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Huskies come out shooting, roll past Sailors in first game back from Spring Break

Steamboat Springs' Lucy Shimek is knocked to the ground by a Battle Mountain player Monday as the Sailors took on the Huskies in a key league matchup. The Huskies won the game 13-7.

— Members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team returned from spring break Monday to be greeted by the Battle Mountain Huskies in a key Mountain League match.

But it was likely not the welcome the Sailors had hoped for, as the Huskies came out swinging en route to a 13-7 victory.

"We definitely felt confident after our last few matches. We have had some good runs, and we are full-strength with our team. Everyone is healthy," Battle Mountain coach Jason Fitzgerald said. "We knew what to expect. Steamboat is a good program, and their team studs put the ball in the back of the net."

But Monday at Gardner Field, it was Battle Mountain's studs who were putting the ball in the back of the net. Junior Julia Heid got things rolling, scoring the first of her three goals with 22 minutes left in the first half.

That early goal ignited an offensive explosion for the Huskies, with Chloe Doctor adding another 30 seconds later, followed by still another from Haley Frischholz for a 3-0 Battle Mountain lead with just under 20 minutes left to play in the first half. Doctor added another to make the spread 4-0 before the Sailors could find the board.

Steamboat’s Lucy Shimek gave her team life, netting a goal with 15:27 left in the half, and teammate Riley Schott added another as the dropped to less than two minutes, but that represented all the first-half offense the home team could muster against a tough Battle Mountain defense,

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Before the end of the half, Battle Mountain's Katie Kessenich, Heid and Doctor had all added goals, and Schott's goal, just before the buzzer, made the halftime score 8-2.

"At halftime, we tried to rally our troops together," Shimek said after the game. "It was spring break, and I bet a lot of our girls didn't touch their sticks, but I know of a couple that did. I think we played exceptionally well against a team like Battle Mountain."

Despite the large halftime deficit, Steamboat came out fighting in the second. The Sailors would eventually close the gap to 10-5, but the Steamboat push was short-lived, as the Huskies netted the next three goals to put the game away.

Doctor, who had two goals in the second half, led Battle Mountain with five total. Heide also scored in the second, finishing the game with three. Eleanor Sheahan and Berit Kirchner also collected second half goals.

Steamboat got two second-half goals from Schott and two from Shimek — both finished with hat tricks — as well as a goal from Cassett Yeager. But in the end, it just wasn't enough to upset the Huskies, who improved to 8-3 for the season and 4-1 in league play.

The Sailors are now 10-3, overall, and 3-3 in league play, with one game remaining against Eagle Valley Wednesday in Steamboat. It will be the Sailors’ final game of the 2017 season.

"It was a factor,” Sailors coach Betsy Frick said of returning to play following a long break. “Was it a big factor? It's hard to say. It's always hard to be super sharp when you have been off for 10 days.

“We played fairly well, but we did not play as well as we played Battle Mountain the first time. We just were not as cohesive this time. I don't know if it was nerves or there was sort of this sense among the players that we need to do it, and we need to do it now. We just needed to slow down and work together."

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