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Home loss doesn’t leave Steamboat girls lacrosse down

Steamboat's Abby Vander Graaff spins through the defense Wednesday as the Sailors played their final home game of the season. Steamboat lost, 18-2.

— The girls of Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse gathered for a team photo on their home field Wednesday after their final home game of the year.

On the score sheet, it looked like most of the other games this season, a lopsided 18-2 defeat in which the opponent, Battle Mountain, controlled the ball for most of the game.

Gathered for the photo, the girls debated whether to go with goofy poses or a serious take. And if goofy poses, which ones?

There were plenty of suggestions, from "Can I climb on her shoulders?" to the eventual winner, "Making signs with their hands." Only one was rejected, though: "One looking really sad and one really happy?"

That got zero traction, because even after an 16-goal loss that fairly represented a 1-10 season, there was no dark cloud, nothing sad, hanging over the team.

The Sailors went out Wednesday much as they played throughout the season: thoroughly overmatched and thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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"Even though we didn't win many games, we gave it our best try," senior Megan Garcia said.

She did feel a hint of sadness Wednesday, but only when pressed to consider the end of her high school career. She started with the program as a freshman, coaxed to a practice by a friend. She quickly fell in love.

"It's fun, it's energetic and it's very welcoming," she said. "The program has grown because of (coach) Betsy (Frick) and because girls keep coming and trying it.

"I'm sad to leave."

On the field, Frick said she saw many of the team's steps it has taken this year. Senior Lexy Look scored the team's two goals, one in each half, before getting sidelined for big hit in the game's waning seconds.

Frick pointed to the team's defense. The girls, many brand-new to lacrosse when the season started, were picking up plays far better than they did early in the season, sliding to add double teams and playing more aware of offensive players slipping through the backdoor or attacking as trailing athletes.

Goalie Kyla Taylor had eight saves for the team in the first half while Summer Dorr had six in the second.

"I'm pleased," Frick said. "It was a huge improvement over the last time we played them. We were working well together.

"We have improved every game this season."

Neither Frick nor the Sailors could find anything sad in that.

Steamboat has one more game, on the road Friday against Fruita Monument.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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