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Cutting down Evergreen

Sailors defeat Cougars, 6-1, at home

Melinda Mawdsley

Sandwiched between a Thursday and Saturday game, Friday’s girls lacrosse practice wasn’t supposed to be fun. It was supposed to be fundamental.

The Steamboat Springs team worked on basic skills such as picking up ground balls and passing and catching the ball.

Saturday, it showed as Steamboat defeated Evergreen, 6-1, at Gardner Field.

Sailors coach Sarah James said they could have — and should have — played better, but she noticed a marked improvement in Steamboat’s passing game.

The Sailors wasted little time showing off some of their stick skills when the trio of Erin Bomberg, Hana Zittel and Brittany Innes hooked up for the game’s first goal at the 20:29 mark of the first half.

Bomberg flicked a pass from just beyond midfield up to Zittel, who promptly flipped it over to Innes who barreled toward the goal, scoring the first of her foul goals Saturday.

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“We still have a lot to work on,” Innes said after the win. “Offensively, we’ve been trying to work on plays.”

If Steamboat struggled in one area Saturday, it was on its set plays. While Evergreen’s sagging defense made it difficult to squeeze any pass in around the crease, Steamboat didn’t make it any easier by forcing passes inside or simply turning the ball over near the Evergreen goal.

The Sailors wound up with six goals in the win, but they scored seven against Columbine on Thursday, and Columbine was a better team than Evergreen.

Defensively, Steamboat held Evergreen scoreless for most of the game. The only shot the Cougars got past Sailor freshman goalie Courtney Adamo came with 6:15 left in the game.

James said Adamo’s play this year has been great, considering it’s her first year of high school lacrosse. Saturday, she made 11 saves.

James said she has been impressed with the progress her relatively young squad has made in less than two months. Spring practices started Feb. 17, and the Sailors opened the season March 13.

“Their learning curve is beyond my comprehension,” she said.

While Innes, a senior, is a proven scorer, the Sailors found others willing to take shots Saturday.

Bomberg gave her team a 3-0 lead with 2:03 left in the first half. Evergreen goalie Alyssa Seiner, who had five saves Saturday, stopped Bomberg’s initial shot, but inadvertently knocked the ball into the net, while trying to pick it up with her stick. Bomberg was credited with the goal.

Maria Heilner put Steamboat up four at the 13:08 mark in the second. She lost control of the ball as she cut toward the goal but regained it right before she drilled a shot past Seiner.

Innes, who scored two goals in the first half, added two more with less than nine minutes to go to give the Sailors the 6-1 win.

Steamboat (2-4 overall) returns to action at 4 p.m. Thursday against Dakota Ridge at Gardner Field.