

The Sailors don't play again until April 2 at Boulder.

Kirkpatrick said this week's practice will be high in intensity and focus on fundamentals of the game.

"I'm looking forward to a better week of practice ahead," Kirkpatrick said. "We have six days of practice, and I'm expecting a good week. I know the girls all didn't feel good about the weekend either. I'm excited and energetic about coming up with some wins."

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