A weekend laden with bad weather canceled many local sports teams' plans, but the Steamboat Springs High School boys and girls lacrosse squads still got in a full week of games.
What happened: The Sailors couldn’t hang with Aspen, falling via a lopsided score for the second time this season. They were at their best against Eagle Valley, however. Nikki Fry scored five goals and Aleigh Aurin had four.
What does it mean: If this week goes on to sum up the season, Steamboat could finish pretty pleased. It’s no surprise the squad can’t slug it out with the top teams in the region, but climbing above the teams at the bottom represents a huge step after last year’s winless season. The Sailors have shown a tremendous amount of progress since last season, and they seem to be growing from game to game.
What’s next: The Sailors play at 4 p.m. at home Wednesday against Battle Mountain.
What happened: Steamboat’s utter dominance of mountain lacrosse hit an unexpected hiccup in a 9-6 loss to Aspen, the first defeat since the Mountain League was founded in 2009. It snapped a 39-game winning streak for Steamboat in the division. The Sailors bounced back with commanding performances against Durango and Telluride.
What does it mean: Every streak gets broken at some point, but Aspen’s victory signals somewhat of a sea change. Programs have started to catch up to the Sailors and Steamboat’s no longer the no-question class of the league. Here’s some positive spin for the home team: that may well say more about the progress those teams have made than what it does about any kind of regression in Steamboat, and come tournament time, more high-level competition in the league could very well help the Sailors this year and going forward. Taking care of business in the ensuing two games was as strong a statement as the team could make at this time.
What’s next: The Sailors play at 4 p.m. Thursday at home against Bountiful, Utah.