Steamboat Springs High School's Dani Flax passes the ball to a teammate during Wednesday afternoon’s game against Grand Junction at Gardner Field. The Sailors lost, 15-10.

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Steamboat Springs High School's Dani Flax passes the ball to a teammate during Wednesday afternoon’s game against Grand Junction at Gardner Field. The Sailors lost, 15-10.

Steamboat girls lacrosse keeps up with Grand Junction

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Steamboat Springs High School's Jessie Wallace scores a goal during Wednesday afternoon’s game against Grand Junction at Gardner Field. The Sailors lost, 15-10.

— There is anecdotal evidence for how much the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team has improved.

Stories roll off coaches and players lips about improvement in all areas.

Then there is the real thing.

The scoreboard might have read Grand Junction 15, Steamboat 10, but it was all happiness on the Sailors sideline.

“This is the best they’ve played all season,” Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said. Grand Junction “has been clobbering teams all season.”

Two weeks ago, one of those teams was Steamboat. The Tigers beat the Sailors, 14-3, and have steamrolled through the Mountain League.

But Wednesday was a little different.

The Sailors announced their presence early in the game, tying the score at 2 thanks to a pair of goals from Teagann Yeager.

Grand Junction looked like it might start to run away with it after building an 8-3 halftime lead with Steamboat’s other first-half goal coming from Jessie Wallace.

Nikki Fry made it 8-4 to open up the second half, and Yeager cut it to 9-5 minutes later before the Tigers extended the lead to 11-5.

Steamboat kept coming back.

Yeager and Fry scored back-to-back goals to make it 11-7 and drew a Grand Junction timeout.

“I don’t think they expected us to be this strong,” Fry said.

Brittany Sparks scored to make it 12-8 before the Tigers (11-2) proved to be too much.

Emily Spiess and Yeager added late goals for the final result.

“It was one of our most improved games of the year,” Spiess said.

The team now looks to the season finale against Durango at 10 a.m. Saturday at Gardner Field.

Steamboat (6-8) will honor 10 seniors Saturday in a game that Frick said could go any way.

“Durango has huge potential,” she said. “Saturday, we could blow them out, it could be close, or they could blow us out.”

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

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