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Sailors draw Aspen in playoffs

Steamboat Springs High School Sailors

— The playoff field is set for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team.

The Sailors drew the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A state tournament, and they'll hit the road Wednesday to face one of the most familiar and bitter of rivals — Aspen, the No. 7 seed.

Steamboat will play at Aspen at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

For one of the two teams, the season will end the way it started, with a Sailors-Skiers matchup. The two teams met in the first game of the 2017 season. Aspen held off a late Steamboat charge to pull out a tight victory at Steamboat, winning 8-7.

"We're super stoked to be where we're at," Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said.

Aspen went on to finish with an 11-4 regular season record. The Skiers had a 9-1 record in the Mountain League, good enough to win that division.

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Steamboat, meanwhile, went 8-7 and had a whole lot of games that looked like that first one.

Five of the team's seven losses were by one goal, and another loss was by two.

The Sailors finished with a 7-3 record in the Western Conference, good for second place behind Vail Mountain, which got the No. 4 overall seed in the tournament.

Dawson School, 14-1, is the state's top seed. It will play against Summit, in at No. 16. Battle Mountain also made the field, getting the No. 15 seed. It will open up against No. 2 Valor Christian.

Girls lacrosse, girls soccer out of playoffs

The season officially ended Sunday for two other spring sports teams.

The girls lacrosse team finished its season 11-4, far and away the best record the team has ever logged.

A weak strength of schedule — 48th out of the state's 52 teams — kept Steamboat's RPI ranking for rising with its record, however. The Sailors finished No. 29 in the RPI standings, out of the 20-team tournament.

Aspen, which won the Mountain League in which Steamboat played, got the No. 16 seed in the 20-team tournament. Battle Mountain is seeded No. 17.

The girls soccer team finished 46th in the Class 4A RPI rankings, leaving it out of the 32-team 4A field. It's only the second time since 2003 the team hasn't had a spot in the playoffs.

Palisade, which won the Western Slope League, got the No. 10 seed. Glenwood Springs is in at No. 16 and Eagle Valley at No. 22.

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