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Steamboat lacrosse cruises in season-opener

Luke Graham
Steamboat Springs' Ben Massey takes a pass from a teammate during the first high school lacrosse game of the season Friday afternoon at Gardner Field. The Sailors hosted the Telluride Miners.John F. Russell

— Steamboat Springs High School senior David Lea was the loneliest man in Steamboat Springs on Friday afternoon. 

As the goaltender for the Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse team, Lea's job in a season-opening 19-2 win against Telluride involved little action and lots of waiting. 

The most action Lea saw was at the beginning of the second half when senior Erik Owen won the opening faceoff, weaved back and passed to the goalie.

"Standing by yourself is king of lonely," Lea said. "But that was the game. I'm happy the offense was able to work their drills."

It was evident right from the start what Telluride — in its first year with a varsity program — was up against. 

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Steamboat has had a second mortgage in the Mountain Conference for two years now, a stretch with Friday's win that now covers 22 straight wins. 

Steamboat got contributions from just about everyone. Grant McCannon and John Wharton each scored four goals. Jackson Coe and Christian Ramirez had two, while Wilber Ranieri, Erik Owen, Michael Savory, Kai Rogers, David Robey, Regan Walton and Aleck Gantick each had one.

"Our first year, I remember going down to Monarch and getting beat 22-2 in the same kind of thing," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "Those kids hustled and had a good attitude. It's hard for us because it's easy to develop bad habits."

There weren't many bad habits developed in a one-sided first half. Steamboat took a 9-0 first-quarter lead, thanks in large part to three goals from McCannon. The Sailors pushed it to 13-0. 

The Miners finally got going late in the third when Sam Demas scored the first of his two goals.

"When you play teams like that, it's a game where it's more like a practice for us," McCannon said. "It's just fine-tuning our skills that we need against teams like Mountain Vista." 

Steamboat will have to be better today when the team travels for a noon game at Mountain Vista. 

Despite the win, the Sailors struggled catching the ball and having it knocked out of their baskets. Those errors will have to be cleaned up before Steamboat faces its first real test today. 

"Against a quality team," Hiester said, "it will be a whole different ball game." 

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or e-mail

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