Steamboat Springs High School senior Christian Ramirez fires a shot Friday against Durango. Steamboat won, 17-3.

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Steamboat Springs High School senior Christian Ramirez fires a shot Friday against Durango. Steamboat won, 17-3.

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse bounces back

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was in need of a bounce back.

On Friday in Grand Junction against Durango, the team got it.

Steamboat did whatever it wanted, especially early, in running away with a 17-3 win.

The Sailors, now 3-1 overall and 2-1 in the Mountain League, were coming off a loss to Aspen on Tuesday.

It was Steamboat’s first in Mountain League play, a span of 39 games.

“Oh, yeah, there is no question about it,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “After the Aspen game, I told them we’re a good lacrosse team. We showed that today.”

The Sailors jumped out to a 6-0 lead after a quarter and had all but decided it with a 10-0 halftime lead.

After a sluggish start to the second half — where Steamboat was outscored 3-1 — the team rebounded with a six-goal fourth quarter for the end result.

Thomas Tarcha scored five goals, and Ben Wharton had four. Christian Ramirez scored three goals and assisted on three more.

"Really, it was just the situations," Tarcha said. "Someone would draw in the defense and slide and dump it over to me. It was a team effort getting the defense and opening up space."

Jesse Draper had two goals, and Tyler Scott had one.

In total, Steamboat had assists on 11 of its 17 goals, a factor that always is important in Steamboat’s success.

“What that says is we’re moving the ball and we’re moving the ball inside,” Hiester said. “We’re taking advantage of our motion offense.”

The game, however, doesn’t say a ton about Steamboat. The Sailors clearly were better and simply showed it.

The team plays at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grand Junction against Telluride, another team it should outclass.

The team should get a better idea of where it stands next week when it plays Bountiful, Utah, at home Thursday before traveling to Rock Canyon on Saturday.

The important thing, Hiester said, is the team got better Friday. That’s something Hiester knows is paramount to the team’s success.

“We need to get better,” he said. On Friday, “I think we did. Especially in terms of spreading the ball around.”

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

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