Steamboat boys lacrosse falls, 6-4, to Littleton

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Steamboat Springs High School's John Wharton plays against Littleton High School in a 6-4 loss Friday.

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Steamboat Springs High School's John Wharton plays against Littleton High School in a 6-4 loss Friday.

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Steamboat Springs High School's Grant McCannon plays against Littleton High School in a 6-4 loss Friday.

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team couldn’t snap a three-game losing streak Friday in a game at Littleton. The Sailors fell, 6-4, but Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said the game was indicative of the streak — a hard-fought loss that he hopes will ready the team for the playoffs.

“I wish we’d have won some of these games, but they’ve been great experiences,” he said about a recent swing against talented Front Range squads. “For us to have success in the postseason, we need to have seen this caliber of competition. We played hard, and our game improved much more than it would have if we had just played a Western Slope conference schedule.”

On Friday, the Sailors faced a tough battle just to stay in the game early. They slipped behind, 3-0, but managed a furious comeback.

Erik Owen, Lance Ostrom and Christian Ramirez scored, helping cut into the lead. The squad climbed within one, 4-3, before a final Littleton surge put the game out of reach.

Kai Rogers plugged in another goal for Steamboat on a play in which Jackson Coe picked up his third assist of the game. It wasn’t enough, however.

The loss drops Steamboat to 7-6 on the season with just two games remaining before next month’s playoffs.

“They had a nice inside game,” Hiester said. “We weren’t picking up their shooters in the crease, so we were giving up something there. Then offensively, I don’t know if it was their defense or we were just sloppy, but we weren’t sharp.”

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