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Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team rolls past Vail Mountain

Steamboat Springs senior Joe DeLine passes the ball through two Vail Mountain players Monday evening during the Sailors 22-6 win over the Gore Rangers at home.

— It only took a few seconds for Steamboat Springs senior Drew Williamson to find the back of the net Monday setting the tone for the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team to put together a dominating performance against the visiting Vail Mountain Gore Rangers.

"It feels good to get a win back on our side after a couple of close loses this season," Sailors head coach Jay Lattimore said after Monday's game. There is a lot to build on from this win, and it is definitely good to see the boys smiling again."

Williamson's goal was set up by a strong pass from teammate Davis Peterson. The score, about eight seconds into the game, gave the home team the lead and, more importantly, the momentum Steamboat was looking for after a disappointing 11-10 overtime loss to rival Battle Mountain on Saturday.

Tait Dixson had six goals in the win against Vail Mountain, including two in the first quarter. He said the showing against Vail Mountain was an important league victory and a game he will not soon forget.

"I've never had a game like that ," Dixson said about his goal total. "We were passing the ball well, we had good ground balls and played really well offensively. It was a good night."

Steamboat's early offensive punch also was sparked by fellow senior Jackson Draper, who added three goals to Dixson's total. Davis Petersen and Joe Borgerding scored to help Steamboat jump to an 8-1 lead. Vail's Robby Gruber helped his team escape the first quarter shut out after he scored with 12 seconds remaining in the quarter.

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Vail looked to make things interesting in the second quarter after getting two goals from midfielder Dylan Hardenbergh to make the score 8-3. The two teams battled a back-and-fourth second quarter, but Steamboat never relinquished control of the game getting two goals from Dixson, another from Petersen and one from Chris Kaminski to keep a sizable lead at 12 -4.

"Lacrosse is a game of momentum and we've had our problem's keeping the momentum in the games this year. Especially in the third quarter" Dixson said. "But tonight we were able to respond, and we kept the momentum."

Vail Mountain pulled to within 13-5 in the third, but the home team's lead was never threatened as the Sailors added six goals in the quarter, including four unanswered that all but ended the Vail Mountain team's hope of a comeback. Steamboat added five more goals in the final period to close out the game at 22-6.

Dixson led the team in scoring with six goals, teammates Draper and Petersen both had four goals and Williamson added three to the Sailors total. Kaminski and Borgerding each added two, and Jackson Patrick also had a goal in the win.

The victory ended a two-game slide by Steamboat and evens the Sailors record at 2-2 for the season. The team will host Evergreen (0-2) on Friday before traveling to Grand Junction (1-1) on Saturday.

The loss drops Vail Mountain to 1-2 this season as the team is scheduled to host Summit tonight in Vail.

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