Steamboat's Dani Flax fires a shot Saturday as the girls lacrosse team beat Eagle Valley, 13-4.

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat's Dani Flax fires a shot Saturday as the girls lacrosse team beat Eagle Valley, 13-4.

Sailors girls lacrosse picks up win, focuses on finer points

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Teagann Yeager tries to get a shot Saturday against Eagle Valley.

— It wasn’t enough for the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team just to win Saturday. Coming away with a victory was only chief among a list of goals the team hoped to accomplish as it played for a sweep of Eagle Valley.

And, as the Sailors came off the field, they did so with a heap of check marks.

They got the win, 13-4, and were able to tackle plenty of the other goals they had hoped to address.

Steamboat got up early, 5-1, playing through intermittent rain in Steamboat Springs. The team had little trouble expanding on that throughout the game.

One of the day's priorities was spreading out the duty of building that lead.

Steamboat’s scoring has been powered to this point by engines, seniors Nikki Fry and Aleigh Aurin, and again Saturday, those two played a big part in the win. Aurin had four goals and Fry had three, accounting for more than half of Steamboat’s production. The remaining scoring, however, was spread among five other players.

Teagann Yeager, a sophomore, had two. Seniors Jessie Wallace and Hanna Hartley each scored, as did freshman Haley Doyne. When sophomore Dani Flax scored late in the second half, she threw her arms up in celebration and ran for a teammate to hug.

“We really wanted to spread the scoring out more,” Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said. “The more threats we have on attack, the harder we are to defend. We need to get more girls used to going to goal, shooting hard and dodging.

“It was huge today. Seven people scoring, that’s definitely a record for us.”

All around the field, the Sailors took advantage of the big lead they built, trying to sharpen their play.

“We had a lot more assisted goals. I was happy with our passing. I was happy with our talking to each other. We had some good double teams,” Frick said. “It was an opportunity to work on things that it's hard to work on under pressure. We got more people playing time today, which is good for the future.”

Steamboat got four assists from Aurin and four saves in goal from freshman Alex English, who entered the game in relief of McKenzie Repollo once the game was in hand.

Now Steamboat, 3-5, hopes to carry Saturday’s steps into the rest of its season, which they launch into Thursday at home against Fruita Monument.

The Wildcats won a matchup last year, 13-5. The Sailors are hoping some things have changed since then, however.

“We just need to keep working on the little things, ground balls, shorter passes,” Repollo said. “We’re having a lot of fun.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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