Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse falls at Rock Canyon |

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse falls at Rock Canyon

Luke Graham

Michael Wong pursues a Rock Canyon player Saturday during the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse game. The Sailors fell, 10-6.

— The curse of Rock Canyon continues.

The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team, which was 0-4 against the 5A team coming in, lost again Saturday, falling 10-6.

The game was tight throughout, and Steamboat trailed just 7-6 in the past three minutes, before Rock Canyon pulled away.

"We played, at times, really well," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "But we had a couple of downs, and they're a really good team. You can't do that against a team like this."

Steamboat started slow, trailing 4-2 after one quarter and 7-3 at half. The Sailors cut it to 7-4 heading into the fourth quarter, but the rally never fully developed.

"I think it took us awhile to adjust to the speed of the game," Hiester said.

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Steamboat again got balanced scoring. Ben Wharton led the charge with two goals. Peter White, Thomas Tarcha, Christian Ramirez and Dane Dixson each had one. Steamboat also had assists on five of its six goals.

The team did struggle, though, with ground balls. The Jaguars won that battle, 22-10.

"As we know, that's always a key factor," Hiester said.

Steamboat doesn't get much of a reprieve. The Sailors settle in for a busy stretch as the team plays four games in seven days.

It begins with a key Mountain League game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Battle Mountain. The Huskies are having a strong year and sit tied atop the league with Aspen.

Steamboat, now 5-2, will view the game as an almost must win if it wants to defend its stranglehold on the league crown.

"Our kids will bounce back," Hiester said. "We're still a good team. We've got to fine tune some things and get ready for a pretty good spell of lacrosse."

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