The Steamboat Springs Bonesaws will look to continue the team's strong play as it heads into a lacrosse tournament today in Aspen.
The Bonesaws, fresh off winning the consolation bracket at the 2009 Quickstick Lax Tournament in Breckenridge two weeks ago, enter the tournament as one of the favorites.
In addition to Steamboat, two teams from Aspen and teams from Boulder and Vail are expected to play.
Steamboat opens play at 11 a.m. today against Aspen. The team then plays Boulder.
How teams fare today determines seeding for play Sunday.
"I think we have the potential to win it," Steamboat captain Todd Wichelhaus said.
Helping Steamboat's cause will be the competition it has seen this year. In addition to the Breckenridge tournament, where Steamboat went an impressive 4-1 against top-level club teams from across the Front Range, the Bonesaws enter the tournament having played multiple other games against Vail.
Wichelhaus said that experience coupled with the team they have has the Bonesaws optimistic heading into today.
"Basically it's playing smart with the players we have," he said. "We have enough guys that have played together long enough that if we play to our strengths, we should be fine."
Although the defense has been Steamboat's strong point this year, especially the play in net by Joseph Lauber and Jake Flax, Wichelhaus said the key for Steamboat will be turning its offensive opportunities into goals.
The team will be without one of its top offensive threats in Sam Lane, who is attending to family business.
Still, Wichelhaus said the team will feature Conor Barrett and former high school standouts Andy Flax and Kevin Bertrand as offensive threats.