Steamboat Springs The term “rebuilding year” tends to get thrown around a lot with struggling teams, whether they’re actually taking steps toward a brighter future or not.
Betsy Frick used the term Saturday to describe the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team’s season, which came to an end Friday with a 21-4 loss on the road against Fruita Monument.
And, she said, that wasn’t just a nice way of saying that the 2014 season was a rough one.
“Part way through the first half, I was frustrated, and I looked out on the field and we had six freshmen and two more experienced players playing defense. And they were doing awesome,” Frick said. “We had 10 seniors last year. This year, I had 10 first-year players, and they learned a lot and grew this season.”
Those players got plenty of experience, since the team often had no substitutes.
Steamboat finished the season 1-12, but Frick said the girls are excited for the future.
It got goals Friday from Lexy Look, Kyla Taylor, Brittney Starks and Cassett Yeager, as well as assists from Taylor and Megan Garcia. Summer Dorr, meanwhile, had nine saves in goal.
Much of the squad will continue to work. The team — its high school season officially over — is playing a pair of games today against Wyoming teams and then hopes to hit several tournaments in the area in the coming weeks.
Frick is excited by a growing middle school program and the prospect of her program’s growth in the coming seasons.
It may not have been a great year, but she said it could be a foundation season. A “rebuilding year” without any rebuilding is just a bad season.
The Steamboat girls lacrosse program, though, is confident it has learned from its rough schedule.
“They’re excited, and they like the sport,” Frick said. “They understand the importance of continuing on for a couple of weeks. I’m optimistic.”