Snowy sendoff: Sailors head into spring break with 11-8 loss |

Snowy sendoff: Sailors head into spring break with 11-8 loss

Sailors head into spring break with 11-8 loss

— Summer Dorr winced as she walked off the field, the senior goalie on the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team glumly resigned to another welt as she headed for the sideline, Saturday’s snowy game against Pueblo West finished.

“Stopping that last shot hurt,” she said. “I’ll be better later.”

She won’t have a win to celebrate. The Cyclones hung on to that, 11-8.

But, a bit of temporary pain masked genuine excitement from Dorr and her teammates. Steamboat hasn’t always been competitive this season when things were stacked in its favor, but Saturday, it made a run at Pueblo West, despite starting the game without any extra players on the bench and playing much of the time down one or even two players after injuries.

It hurt, but Saturday was the the team’s best performance.

“That’s the best we’ve played in two years,” Brittney Starks said.

Steamboat got scoring from a variety of players and got another solid game in goal from Dorr as it played Pueblo West tough in the first half, then capped the game with a deficit-narrowing rally.

Becky Brown and Emi Costantini each scored two goals for the Sailors, while Libby Lukens, Thyme Zuschlag, Brittany Brown and Abby Vandergraaff each scored once.

Steamboat took the lead initially when Lukens scooped up the opening face-off, ran down and deposited it in the net. Steamboat also led 2-1 on Vandergraaff’s score. Things were tied as late as 4-4 before a late second-half surge gave the Cyclones some breathing room.

Injuries culled Steamboat’s team by two players midway through the game, so the team opted to go to a running clock for the second half, but Steamboat still managed to play well late in the game.

The Sailors scored four of the day’s last five goals, taking a game that had been blown open, 10-4, and pulling it close again.

“It was the best game we’ve played yet,” Dorr said. “Every game we get better and better. We practiced face guarding really well, and our practices really prepared us for this. We were able to defend and pass the ball up the field. That really helped.”

It was fun, she said, exciting, and maybe even worth a bruise.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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