Steamboat lacrosse coasts at Eagle Valley

Boys win 19th straight regular season conference game

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team had little trouble Thursday at Eagle Valley, running away with a 17-0 win.

The win im­­proves Steam­boat to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the Mountain Con­­ference.

“It was a hard game to play and to coach,” Steam­boat coach Bob Hiester said. “They weren’t as good as us, but our kids played well and played with class.”

Steamboat got goals from 10 players, building a 7-0 first-quarter lead and a 12-0 lead at halftime.

Ian Anderson led the way with three goals. Andrew White, Brian Bertrand, Jace Worden, Jackson Coe and Tyler Sam­lowski each had two goals. Sam Robards, Regan Walton, Garret Ehrick and Erik Owen each had a goal.

Hiester said the Sailors had the run of play for most of the day. But instead of playing down to the competition, Hiester said the team continued to work its motion offense and remained tough on defense.

With the large margin at halftime, Steamboat was able to work on some things and get several younger players and different lineups into the game in the second half.

Steamboat, with two conference games remaining, could wrap up a second consecutive Mountain Conference title today at Glenwood Springs.

The teams play at 4 p.m.

Steamboat remains the only undefeated team in the league, winning its 19th straight regular season conference game Thurs­day.

Summit, who lost to Steam­boat earlier this season, is a game back, with Aspen and Fruita Monument sitting two games back.

Steamboat plays Aspen on April 30.

Even with the potential of another conference championship on the horizon and a guaranteed berth in the state playoffs, Hiester said today’s focus will again be on Steamboat.

“It’s the same kind of thing,” he said. “The idea is we still have to play at a high level. No matter the situation, we want to play our game. Our game is motion and movement on offense, and playing tough defense.”

After the Glenwood game, the team will take the week off for spring break. The Sailors resume play April 26 at George Washington.

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

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