Sailors bounce back

Boys lacrosse responds to lapse for second win

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— Steamboat boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester didn't have a lot to be proud of during the Sailors' second and third quarters Thursday.

But he was pleased with how his team responded after being outscored, 2-0.

"We just didn't do much, and we needed the momentum back," Hiester said. "The key here was how we regrouped."

Steamboat (2-4) beat Denver South (0-5) by a score of 10-2 to open its three-day, four-game run at the eighth annual Border War Lacrosse Tournament in Grand Junction.

Coming off a week of strong practices, Steamboat ran up an early 5-0 lead, gave up two goals during the mid-game lapse and then came back for another 5-0 run in the fourth quarter.

"Kevin (Bertrand) did the damage for us on offense," Hiester said of the junior attackman, who finished with four goals and two assists. The midfield tandem of Gus Worden and Sean Forney added two goals apiece, and Chase Grippa and freshman Jack Spady each put a point on the board as well.

Hiester said the defensemen played solid, well-positioned defense, and goalkeeper Scot Forney made 13 saves.

After a game in which his team put together some of its best full-field rides and clears of the year, Hiester hoped Steamboat would be able to keep rolling into the interstate bulk of its "border war" schedule - Steamboat plays two Utah high schools, Viewmont and Pleasant Grove, today.

- To reach Dave Shively, call 871-4253

or e-mail dshively@steamboatpilot.com

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