Shorthanded Sailors LAX team sees win streak snapped

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— Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse’s undefeated season was brought to a halt Saturday afternoon at Valor Christian in a game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds of overtime.

The Sailors — playing shorthanded with a chunk of the starting lineup out for spring break — mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime. Down 10-8 with a few minutes left to play in regulation, senior Peter White and junior Mitch McCannon knotted things up at 10-10 to force the extra period.

From there, despite repeated saves by goalie Kaleb VanArsdale, Valor Christian sunk the Sailors’ undefeated season with just 20 seconds to go for the 11-10 win.

“Our goal this season wasn’t to be undefeated,” Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said. “It is to win our conference and make the playoffs, and we are still in great shape to do just that.”

Neither side got off to a high-scoring first half, with the Eagles clinching a 4-2 lead heading into the break. The Sailors marched back, grabbing a 7-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter, before Valor Christian forced Steamboat’s second last-minute regulation comeback of the season.

“We had half our team play in the JV game the game before,” Lattimore said, noting significant playing time for some underclassmen. “The majority of our guys played two games today. I told them to shake this off, but it’s also good for it to sting a bit.”

McCannon led the team in scoring with four goals. Jonah Warren, Peter White and Antonio Ranieri each scored a pair for the Sailors.

Though VanArsdale surrendered his first loss of the season, the senior swallowed up 18 saves in front of the net, including a flurry of overtime shots by the Eagles.

Steamboat (12-1) has 12 days off before returning to the field May 1 at Summit at 4 p.m.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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