Steamboat lacrosse takes conference title
Sailors boys team handles Battle Mountain, 13-3, to secure championship
April 15, 2009
Steamboat Springs — It’d be easy for David Mucklow to get bored as the goaltender for the Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team.
But the junior admits that the offense he gets to watch makes games much more entertaining than boring.
“I don’t get bored watching our offense,” said Mucklow, whose team has outscored its opponents 132-41 this year. “It’s fun watching our offense.”
In what has become a common occurrence, Mucklow had a light load on Tuesday, as his offense took care of Battle Mountain by peppering the net, finding balanced scoring and picking up a 13-3 win.
It was the seventh straight game in which Steamboat has scored more than 10 goals and eighth time in a row Mucklow has given up less than five. The win also gives Steamboat (11-0 overall) the inaugural Mountain Conference title.
As the Sailors have done so often this season, they pretty much decided the outcome of the game in the first quarter.
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Steamboat scored six goals in the first 12 minutes, getting contributions from five different players. By the time halftime hit, Steamboat had extended its lead to 9-1.
“We continue to play at a high level,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “The first half was a good half of lacrosse. It was pretty good, balanced scoring.”
The Sailors chalked up three more goals in the third quarter to make it a running clock for most of the second half.
Save for two Battle Mountain goals by Jon Paul Ferzacca and one late one by Reeve Sanders, Steamboat dominated the pace of play.
“It’s never fun to play back-to-back, especially the same team,” said Huskies coach Bob Daino, whose team lost to Steamboat, 14-3, on Monday. “Then when you have to play Steamboat, who has been at this awhile, and it’s tough. : It’s going to be a few years before we can catch up and be at that caliber.”
Even with two regular season games left – the first at 2 p.m. today, at home against Grand Valley – Steamboat has clinched the school’s first lacrosse playoff spot.
Although the Sailors won’t know whom they’ll play, where they’ll play or their seed for several weeks, goal No. 1 now is officially in the books.
“It’s obviously pleasing,” Hiester said about the conference title. “It’s something we talked about, but until you get there, you’re never sure. But the kids sure have played well.”
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