Steamboat lacrosse team wins 2nd conference title

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— As ho-hum as Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse coach Bob Hiester sounded Friday, there wouldn’t be a person who thought the Sailors just wrapped up their second consecutive Mountain Conference lacrosse title.

But that’s exactly what happened, this time with a 17-2 win against Glenwood Springs signaling Steamboat’s 20th straight win in the conference and earning the Sailors their second consecutive trip to the postseason.

But all year, it really hasn’t been about just advancing to the playoffs.

Besides, last year’s team did that. This year, Hiester said, the focus isn’t about getting to the playoffs but advancing in them.

“There is no question about it,” Hiester said. “We’ve talked about it all year long. We want to do more than we did last year.”

On Friday, Steamboat (9-1 overall, 7-0 in conference play) got off to a slow start and found itself down, 1-0.

From there, though, the Sailors turned it on, took a 5-1 lead after one quarter, an 8-2 lead at halftime and 15-2 lead after three quarters.

Steamboat again filled up the stat sheet. Brian Bertrand had five goals and three assists. Grant McCannon had three goals, and Garret Ehrick, Drew Ruff and Erik Owen each had two. Andrew White, Ian Anderson and Grant Murray all added a tally for the Sailors.

The Sailors now have the week off for spring break before returning at 4 p.m. April 26 at George Washington.

The team will have informal practices all week with a hopeful scrimmage April 24.

Steamboat has one conference game left against Aspen on April 30 before the playoffs begin.

That’s where this Steamboat team really will have the chance to prove itself. But judging by recent play, Hiester said it’s becoming tougher and tougher to find a weak point in the Sailors’ play.

“We’re real pleased with the outcome,” he said. “It’s been really nice. We’re playing what I call pretty lacrosse. The ball is moving, we’re finding open guys, defensively we’re covering up, and we’re clearing the ball. There is not a phase of the game we’re not doing well in right now.”

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