Steamboat Springs Despite tired legs and an early deficit, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was able to hang on for an 8-5 win at Aspen on Monday.
The win improved Steamboat to 4-0 on the season and kept them atop the Mountain League as its only undefeated team.
"They're not panicking when they're down," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "They're able to keep the pressure on."
Steamboat - with heavy legs after a tight game on Saturday with rival Summit - started slow in the first quarter.
Playing their first road game of the year, the Sailors trailed, 2-0, early to the Skiers. But as the team has done all year, it continued to play hard and take advantage of its opportunities.
"We just kept playing our game," Hiester said. "Early in the ball game, we probably hit three or four pipes and hit the goalie in the chest.
"It easily could have been 6-2, but we just scrapped."
Steamboat finally started to take control of the game. Erik Owen scored two goals, while Garret Ehrick, Gus Worden, Jack Spady, Tyler Samlowski, Jasper Gantick and Brian Bertrand each added a goal.
Although the balanced scoring had Hiester excited, he said the real telling statistic on the day was getting six assists on the team's eight goals.
"To me, that says a lot about our team right now," Hiester said. "That's big. We're looking for people in there, and we're really taking care of it."
The tired Steamboat team now gets some much-needed rest. The Sailors originally were scheduled to play at 4 p.m. Friday against Aspen at Gardner Field, but the game has been rescheduled to April 8 because it coincides with the beginning of Aspen's spring break.
That means Steamboat doesn't play again until March 27 at Grand Valley United - a team that comprises all the schools in the Grand Valley.
Steamboat then travels to Durango for a game on March 28.
Hiester said he thinks Steamboat is one of the top - if not the top - team in the conference right now. He said the little break will be reserved for putting in more packages on offense and defense and improving shot selection and defensive play.
Hiester said it's paramount the Sailors keep improving.
"You either improve or get worse. You don't stay the same," he said. "So we have to keep improving. Then, if they get big-headed, we'll just run more. They just have to keep continuing to work hard. But that shouldn't be a problem. The chemistry is good. It's a good group right now."