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Bonesaws crushed

Local lacrosse team looks to rebound

For the better part of the second half of its game Saturday, the Steamboat Bonesaws men’s lacrosse team out-hustled, out-shot and out-played the Denver Altitude.

Too bad Steamboat didn’t show up in the first half.

“We were a half-step behind the whole first half,” Bonesaws player Mark Louden said. “They just got out of the gate real quick.”

From the start of the game, it was obvious that the Altitude was the more experienced team. The Altitude players moved the ball around the field better and picked their spots. By the end of the first quarter, Altitude had a 6-1 advantage. The game was part of the third annual Steamboat Invitational being held at Whistler Park.

Steamboat “has a lot of young guys, so we knew we couldn’t slack,” Altitude co-captain Shane Bailey said. “We knew they wouldn’t go away, so we had to go hard the whole time.”

Every time Steamboat inched closer, the Altitude countered. At the end of the first half, Altitude held a 9-5 advantage. It looked as if it could make the game into a rout after the Altitude scored the first

three goals of the second half. But the Bonesaws started to get back into the flow of the game, scoring three goals in a matter of minutes.

“We played a lot better in the second half,” Louden said. “Once we got it in their offensive end, we could score anytime we wanted.”

Dave Shively scored three goals for Steamboat, and Louden, Justin Howard, Danny Carlson, Jake Flax, Dave Pieknik and Make Cosby each scored a goal.

For the Altitude, the victory was sweet redemption for a team that three years ago fielded only six players at the Steamboat tournament. Altitude co-captain Terry DeBell said the team was gutted and revamped with players that wanted to help the team.

“We’ve worked hard to make sure we’ve had a good team to come up,” he said. “It was a team win today, not an individual one.”

Steamboat plays again today at 10:30 a.m. against Vail. If it wins, the Bonesaws play at 1:45 p.m.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or lgraham@steamboatpilot.com