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Sailors lacrosse stays on top of Mountain Conference, 7-0

Luke Graham

— It could have been an eerie scenario for the Steamboat Springs High School lacrosse team.

The Sailors hadn’t played in 10 days because of weather postponements. Their practices had been relegated to gym work and minimal time outside. Plus they had never faced Tuesday’s opponent, Eagle Valley.

Steamboat coach Bob Hiester admitted there were some nervous thoughts before the game.

But any anxiousness was put on hold within the first three minutes of Tuesday’s 15-1 win, as the Sailors put on a clinic and remained atop the Mountain Conference with a perfect 7-0 record.

“If you looked at the other scores, I think we were a better team,” Hiester said. “The nervousness comes from worrying about not playing as a team and doing too much individual stuff. I never thought we’d lose but was worried we could make it one of those raggedy things. But we set the tempo for the game. I was very pleased.”

Steamboat went up, 3-0, in the first three minutes Tuesday, getting goals from Garret Ehrick, Jack Spady and Andrew White.

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It snowballed from there, with nearly every Steamboat player filling up the stat sheet.

Ehrick and Grippa each scored twice more, Gus Worden tossed in a couple, Tyler Samlowski snuck one in the net, and Jackson Coe scored to give Steamboat an 11-1 lead heading into halftime.

Save for an Anders Blomquist goal late in the first quarter, Steamboat showed why it has been – and judging by Tuesday will continue to be – the class of the Mountain Conference.

“I think our communities are very similar,” Eagle Valley coach Eric Mandeville said about similarities between his and the Steamboat programs. “They’ve got a strong program and have been playing a long time. We have the capability. These kids play hard. We have the makings of a program. It’s just going to take some time. Just like any skilled sport, it’s going to take some time. But we’ll get there.”

Ehrick, Grippa, Brian Bertrand and Wilber Ranieri added Steamboat goals in the third quarter to complete the rout.

Steamboat now turns its attention to the team’s biggest game of the season at 4 p.m. today at home against Aspen. The Sailors beat the Skiers, 8-5, earlier this year and could move one game closer to a conference championship with a win.

“We can’t get complacent,” Hiester said. “We have to look at things we need to do to get better.”