Steamboat boys lacrosse brotherhood bands together to win in first game back on home turf
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story left out Macray Dillingham’s third goal. He was one of four members of the Sailors team to score a hat trick.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Playing at home on Gardner Field wasn’t an advantage at first, but a hardship.
March 13: vs. Glenwood Springs, W 12-0
March 19: at Glenwood Springs, W 14-7
March 26: vs. Summit, W 14-2
March 30: at Thompson Valley, L 10-9
April 2: vs. Battle Mountain, W 13-5
April 5: at Cheyenne Mountain, L 19-4
April 6: at Air Academy, L 14-6
April 8: at Summit, W 11-2
April 11: vs. Eagle Valley, W 13-7
April 13: vs. Evergreen, W 10-2
April 15: at Battle Mountain, W 9-4
April 17: at Aspen, W 8-6
April 18: at Eagle Valley, W 10-7
May 3: vs. Vail Mountain, W 9-2
The last time the Steamboat Springs High School Sailors played at home, senior Kieran Hahn’s father, Chris, died of an aortic aneurism in the press box before halftime last Tuesday.
In an emotional game back home, hat trick performances by Steamboat seniors Jacob Gilbertson, Tyler Doyne, Macray Dillingham and Kieran Hahn lifted the Sailors to victory over the Summit Tigers, 14-2.
Hahn’s first goal gave the Sailors a 3-0 lead over the Tigers. He’d weave in from the right side, slamming a shot up the middle. Hahn leaped in celebration, then collapsed on the ground for a moment, pointing to the sky. His teammates lifted him up as the stands echoed, “Yeah, Kieran!”
“It was pretty hard at first,” Hahn said. “But, once I was out here, I was happy to be back.”
To say a brotherhood was born from tragedy is bittersweet, but when Hahn needed people most, his team was there. The Sailors were waiting outside the locker room when the news came and kept him in their hearts when they had to play without him in a road game against Glenwood Springs last Wednesday.
This was his first game back.
“We definitely came closer together this week, so we were pumped to get started today,” Sailors head coach Jay Lattimore said. “And, it was just fun to watch the guys smiling and playing hard.”
Taking the field wasn’t just hard for Hahn, but for his brothers.
“We’re just a big team. Everything affected the whole team, especially the seniors, but it affects the whole community,” Sailors senior Macray Dillingham said. “We got together and talked about how hard it is to lose someone and lose something but to be able to come back and put our emotions into something that we love, and we are passionate about.”
Dillingham had the opening goal for the Sailors to take a 1-0 lead. Gilbertson zig-zagged down the middle for the second goal. Hahn’s first goal followed.
Summit followed, scoring its first goal, then Doyne added a goal to close the first quarter with a 4- 1 lead. The Tigers opened the second quarter with a goal that would remain its last through the rest of the game, 4-2.
Hahn added his second goal in the second quarter, jumping and bobbing his head, having overcome the initial jitters about playing back on Gardner Field.
“I haven’t been out here much and celebrating with the team is great,” Hahn said. “We have a pretty athletic group. We were just going fast, and they couldn’t keep up with it.”
Doyne added one more goal for the Sailors to close the half, 6-2.
Both Dillingham and Gilbertson notched their second and third goals in the second half, and Doyne followed suit adding another for a 10-2 lead.
Hahn’s third goal came after senior Will Eck’s. Members of the student section casted their hats in the air. Senior John Hannaway added the final goal for the Sailors off an assist from senior Matthew Kempers to close the game 14-2.
“They’re just attacking the goal,” Lattimore said. “I keep telling them not to sit around and wait for things to come to them — go get what’s theirs.”
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