Girls lax team positive despite losses

Joel Reichenberger

— It got difficult at times, Megan Limberg explained Saturday afternoon. She just finished up her senior season playing with the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team.

It was her only season. Friends talked her into giving the sport a try, and there were times it was difficult, she said. Saturday’s final score, a 24-4 senior day loss to Aspen, was a fine example.

The team finished its season 1-13 and on the wrong end of plenty of games like Saturday’s.

Still, even with the frustration of the losses and with the difficulty of learning a new sport, there were no regrets on a sunny Saturday in Steamboat Springs.

“The environment is fun here,” she said. “I felt like I fit in, and everyone helped me.”

Steamboat couldn’t hang with Aspen on Saturday. The Skiers jumped out early and kept the pressure on. Steamboat senior Summer Dorr had 18 saves in goal, but she was bombarded by shots throughout the game as the Sailors struggled to match Aspen’s passing while on offense and to match up with the Skiers while on defense.

The Sailors got two goals from Wyleigh Myers and one each from Cassett Yeager and Kaelyn Kauffmann.

“At the beginning we struggled with communication on defense,” Dorr said. “By the end, we had that down, but Aspen is just really skilled.”

The Skiers got scoring from 11 different players and were led by four goals from Paige Johnson.

Steamboat ends its season with one win, a 16-2 victory against Telluride that ended up deciding last place in the league.

Still, as Saturday’s seniors bid farewell to their Steamboat lacrosse careers, they did so with optimism for the program.

There were three seniors — Limberg, Dorr and Kauffmann — but 20 freshmen and sophomores on the team, and even more young players coming.

“We have a bunch of girls coming up from elementary and middle school, and they’re doing great already,” Limberg said. “We definitely have a lot of potential for the future.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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