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Local team can’t keep up

Championship game:Durango 6, Denver Altitude 5Third place game:Marrakech 11, Steamboat 7Marrakech 11, Denver Hooligans 2Steamboat, Vail (forfeit).

— For three quarters Sunday the Steamboat Bonesaws Lacrosse team battled back and forth with Marrakech Cafe.

Whenever one team would score, the other would answer.

Then the fourth quarter hit.

The Bonesaws led Marrakech 7-6 going into the last frame of the third place game at the Third Annual Steamboat Invitational when the Denver team took control and scored the final five goals of the game.

“They got their guys into our zone and got a lot of shots off,” Steamboat goalie Andy Flax said.

Steamboat advanced to the third place game against Marrakech after Vail had to forfeit because they didn’t have enough players.

Early in the game, the Steamboat team came out and scored early and often. Led by Dave Shively’s two goals in the first quarter, the Bonesaws took an early, 3-1, lead. But after some defensive miscues, Marrakech got right back into the game. They scored three times in the second quarter to knot the game up at 5-5 going into halftime.

“We got a couple of sick goals and the team fed off of them,” Marrakech team organizer Dave Leach said. “We fell behind early but were able to finish the game strong.”

One reason for the turnaround, Leach said, was his team picked up the physical aspect of the game.

“We got some guys who played football in college, so they like to play physical,” he said.

A bright note for the Bonesaws was the goaltending of Flax. After struggling in Saturday’s loss, Flax kept the Bonesaws in the game Sunday. In one offensive possession, Marrakech fired four shots from point blank range and Flax turned each of them away. Not bad for a player who only started playing goalie last year.

“All of the guys supported me and told me to keep my head up,” Flax said. “As a goalie, you have to have a short memory, and that’s what I did today.”

With the tournament wrapping up Sunday, all of the players from other teams sounded upbeat about the possibility of coming back to next year’s tournament.

“It was a good time,” Leach said. “Most of the guys will be back. We’ll be back even if it’s not with this team.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com.

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