Steamboat girls lacrosse falls just short at Eagle Valley

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— Glance through the season’s win-loss results, and maybe it looks like a setback.

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The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team beat Eagle Valley, 10-9, when the two teams played earlier this season in Steamboat.

Making the return trip to play at Eagle Valley on Thursday, the Sailors lost, 14-13.

Nothing is as simple as it seems with this squad, however, and battling a persistent problem with participation that has come to a breathtaking head in recent weeks, Steamboat came off the field proud of what it had accomplished.

It certainly was breathtaking for the players, who played without a substitute and managed a big-time comeback in a game that appeared to be slipping away.

Steamboat trailed, 9-5, at half but rallied on exhausted legs to tie the game up, 12-12, before Eagle Valley got the best of the last minutes of play.

“It’s the most goals we’ve scored this season,” Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said. “In terms of stats, we had the best stats we’ve had. We had 16 shots on goal. We got 30 ground balls, and we won 12 draw controls and caused nine turnovers.”

It’s just a list of numbers to many, but to the Sailors, it’s sweet progress. They haven’t been competitive in a game since that win against Eagle Valley, so no matter the outcome, Thursday represented a welcome change.

“The girls played their hearts out,” Frick said. “It was a great game for us.”

Steamboat is back in action Friday on the road against Grand Junction. It’s a game that isn’t likely to offer a respite for a team looking for a win. Steamboat slipped to 1-7 with Thursday’s loss.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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