Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School girls junior varsity lacrosse player Sammie Cline runs the balls up the field during Tuesday's game against Battle Mountain. The Sailors won, 8-5.
2011 Sailors girls JV lacrosse schedule
Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School girls junior varsity lacrosse team started fast and withstood a late Battle Mountain rally Tuesday, picking up an 8-5 win at Gardner Field.
Steamboat jumped out to an early first half lead behind the stick work of Aleigh Aurin near the goal.
Aurin used her speed and stick-handling abilities to score four straight early goals to help the Sailors to a 4-0 lead.
Her fourth — at the 14 minute, 39 second mark — came via a backhanded shot that froze up Battle Mountain goaltender Ali Feeney.
Battle Mountain’s Rylee McMillin got the Huskies closer with 4:26 left in the first half when her shot snuck by Steamboat goaltender Alyssa McMahon to cut the lead to 4-1.
Aurin came back for the Sailors, scoring with 34 seconds left in the half to send Steamboat into halftime with a 5-1 lead.
“They knew I was coming,” Aurin said. “They don’t like me because I scored a majority of the goals against them last time.”
When Aurin wasn’t putting on a scoring spectacle, McMahon proved herself a worthy adversary in net.
The sophomore made four saves in the first half and 10 in the game to thwart Battle Mountain’s efforts.
“It’s practice, I guess,” McMahon said. “We do a lot of drills in practice. It’s about being easy on your feet.”
But the Huskies weren’t done.
After Steamboat’s Hannah Samlowski added an end-to-end goal less than seven minutes into the second half to make it 6-1, Battle Mountain made a resounding response. The Huskies Alex Lee top shelved a goal at the 10:32 mark and another three minutes later to cut the Steamboat lead to 6-3. McMillin got her second and third of the game minutes later to cut the lead to 6-5 with 3:27 left in the game.
And who else responded but Aurin.
The sophomore netted two more in the final 2:30 for the final result.
“We played last year, and we had a lot of trouble even fielding a team,” Aurin said. “This year, it’s nice because we have a lot more players interested. We’re learning to play as a team.”
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