Aspen’s second-half surge finishes Steamboat
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was right where it wanted to be, tied with Aspen at halftime of a key rivalry game.
Then the second half happened.
The Sailors couldn’t keep pace with the Skiers on Tuesday and fell on the road, losing at Aspen, 15-8.
“We had some ups and downs in the game, but definitely one half of the game we let things get away from us,” Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said. “It was hard for us to rebound from that.”
The Sailors were outscored 6-1 in the third quarter, giving the Skiers all the gap they needed. Three of those goals came in a man-up situation for the Skiers after a penalty slowed Steamboat.
The difference, Lattimore said, was in experience.
“Aspen was just able to take advantage of a couple of our mistakes,” he said. “Our guys, they played their hearts out today, but we just had a couple of mental errors from some young guys. That’s going to happen against a good team.”
Steamboat got two goals each from Jackson Darper, Willy Gunn and Drew Williamson, while Zach Rosa and Tate Dixson each added one. Gunn had two assists and Rosa one.
Lattimore said Peter Wharton was strong in goal for the Sailors.
Steamboat’s now 5-3 and will set off on a two-day roadtrip this weekend. It plays at Vail Mountain on Friday, then at Cheyenne Mountain on Saturday.
That won’t be any easy place to play. Aspen’s the No. 2 ranked team in the state by CHSAANow.com. Cheyenne Mountain’s No. 3.
“They’re kind a non-conference rival of ours,” Lattimore said. “We know if we can win that game, we’ll be feeling pretty good.”
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