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Steamboat girls lacrosse teams up on Summit as Battle Mountain rematch looms

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Plenty went right last week when the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team went on the road to beat Battle Mountain, the Sailors first-ever win against the Huskies.

Much of what went right started with Steamboat's two high-scoring stars, sophomore Riley Schott and junior Lucy Shimek, who combined to put away 12 of Steamboat's 14 goals in that game. So, it seems pretty clear that when Battle Mountain makes the return trip Friday to play in Steamboat, the Huskies will have their eyes solidly fixed on Schott and Shimek.

That's what makes a game like Wednesday's so important, Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said.

Playing at home for the first time all season, Sailors used a huge mid-game surge to pull away from Summit, eventually winning 16-7.

The win bumped Steamboat to a 4-5 record overall and to 2-1 on the Mountain Conference. That's all nice, Frick said, but what was really good Wednesday was the fact that those 16 goals came from six different girls, and three girls contributed assists.

"That's huge for us," Frick said. "That makes us harder to defend. It means a lot of people are moving and getting free and it just shows a much better team effort.”

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Shimek and Schott still led the way.

Shimek had one of her best days scoring this season tallying six goals. She also had three assists.

Schott added four goals and an assist. Wyleigh Myers and Isa DeMorat each scored twice, and Alicia Mitchell and Sammy Kennedy each had one. Julia McCarthy also had an assist, Ava Thiel had eight saves in Steamboat's goal, and Alexa Paoli had two interceptions.

"The best part about the win was how many players truly contributed," Frick said.

Steamboat led 4-1 early, but things got tight after Summit tucked in a pair of goals midway through the first half, cutting the Sailors' lead to one.

Steamboat scored the next six goals to close out the half, then two more to start the second half, an eight-goal flurry that put the game out of reach.

Now, the Sailors have their eyes set on a rematch with Battle Mountain, a game set for 4 p.m. Friday at Steamboat Springs High School.

"When we played at Battle Mountain, Riley was on fire and Lucy had a big game, too, so guaranteed they're going to key in on those two," Frick said. "It'll be all the more important for other players to step up and for us to have a team effort again."

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