Sailors lacrosse team takes on top-seeded Mustangs in playoffs |

Sailors lacrosse team takes on top-seeded Mustangs in playoffs

— The state playoffs for girls lacrosse will open today and the Steamboat Springs High School team will be there.

The Sailors, who finished fourth in the six-team Foothills division with a 1-1-6 record, will have to play the South Suburban division’s top seed, the Colorado Academy Mustangs, in the first round. The game will take place at 4:15 p.m. at the Bowles Field in South Denver.

“I think our girls would like to put together one more solid game as a team,” Sailors coach Leslie McCargar said. “This will be good experience for us, and who knows, the underdog has to win sometimes.”

The Sailors will be the underdog.

Colorado Academy is 6-0-2 this season and has managed to score an average of 13.75 goals per game while giving up just 2.75.

The Mustangs stampeded Air Academy in the team’s last outing on May 3 in a 12-0 contest.

The Sailors are coming off of a 14-6 loss to Golden on May 3. Steamboat’s Natalie MacFarland and Casey Wheeler netted two goals each in the game. Katie Darst and Lauren Baumann each added one more.

Despite the lopsided score, McCargar felt like her team played solid defense in the outing spearheaded by top play from Mehana Campbell and Elise Osterholt. The high-powered Golden team, however, proved to be too much in the match.

“We played pretty solid lacrosse,” McCargar said. “It wasn’t as good as when we were at home, but it was better than our last game (against Overland on April 21).”

“We know we are huge underdogs in this (playoff) game. Whenever you are the fourth seed it’s going to be a tough road,” she said.

Still, the Steamboat coach isn’t counting her team out. She feels like the players on her team have come together this season and this is one extra chance to play.

“I think everybody on the team is looking forward to playing well together no matter how good Colorado Academy is,” McCargar said. “We just want to put it together one more time and see what happens.”

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail him at

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