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Steamboat lacrosse rolls by George Washington

Sailors cruise past Patriots, 17-6

— George Washington High School scored the first goal in Monday afternoon's lacrosse game in Denver, but it was Steamboat Springs' Sailors who scored the most.

The Sailors, 10-1 overall and 7-0 in league play, quickly removed any rust from spring break and picked up a big 17-6 road win against the Patriots in the team's first game back from the weeklong layoff.

"This was just what we had hoped for," coach Bob Hiester said.

Hiester said the nonleague game gave the Steamboat players a chance to polish their stick handling, get back out on the field and find their skills after the break. The coach was happy with the way his team played, offensively and defensively, in the return. He also was thrilled that the team came away with the win.

Brian Bertrand led the team with five goals and an assist. Eight other Steamboat Springs High School players scored in the game, including three goals from Grant McCannon and two each from Tyler Samlowski and Lance Ostrom. Erik Owen, Garret Ehrick, Andrew White and freshman Christian Ramirez also scored once in the game. Jackson Coe scored and had an assist.

"Once again, we had a really balanced scoring attack, and that's what you want to see," Hiester said. "We didn't have just one guy scoring. It's coming from everyone."

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After George Washington scored the first goal in Monday's game, Steamboat responded with five goals of its own. The Sailors added six more in the second quarter to race to an 11-2 halftime lead. Steamboat then cruised to the win with three goals in each of the final quarters. George Washington's offense picked up a bit in the second half, but the Patriots could not keep pace. Hiester said the Sailors now are focused on the regular season finale, at 4 p.m. Friday against Aspen in Steamboat Springs. Steamboat already has clinched the league and is looking forward to the start of the playoffs. The seeding meeting is scheduled to take place May 3.

— To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209 or e-mail

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