Girls lacrosse season ends with loss
Steamboat Springs — A storybook ending it wasn’t for the Steamboat Springs High School girls’ lacrosse team, which finished its season Friday with a weather-shortened 13-3 loss to Grand Junction at Gardner Field.
“It’s not ideal,” SSHS coach Betsy Frick said. “It’s very anticlimactic. It seems like you don’t have closure when you’re inside, you wait, are we on, are we going back?”
The teams played a complete first half — Grand Junction (12-2 overall) leading 11-3 at the break — before intense rain and lightning overtook the field, resulting in a weather delay. The teams played less than four minutes of the second half — the Tigers adding two more goals — before the game was finally called.
Rules state that if the deficit is 10 goals or more and the contest is in a lightning delay, the game is automatically over.
Freshman Lucy Shimek scored two of the Sailors’ goals, with freshman Alicia Mitchell scoring the third.
Steamboat, which finished the season 4-10 overall, played with a short bench. The Sailors suffered a setback before the game even started when junior Cassett Yeager dislocated her shoulder only minutes prior to the teams lining up for the National Anthem.
“They were just playing good defense on a warm-up, and she landed on it,” Frick said. “That puts a damper on it. There were some other things going on with health and injuries. Somebody got pinkeye on Wednesday; somebody else got sick last night. It’s not the way we want to end a season.”
The future looks bright for Sailor girls lacrosse, however. The team loses only two seniors — Becky Brown and Brittney Starks — and has a large and growing program coming up through the middle and elementary schools.
“We have 21 players, sixth through eighth grade, and probably 14 or 15 of them are eighth graders. So, we are super looking forward to having a big ninth grade class next year,” Frick said. “In a perfect world, you get enough, and we can have a JV team. But we’ll have to see on that. But there is a ton of enthusiasm.”
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