Steamboat Springs High School senior Jackson Coe runs the ball toward the goal during the second half of Saturday’s home playoff game against Rock Canyon. Steamboat lost, 11-8.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School senior Jackson Coe runs the ball toward the goal during the second half of Saturday’s home playoff game against Rock Canyon. Steamboat lost, 11-8.

Steamboat boys lacrosse falls to Rock Canyon in playoffs

Boys lacrosse were 3 goals short of 1st playoff win

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was hoping to accomplish something Saturday that it had never done before.

The goal all season has been to win the first lacrosse playoff game in school history. The past two years, the Sailors found themselves in a situation similar to this one. Again this year, they headed into playoffs with a No. 16 seed and a home game. Again, the Sailors were unable to walk off the field with a playoff win and ended the season with an 11-8 loss to Rock Canyon.

“This has been another great season for them,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “We’re still looking for that first playoff win yet.”

The Sailors got off to a sluggish start, with one first-quarter goal, from junior John Wharton, to Rock Canyon’s five.

The Steamboat team picked it up a little in the second quarter with two goals, another from Wharton and one from junior Lance Ostrom. The Sailors had ample possession time, but the Rock Canyon Jaguars continued their scoring with four more goals, bringing the score to 9-3 at the half.

“The first half, we didn’t play well at all, and that was really disappointing,” Hiester said.

The Sailors have been known this season for putting the points on the board during the second half.

That was the case when Steamboat faced Rock Canyon earlier this season. The Jaguars were up, 9-3, going into the fourth quarter. The Sailors turned it on in the fourth, scoring four goals, but lost 11-7.

Following that pattern, Steamboat was able to put the brakes on Rock Canyon at the start of the second half Saturday with another goal by Ostrom and a rocket from Wharton. Rock Canyon answered one of those goals, putting the Sailors down 10-5 after three quarters.

The Sailors continued to try to dig themselves the rest of the way out of the hole in the fourth quarter. They put up three more goals to Rock Canyon’s one.

“It was a matter of too little, too late,” Hiester said.

He said he had thought this would be the year that Steamboat got its first playoff win.

“I think this is the best overall team we’ve had,” Hiester said.

Hiester said a strong group of players will help fill the roster next season. Steamboat is losing 15 seniors, including Grant McCannon.

“It’s pretty special that the three years I’ve been here we’ve been to playoffs three years in a row,” McCannon said. “I think it’s kind of a good thing that I can leave that legacy as I go on to college.”

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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