Sailors lacrosse scores early in 10-4 win |

Sailors lacrosse scores early in 10-4 win

— The Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team rolled to a huge first-half lead Friday against the Grand Valley Lightning in Grand Junction.

That early advantage was enough to carry the Sailors to a 10-4 victory.

“I never felt comfortable (with the lead),” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “They were a pretty good lacrosse team. We didn’t panic when they started pulling closer and got the momentum. We kept battling.”

Steamboat outscored the Lightning, 4-3, in the second half, but it was the first half that proved decisive. The Sailors built a 6-0 lead before the break.

Gus Worden led Steamboat with three goals. Chase Grippa and Andrew White added two each, while Garret Ehrick, Tyler Samlowski and Jack Spady each scored one.

Hiester said the offensive surge was welcome, but he pointed to the fact that his team picked up only one assist, demonstrating the strength of Grand Valley’s defense and the resourcefulness of Steamboat.

“They came back in the second and third period, but we kept good pressure on them,” Hiester said. “I don’t think (the Lightning) had seen that caliber of lacrosse, but they adjusted well. Still, we never let up.”

The Sailors will wrap up their two-game road trip today when they travel to Durango.

“We need to do a better job controlling the tempo of the game,” Hiester said. “At times, we didn’t do a great job of that.”

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