Steamboat Springs Betsy Frick isn’t shy about admitting this is a rebuilding year for the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse program. On Thursday, as the team opened its season with a trip to Rampart, that much was obvious, with the Sailors on the wrong end of a 19-3 score against a team they took into overtime a year ago.
2014 Sailors girls lacrosse schedule
- March 6: Rampart 19, Steamboat 3
- March 7: at Pine Creek, 5:30 p.m.
- March 15: Grand Junction 17, Steamboat 0
- March 21: Steamboat 10, Eagle Valley 9
- March 26: Summit 19, Steamboat 0
- March 28: at Battle Mountain, 4 p.m.
- April 1: vs. Summit, 4 p.m.
- April 3: Aspen 17, Steamboat 0
- April 5: Durango 16, Steamboat 2
- April 10: Eagle Valley 14, Steamboat 13
- April 11: Grand Junction 18, Steamboat 7
- April 16: Aspen 16, Steamboat 0
- April 19: vs. Fruita Monument
- April 30: Battle Mountain 18, Steamboat 2
- May 2: at Fruita Monument, 4 p.m.
“I saw good things, though,” Frick said afterward. “I had three players on the field who’ve played high school lacrosse before. For everyone else, this was their first game.”
Lopsided losses have marked the girls lacrosse program’s early life as a varsity sport in Steamboat Springs, but last year's squad, filled with players who’d been developed in the program, began to turn that around, finishing with a 6-9 record.
The core of that group graduated — 10 of the team’s best players. Several others weren’t able to make it out for this year’s team, and the result is another building project.
Frick said she isn’t starting back at the foundation, however.
“This is a fun group. They’re out there hustling,” she said. “Everyone had a good time.”
Steamboat got a pair of goals from Lexy Look and one from Kyla Taylor, who also had 10 saves while serving as goalie in the first half.
The team is back in action today against Pine Creek, 10-9 winners against the Sailors a year ago but, like Steamboat, now tasked with replacing much of the roster.
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