Big finish |

Big finish

Sailors girls lacrosse team ends season with win over Kent Denver

— Tracy Norman didn’t believe her team would have the tools to get it done against Kent Denver.

Without six of their starters, the Sailors had to face the highly ranked Sun Devils after just losing to the Wheat Ridge Farmers, 17-4, Saturday.

But in their final regular-season game, the Sailors rose to the occasion, pulling off an 8-4 upset at Memorial Field.

“We came out here to have fun the second game,” said Norman, a team captain.

“We all thought we were going to get killed the second game, but we played well. I’m very impressed with our team.”

The Sailors jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, which surprised even the Steamboat fans.

The Sun Devils, 6-3-1, are one of the top 10 teams in the state 5A Class. They also were missing some starters for Saturday’s game.

Lauren Baumann fired in five goals against Kent Denver, including one just before halftime that gave Steamboat a 4-1 advantage.

The Sun Devils retaliated in the second half, closing the margin to 6-4 on a shot by Jessye Bennett with about five minutes to go.

But Shelly Dunlop’s goal with about four minutes remaining sealed the win for the Sailors, who improved to 3-4 overall and 2-3 in the league.

Dunlop’s goal gave the Sailors some breathing room, coach Chris Polumbus said.

“At that point, we could feel secure enough about our lead that we could just keep stalling,” Polumbus said.

Dunlop finished with two goals and Lauren Weaver also made a goal.

Sherwood Dunlop got an assist.

“This is a huge upset,” Polumbus said. “Granted they didn’t have their full varsity, but we didn’t have ours, either. All in all, a win is a win.”

Sharon Norman and Shelly Dunlop both made scores against Wheat Ridge, while Baumann picked up two goals.

Dunlop had an assist.

Sailors keeper Dierdra Kiely had 19 saves on the day, including 15 against Wheat Ridge.

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