Seniors guide Sailors boys lacrosse to victory |

Seniors guide Sailors boys lacrosse to victory

— With a little senior leadership and a solid goalie-by-committee approach, the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team was able to shrug off a sluggish start to steal a win at Douglas County Saturday afternoon.

Down by a goal at halftime, Steamboat rallied in the final two quarters to pick up win No. 2 over the Huskies, 11-8.

“We had some great senior leadership from guys like Andrew Firestone, Willy Gunn, Sam Rossman and Will Petersen,” Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said. “They really came out and brought a lot of hustle.”

Lattimore started Aaron VanderGraaff at goalie, who picked up four first-half saves. Peter Wharton came in for the third quarter, swallowed seven clutch saves, and Connor Smith finished the game in front of the net.

Firestone led all scorers with three goals and a pair of assists. Gunn followed with a pair of goals and three assists, and Antonio Ranieri had a goal and an assist.

The entire Sailors roster saw some valuable field time, Lattimore said.

“We were down a couple players unfortunately, so we had a lot of guys pick up the pieces,” he said.

Steamboat will get tested once again with a pair of Front Range road contests Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the Sailors will take on ninth-ranked Thompson Valley at 6:30 p.m. Then they’ll play Windsor at noon Saturday.

“We have to stay hungry in practice and really work on trying to play a little bit faster game of lacrosse,” Lattimore said. “We’re a little slow at the moment.”

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

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