Sailors boys lacrosse edges 9th-ranked Thompson Valley |

Sailors boys lacrosse edges 9th-ranked Thompson Valley

— When Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse makes one of its frequent trips to the Front Range for a game, the team always seems to have a target on its back, Sailors coach Jay Lattimore said.

Steamboat answered the call in a big way on Friday night at No. 9-ranked Thompson Valley.

Senior Andrew Firestone — who had all of six goals his junior season — poured in a game-high five scores with a pair of assists as Steamboat hung on late to a 13-11 victory, the team’s biggest win so far this season.

“It was just a really good, contested battle,” Lattimore said. “We were definitely the team that hustled a bit more and played harder, but Thompson Valley stayed in it and made it tough on us at the end.”

The Sailors led, 11-8, heading into the final quarter, and with huge saves from Peter Wharton — who played the entire game — Steamboat weathered any sort of Eagles rally down the stretch.

“Peter stepped up and made the key saves that allowed us to have a couple-goal cushion the whole game,” Lattimore said. “He’s showing great confidence for a young player.”

Along with Firestone’s five scores, Willy Gunn had two goals and three assists, and Drew Williamson had two goals. Antonio Ranieri, Jackson Draper, Chris Kaminski and Tait Dixson each had a goal.

Steamboat will stay the night on the Front Range in preparation for Saturday’s 10 a.m. game against Windsor, which also beat Thompson Valley earlier this week.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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