Steamboat boys lacrosse wins at Grand Junction

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team had a closer-than-expected game Friday at Grand Junction but still managed to come away with a 9-4 win. 

“We started slow,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “I’m not sure what it was.” 

The two teams were tied at 1 after the first quarter, and Steamboat held a small 4-2 lead at halftime. 

Part of the struggles early were the result of an illegal stick penalty on Steamboat, Hiester said. The penalty is a three-minute, non-releasable offense. 

Grand Junction was able to get a man-up goal before Steamboat responded in the second half. 

“In the second half, we picked it up,” Hiester said. “When we’re running through stuff, we can’t be going three-quarters speed.”

Wilber Ranieri led the Sailors with four goals. Lance Ostrom had two while Ben Wharton, John Wharton and Christian Ramirez each had one. 

Kai Rogers and Dane Dixson each tallied an assist. 

Hiester said Friday’s game was a good reminder that Steamboat has to play at a high level each and every time out. 

“It puts your feet on the ground and takes the air out of your head,” he said. “Fruita is probably a better team.” 

Steamboat (7-1, 6-0) plays at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fruita. 

“I thought we responded real well to some adversity,” Hiester said. “We got back to a level of play where the intensity is real high.” 

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

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