Steamboat Springs High School freshman Libby Lukens brings the ball up the field during Saturday's game against Grand Junction.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Springs High School freshman Libby Lukens brings the ball up the field during Saturday's game against Grand Junction.

Girls lacrosse fall in home opener

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— This has been dubbed a rebuilding year for the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team, so players and coaches were not too focused on the scoreboard Saturday.

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The Sailors were shutout by Grand Junction during their home opener, 0-17.

"It was a good game for us," senior Kyla Taylor said. "We weren't really basing it off the scoreboard, just about the skills we want to work on as the new team we are this year."

Steamboat was dealt a big blow during their first half when senior Lexy Look had to come off the field with a wrist injury. That left the small team with only 12 players, which meant everyone played.

"When people get tired, I don't have any subs," coach Betsy Frick said. "Overall, I was pleased with the effort."

Small numbers is a big challenge facing the team.

"I think we made progress today, but it's tough when you have this little depth," Frick said.

The Sailors spent much of the game defending their own goal, and they were only able to get three shots off.

"We're not going to score much if we don't shoot much," Frick said.

Players and coaches tried to focus on the positives from the game.

"We had some good interceptions and we were good at picking up ground balls," said Taylor, who had six saves when she played keeper during the first half.

Junior Summer Dorr had eight saves when she guarded the goal during the second half.

Frick said she was pleased by the team's hustle on the field during the game, which was complicated by windy weather and a springlike snowstorm during the second half.

"The freshman were doing awesome and defense played really well," Frick said.

After losing 10 of the team's best players last year to graduation, Taylor said she was looking forward to watching the new team continue to grow and rebuild.

"We're becoming more like a good team, kind of like a family in a way," Taylor said. "We're not really focusing on winning. We would love to win, but we're seeing how we can become good as a team on the field."

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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