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Sailors bounce back as boys lacrosse team slams Eagle Valley

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — All was right Thursday for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse, a significant improvement after the team lost Wednesday.

The Sailors bounced back from that setback with a 13-3 trouncing of league foe Eagle Valley. The team lost Wednesday 15-5 against Thompson Valley in a non-conference game.

"The guys were pretty focused after a let-down game," coach Jay Lattimore said. "They were into it yesterday, but today had a different mindset that they had to take care of business. It was a conference opponent, so that's always more important than a non-conference game."

Playing Thursday in a game delayed by heavy snowfall, the Sailors had little trouble building a lead then adding to it throughout the game.

Senior Davis Petersen led the Sailors on offense, scoring four goals. Kieran Hahn had three and Ben Hoefer two while Tallak Mhyre, Mac Moody, David LaPointe, Macray Dillingham and Jack Strotbeck all each scored once.

Mhyre, Hoefer and Petersen each contributed two assists and Hahn one.

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The team also got a much-improved game defensively.

Hunter Esswein played a strong game in goal.

"We worked on our defense, tried to fix a few things we were doing wrong, and they obviously did pretty well with that," Lattimore said. "The defense showed up a little more focused, and we cut down on our mistakes."

It's early in the season, but this is nevertheless an important stretch for the squad. The team is in the midst of a stretch that includes three games in four days and five in 10 days.

They make up for that later in the season, going two weeks without a game when Steamboat Springs High School goes on spring break in late April, but now's the time for the team to tally some wins, and that's what it got against Eagle Valley, a first league win.

The team is at home again at 12:30 p.m. Saturday against Golden, a non-conference opponent but ranked No. 10 in the state in preseason polls, a win the Sailors would love to grab.

Steamboat, 2-1, then travels Tuesday to play at Glenwood, which is another league game, and later next week, will face down Windsor, ranked No. 8 in the state, at home.

"Last year, we had the third toughest schedule in the state, and we're playing the same teams this year," Lattimore said. "The conference games are the most important, but a game like Golden can be really important to build confidence after the Thompson letdown."

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