Ned Cremin, left, avoids the stick of Sam Lane while shooting on goal during the first Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team practice of the season Wednesday at Whistler Park.

Photo by John F. Russell

Ned Cremin, left, avoids the stick of Sam Lane while shooting on goal during the first Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team practice of the season Wednesday at Whistler Park.

Steamboat lacrosse begins practice, looks forward to summer improvement

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— The Steamboat Springs Men’s lacrosse team practiced for the first time Wednesday, and it was more like a reunion than anything else.

The team, which practices at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at Whistler Field, returns most of the same team from last year.

“It’s keep playing and getting better,” captain Todd Wichelhaus said. “We have a lot of the same guys. We can improve as a team. We have enough of a core that we can get better.”

The team should feature a good balance of experience. The team returns Conor Barrett and Sam Lane, who both played at Division III powerhouse Washington College in Maryland.

Also back for the Bonesaws are 2009 graduate Jasper Gantick, who just wrapped up his freshman season at Monroe Community College in Rochester, N.Y. Jake Flax returns in goal after another season playing club lacrosse at Colorado State University.

Also returning are captain Todd Wichelhaus, as well as offensive threats in Andy Flax, Gus Worden and Kevin Bertrand among others.

“I think we keep getting better,” co-captain Mike Cosby said. “I think especially with these college kids. They get better every year.”

The team has two big tournaments this year. The team will travel July 17 and 18 to Breckenridge and then Aug. 7 and 8 to Aspen.

Last season, the team went 4-1 at the Breckenridge tournament and 1-3 in Aspen, with all the losses coming by a single goal.

“Even the Aspen ones where our record was poor, we lost three games by three goals,” Wichelhaus said. “We feel we can compete with the mountain towns and even the Front Range teams.

The team could host a Steamboat tournament sometime during the summer.

Prior to the Breckenridge tournament, Steamboat will play Vail multiple times home and away.

Although a date hasn’t been set yet, the first game should be sometime in the middle of June.

Anyone interested in playing, should send an e-mail to steamboatlacrosse@yahoo.com.

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