Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team picked up its first loss of the season, falling 10-4 on Wednesday at Rock Canyon.
Still, Sailors coach Bob Hiester said the game was exactly what his team needed as it prepared for the meat of its season.
“They were a very good lacrosse team,” he said. “This is what we wanted to do, to test ourselves against some really difficult, tough competition.”
Early in the game, it appeared Steamboat was every bit the match for Rock Canyon. The Sailors trailed 3-1 after one quarter but were down just 5-4 after two.
Brian Bertrand, Tyler Samlowski, Jack Spady and Erik Owen scored for Steamboat, but that diverse offense dissipated in the second half. The Sailors wouldn’t score again.
“We really fought our way back into it, then got blanked in the second half,” Hiester said. “They really made us pay for little mistakes, ones we could get away with against some teams without as good of players.”
He said Rock Canyon punished Steamboat for lazy and inaccurate passes and for failing to match a quick and aggressive style.
But it was exactly what the Sailors needed as they prepare for an important 2 p.m. Saturday game at home against Summit.
“We did things really well, but they exposed some areas we really need to work on,” Hiester said. “It was a good learning experience.”