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Steamboat boys lacrosse draws No. 10 seed

Sailors will play at Golden on Tuesday

Steamboat boys lacrosse coach Jay Lattimore looks on during a break in Saturday's game against Douglas County.

— Maybe, Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse coach Jay Lattimore said, a loss to end the regular season isn't so bad.

The Sailors lost at home Saturday to Douglas County 11-9. Lattimore may never fully know if that was the difference between a first-round home game in the state playoffs or the fate his team did draw, but, he said, he's hoping it sharpened the Sailors' focus, as they enter the win-or-go-home phase of the season.

Steamboat was assigned the No. 10 seed in the 16-team Class 4A state lacrosse bracket on Monday. The Sailors will travel to play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at No. 7 Golden High School.

"A loss can open your eyes a little," Lattimore said. "A loss shows us what we need to work on now, and that can really help come playoff time."

Golden has a 12-3 overall record and finished fourth in the Foothills League, stacked with several of the state's top teams.

Steamboat's 10-5 and finished third in the Mountain League, though it had only one league loss and was the first team from the league selected for the playoffs.

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"I thought we'd be a little higher, but I'm pretty happy with our matchup against a Golden team having a pretty good year," Lattimore said.

Lattimore said he used to clash frequently with Golden when he was coaching at Wheat Ridge High School, and he came away plenty impressed with the program.

Golden was led in scoring by senior J.P. Simpson, who put away 42 goals this season and had 30 assists. Senior Cole Cuttitta had 33 goals and 10 assists, while junior A.J. Greiner had 28 goals and 19 assists.

"I know they're a good hustling team and pretty scrappy," Lattimore said. "We have to be ready for a good battle. We have to go in there and, even if we're not the better team, hustle, and our skills should take us to a better spot."

The winner of Tuesday's game will play against the winner of a game between Valor Christian, the No. 2 seed, and Durango, No. 15.

Dawson School is the tournament's top-seeded team.

In addition to Steamboat and Durango, the Mountain League had four other entries, filling out most of the bottom part of the bracket. Aspen is seeded 11th, Battle Mountain 12th, Vail Mountain 14th and Durango 15th.

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