Steamboat Springs High School defender Darian Buelter moves the ball forward during the Sailors game against the Battle Mountain Huskies on Tuesday night at Gardner Field. The Sailors beat the Huskies, 15-1, to win their 18th straight regular season game.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs High School defender Darian Buelter moves the ball forward during the Sailors game against the Battle Mountain Huskies on Tuesday night at Gardner Field. The Sailors beat the Huskies, 15-1, to win their 18th straight regular season game.

Sailors lacrosse team rolls to 18th straight conference win

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Steamboat Springs' midfielder Garret Ehrick is checked by Battle Mountain's Patrick Perry in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game at Steamboat Springs' Gardner Field.

— The weather was the only uncertain thing about Tuesday’s boys lacrosse game between Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain.

It went from cold to hot and back again. The sun peered out before giving way to a light rain.

On the field, Steamboat just continued to do what it has for the better part of two seasons. The Sailors won their 18th straight regular season Moun­tain Conference game, this one a 15-1 triumph with little room for theater.

Steamboat, now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, dominated possession for most of the day, got goals from nine players and played with a running clock from the midway point in the third quarter.

“Wow. I lost track of that,” coach Bob Hiester said when informed of the streak. “That’s cool. That’s a good run. But it’s one game at a time. We have to keep getting better each game.”

The areas open for Sailors’ improvement keep getting smaller and smaller.

Steamboat used a balanced attack and rarely slowed down.

The Sailors jumped up on the Huskies, 4-1, after the first quarter on a pair of goals from Brian Bertrand and one each from Lance Ostrom and Erik Owen.

Battle Mountain’s Reeve San­ders scored late in the first quarter for the Huskies’ only tally.

Steamboat hit a bit of a lull at the beginning of the second quarter but soon found its rhythm. Owen and Ostrom scored again, and Grant McCannon added a goal for a 7-1 halftime lead.

Tyler Samlowski, Andrew White, Grant Murray, Bertrand and McCannon all scored in the third quarter for a 12-1 lead, before Samlowski, Garret Ehrick and Ian Anderson scored in the fourth quarter for the final score.

“We have a very stable system right now,” Samlowski said. “We have great athletes, but the biggest part is our athletes are buying into the system. If we can keep the ball moving, it’s solid.”

For Battle Mountain, it was a tough day. The Huskies struggled to maintain possession and were on the defensive most of the day.

The Huskies (3-3, 3-3) rarely looked comfortable on the offensive end and went 0 for 4 on man-up situations.

“We need less turnovers,” said Battle Mountain goalie Spencer Curie, who, despite the score, played well in goal. “We probably had 15 or 20 turnovers off of passes today. That’s something we can’t do. That’s a lot of possession we lost today from throwing the ball over somebody’s head.”

Steamboat runs into a lull after this weekend. The team plays at 4 p.m. Thursday at Eagle Valley and at 4 p.m. Friday at Glenwood Springs. After that, the team will take a week off for spring break.

Battle Mountain hosts rival Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. Friday.

“We have a bigger target on our chest — even bigger than before the season,” Hiester said. “Everybody is going to be shooting for us.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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