Steamboat Springs' Dani Flax moves the ball against the Eagle Valley Devils in a game Wednesday afternoon at Gardner Field.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs' Dani Flax moves the ball against the Eagle Valley Devils in a game Wednesday afternoon at Gardner Field.

Eagle Valley beats Steamboat girls lacrosse after slow start

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Steamboat Springs' Aleigh Aurin scoops up a ground ball Wednesday afternoon at Gardner Field during a game with the Eagle Valley Devils.

— The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team started fast before Eagle Valley took over Wednesday, and the Devils eventually picked up a 17-12 win. 

The Sailors (0-3) were up 7-1 on the Devils at one point, but Eagle Valley slowly started to chip away at Steamboat’s lead. 

The Devils cut it to 7-6 with less than 10 minutes left in the first half. 

Eagle Valley eventually went ahead 8-7 and had extended its lead to 10-8 at halftime. 

“We’ve been trying to practice cohesiveness,” Eagle Valley coach Kin Andree said. “We’ve been trying to feel that and what it’s like. We’ve changed the way we do things. After a goal, we go back and talk to the goalie and make sure they know it’s not one person’s fault.”

The Devils owe a big credit to goalie Jammie Dumolt, a junior, who was huge in Eagle Valley’s comeback, making save after save. 

All told, Dumolt had 26 saves in the game and was a big reason for the turnaround. 

“You can’t win unless you really have a goalie willing to take a shot,” Andree said. “It becomes part of that momentum building.”

Steamboat came out in the second half and tied it at 10 with goals from Aleigh Aurin and Jesse Wallace before Eagle Valley scored five straight to take a commanding 15-10 lead. 

“We were up in the first half, and they were working well together,” Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said. “They were doing a good job of catching, and Eagle Valley didn’t have its zone figured out. They tightened that up, and they got better at double- and triple-teaming us.” 

Two more Aurin goals made it 15-12 with less than two minutes to play before Eagle Valley added two late goals. 

Aurin led all scorers with eight goals. Nikki Fry, Hannah Samlowski and Courtney Reynolds each added one. 

Haley Hutton led Eagle Valley with six goals. Corin Cramer had four, Megan Muehlethaler and Gina Johnson had two and Sally Ward, Olivai Keegan and Andrea Meza all had one. 

Steamboat next plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Creek. Eagle Valley (1-3) next plays at 4 p.m. Friday at home against Summit. 

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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