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Steamboat girls JV lacrosse team holds on for win

Aleigh Aurin scores 7 in Sailors 8-5 win vs. Huskies

Luke Graham

Steamboat Springs High School girls junior varsity lacrosse player Sammie Cline runs the balls up the field during Tuesday's game against Battle Mountain. The Sailors won, 8-5.

— The Steamboat Springs High School girls junior varsity lacrosse team started fast and withstood a late Battle Mountain rally Tuesday, picking up an 8-5 win at Gardner Field. 

Steamboat jumped out to an early first half lead behind the stick work of Aleigh Aurin near the goal. 

Aurin used her speed and stick-handling abilities to score four straight early goals to help the Sailors to a 4-0 lead. 

Her fourth — at the 14 minute, 39 second mark — came via a backhanded shot that froze up Battle Mountain goaltender Ali Feeney. 

Battle Mountain's Rylee McMillin got the Huskies closer with 4:26 left in the first half when her shot snuck by Steamboat goaltender Alyssa McMahon to cut the lead to 4-1. 

Aurin came back for the Sailors, scoring with 34 seconds left in the half to send Steamboat into halftime with a 5-1 lead. 

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"They knew I was coming," Aurin said. "They don't like me because I scored a majority of the goals against them last time."

When Aurin wasn't putting on a scoring spectacle, McMahon proved herself a worthy adversary in net. 

The sophomore made four saves in the first half and 10 in the game to thwart Battle Mountain's efforts. 

"It's practice, I guess," McMahon said. "We do a lot of drills in practice. It's about being easy on your feet."

But the Huskies weren't done. 

After Steamboat's Hannah Samlowski added an end-to-end goal less than seven minutes into the second half to make it 6-1, Battle Mountain made a resounding response. The Huskies Alex Lee top shelved a goal at the 10:32 mark and another three minutes later to cut the Steamboat lead to 6-3. McMillin got her second and third of the game minutes later to cut the lead to 6-5 with 3:27 left in the game. 

And who else responded but Aurin. 

The sophomore netted two more in the final 2:30 for the final result. 

"We played last year, and we had a lot of trouble even fielding a team," Aurin said. "This year, it's nice because we have a lot more players interested. We're learning to play as a team."

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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