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Sailor girls lax hangs tough with St. Mary’s

Austin Colbert

Steamboat Springs High School Sailors

— Facing arguably its toughest opponent so far this season, the Steamboat Springs High School girls' lacrosse team held its own in a 16-8 loss to undefeated St. Mary's Academy in Englewood.

"We did a great job of winning draws early on, and that made a huge difference," Steamboat coach Betsy Frick said. "Our defense was pretty awesome the second half. We did a good job of double teaming their players and pushing them off their drives to goal."

The Sailors (4-4) led 2-0 before a decisive run by the Wildcats (5-0) leading into halftime seemingly put the game away. The teams played an even second half, in large part due to the nine second-half saves by SSHS goalie Brittney Starks.

Freshman Lucy Shimek led the Sailors with five goals, followed by two from Cassett Yeager and one from Becky Brown. Brown led the team with three assists.

"I was really impressed with how close we hung with them," Frick said. "We do need to work on getting a little more balanced on attack, but overall, it was a hard-fought game and probably a little more even than the score indicates."

Steamboat will next play a junior varsity only game Friday at Roaring Fork. The varsity team returns to action Saturday with an 11 a.m. game in Aspen.

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There was also a change in next week's schedule. The Sailors were set to host Eagle Valley on April 14, but the Devils did not have the game on their schedule and cannot add it, as that would push them past the 15-game limit.

With that game now canceled, Steamboat's only contest next week will be Wednesday at Battle Mountain, which was originally scheduled for March 31 but pushed back due to weather.

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