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Home-opening win

Girls lacrosse team posts 10-5 victory over visiting Ralston Valley

— The Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team opened its home season with a 10-5 victory over Ralston Valley behind a solid first-half performance and a dominating offensive display from senior Lauren Baumann.

On the game’s opening draw, Baumann snagged the ball and sprinted toward the Mustangs’ goal, firing the uncontested shot into the net. It was one of five goals the co-captain had on Thursday, and coach Chris Polumbus said the beginning 10 seconds of the game certainly set the tone for her team’s first victory of the year.

“That’s Lauren Baumann for you,” Polumbus said. “She wants to go to the goal and really take control.”

Baumann said she is always looking for the ball and a direct line to the back of the net.

“I wish I could do that more,” she said following the Sailors’ win. “It’s nice to get off to a fast start.”

The team followed Baumann’s lead by scoring seven first-half goals. Less than two minutes after Baumann put Steamboat Springs on the board, Brittney Innes took a pass from fellow sophomore Leah Stettner to give the home team a 2-0 lead.

In addition to Baumann and Innes, three other players scored for the Sailors, including sophomore Samantha Pal’s two first-half goals. With limited shot opportunities in the first 25 minutes, Ralston Valley was able to score only twice.

Three quick net connections at the outset of the second half, including another open look for Baumann following a major foul on Mustangs goalie Shantelle White, extended the Sailors’ lead to 10-2. However, the visitors had a second-half rally, scoring three unanswered goals before time expired.

Ralston Valley coach Kyla Deselms was pleased with her team’s effort and continued progress in its inaugural season.

“Getting a 5-to-10 score was an amazing accomplishment,” she said. “This was the best they’ve ever played. They did their best and that’s what we’re looking for.”

Polumbus said the Sailors’ aggressiveness and passing were great in the first half, but she expressed some disappointment in the lack of intensity in the final 15 minutes of the second half when Ralston Valley rallied.

“Staying focused is making sure they follow what we say,” she said. “They let the score affect them.”

Steamboat will try to tack on another home victory today against Dakota Ridge. Last year, the Sailors defeated the Eagles 13-12 in overtime. Game time is 4 p.m. at the high school.

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