Cheyenne Mountain drops SSHS boys lacrosse
April 9, 2016
Steamboat Springs — The last time the Cheyenne Mountain boys' lacrosse team played at Steamboat Springs High School — in 2014 — they fell 14-13 in overtime after holding a late lead on the Sailors.
So, when Steamboat senior Drew Williamson scored a goal in the final seconds of the second quarter of Saturday's game at Gardner Field — the only Sailor goal in a difficult first half — Cheyenne Mountain coach Mike Page made sure that momentum didn't carry past the halftime break.
"We were up three goals a couple of years ago with two minutes left, and we lost the game. We didn't want to take any mental time off," Page said. "I thought the guys, even though they were fatigued at the end, they did an outstanding job. We knew we had to keep this avalanche moving forward and not let them try to get the momentum back from us."
Three quick goals to open the second half essentially put the game to rest, cementing a 12-3 win for Cheyenne Mountain (7-2), ranked No. 3 in Class 4A, over the No. 7-ranked Sailors. The loss was the first for Steamboat (6-3) since losing to Battle Mountain on March 26 and ended a streak of five consecutive wins.
"Cheyenne Mountain is a great program. They've had our number for two years now, so hats off to them," Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said. "They just came out definitely a little more prepared. They are the better team at this part of the season. It gives us something to build on."
The Indians led 3-0 after a quarter and 7-0 late in the second quarter before Williamson's goal as time was about to expire put Steamboat on the scoreboard. By the time SSHS sophomore Davis Petersen added a second goal with four minutes to play in the third, Cheyenne Mountain had already reached double digits.
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Senior Tait Dixson scored Steamboat's third goal a few minutes after Petersen's, but the Indians answered with a goal as time expired in the period to take an 11-3 lead into the fourth. Their final goal came with less than three minutes to play.
"We adjusted our zone slightly. We knew they had seen that zone before, and we just had some outstanding play," Page said of his team's notorious zone defense, which held the Sailors to their lowest total since a 17-3 loss to Kent Denver in the 2012 state playoffs. "We've really tried to work on patience and execution, that you are poised in the game, and I thought this was the best game they've played yet this year."
Sophomore August Johnson and junior Jack Clancy each had four goals to lead the Indians. Junior Luke Paige recorded 18 saves in net for Cheyenne Mountain.
Steamboat, which played three games in four days, is off until Wednesday, when it travels to Glenwood Springs. The Sailors will then play at Eagle Valley on Friday before entering spring break.
"It puts us back in our spot a little bit and shows us what we need to work on and what else is out there," Lattimore said of the loss. "The guys, they have a lot of character. They are always keeping their head in the game. So just build on that, and next time we see them, we won't get down so much."
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