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Sailors bounce back, earn split with Vail

Steamboat Springs High School Sailors

— Saturday proved a new day for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team — an awfully good new day.

After losing to Vail Mountain less than 24 hours prior in Steamboat, the Sailors went on the road to Vail and beat the Gore Rangers 8-5, avenging the loss in the regular season's final game.

"The guys rallied, and everyone stepped up and played great," coach Jay Lattimore said. "The guys were hyped up. We were definitely hyped up more for this game. We didn't want to go 0-2 against those guys. We had a 'backs against the wall' mentality and came out and played hard."

Steamboat was even without leading scorer Davis Peterson, who sustained an injury in Friday's game. They overcame that thanks to three goals from Max Lynch. Kieran Hahn scored two and had one assist. Jacob Gilbertson had one goal and four assists, while David LaPointe and Tallak Mhyre had one goal each.

The Sailors got the lead early, then held on throughout the game.

The wins pushes the squad back above .500, to an 8-7 regular season record, and it likely locks them into a spot in the Class 4A state playoffs. The team was 11th in the RPI standings going into the game, so is likely to secure a place in the 16-team playoff field.

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Vail was ranked No. 6 in Class 4A by chsaanow.com in its most recent poll and was in the No.-3 spot in RPI before Saturday's game.

"It was a huge win," Lattimore said. "After losing to them yesterday, it was really big to come back and beat a team like that, a good team that was 13-1."

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