What happened: The Sailors were less than pleased with a 5-4 victory against Eagle Valley, a game where Steamboat struggled to pull away for good from a team it had hoped to run over. Saturday’s draw with Battle Mountain was a much better result, however. The Huskies entered undefeated, and left that way, too, but Steamboat was able to match one of the league’s frontrunners move for move, shot for shot.
What does it mean: A loss earlier in March to Palisade already shook Steamboat from the tip-top of the league standings, but a draw with Battle Mountain proved the race isn’t over. A couple slip-ups from Palisade or Battle Mountain and the Sailors will be right there.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Eagle Valley in Steamboat.
What happened: It was a double whammy kind of weekend for the Sailors after they picked up a solid win against Bountiful, Utah, 7-2. Steamboat lacrosse keystone and coach Bob Hiester announced he’d retire at the end of the season. The Sailors then couldn’t hang with Rock Canyon late in a big road game, falling 10-6 after they’d managed to pull within one.
What does it mean: Rock Canyon’s among the state’s top programs, so there’s no great sin in losing there. The week’s biggest news has to be Hiester’s announcement, though. One of the most iconic men in Colorado lacrosse, he’s built the Steamboat program to be one of the most powerful and consistent in the region. Surely his retirement won’t change that, but just as certainly, it will be a big change. Not that this was a team in need of a rallying cry, but it may have just found one for those late-season games.
What’s next: Steamboat plays Wednesday at Battle Mountain.
What happened: The Sailors were at their best in the second half of the Rampart loss and the Eagle Valley game. Steamboat overcame a 13-5 deficit to tie the game on a Teagann Yeager goal with two seconds remaining against Rampart. The squad lost in overtime, but it still carried that momentum over to a easy win against Eagle Valley.
What does it mean: The Steamboat team has solidified the fact that it's better than Eagle Valley now that it has swept the series. The Sailors are much more interested in making up ground on the rest of the league. Rampart isn’t one of the state’s powerhouses by any stretch, but coming back from eight down to tie a game, no matter the opponent, is quite an accomplishment. That kind of approach could help the team have the confidence to go punch-for-punch with some of the elite squads left on the schedule.
What’s next: Steamboat plays Thursday at home against Monument.
What happened: The Sailors were 1-2 on their Friday and Saturday roadtrip. They were on the wrong end of several three set matches against Poudre, then bounced back Saturday against Thompson Valley.
What does it mean: All the Sailors got victories Saturday, just not all at once. Ellie Bender shined at No. 2 singles, winning in three sets to get Steamboat’s only victory against Fossil Ridge. Rachel Grubbs and Kira Lorenzen picked up afternoon wins on the singles side against Thompson Valley while the doubles teams orchestrated a sweep in that matchup.
What’s next: Steamboat plays at home against Aspen on Friday.