Steamboat girls club lacrosse earns win, loss on day

Sailors team could see return to varsity program next year

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— The Steamboat girls lacrosse club team went 1-1 in Saturday’s round-robin tournament against Laramie and Cheyenne at Gardner Field in Steamboat.

The team started the day off by handing Laramie a crushing 14-1 defeat. Steamboat Springs High School athletes Sarah White and Hannah Hartley each had three goals, and Nastassija Voyich, Courtney Reynolds and Emily Speiss each scored two. Hannah Samlowski and Nikki Fry each had one.

The team then went on to play Cheyenne, which scored a last-minute goal to win the game, 7-6. White, a late-season addition to the team, scored more than half of Steamboat’s goals against Cheyenne, with Samlowski and Jessie Wallace each scoring, as well.

Steamboat Springs Middle School players Becky Brown and Payton Wendler joined the team for the day, as well.

Despite less than ideal weather conditions, including hail and a 20-minute thunder delay, the team finished out the day strong.

The girls were glad to finish the season with a .500 record and are looking forward to next year.

“We’ve improved a lot, and hopefully we’ll keep growing and expanding the program,” team captain Fry said.

Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse has been successful at restarting the team after not having a varsity program for the past three years. The team disbanded in 2009 because of a lack of interest. During the past two years, the team has played a junior varsity schedule and seen numbers improve with each game.

The team learned this week that it could be classified as a varsity sport next year. If that happens, the team will play in the Mountain League against teams such as Battle Mountain, Aspen, Eagle Valley and Durango.

“Gaining varsity status is really important to us,” Samlowski said. “We should have a strong team since we have no seniors on the team and even some middle school girls playing with us to get ready for high school.”

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