Steamboat boys lacrosse ramps up scoring, racks up wins
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The game that lingers with the Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team is a late-March 5-4 loss to Battle Mountain.
It’s not a great game to ask Steamboat, “what went wrong” because, playing on the road, the Sailors only lost after the game was pushed to triple overtime.
But four goals?
“The guys felt really bad after that loss because our defense played a great game,” Sailors’ coach Jay Lattimore said. “It was just a gut check time that we needed to work harder on offense.”
The ramifications linger with Steamboat. The game is its only loss in the Western Conference. The Huskies remain undefeated, 6-0.
The Sailors will have a chance to even things up, however, when the teams meet May 5 in Steamboat. If the Sailors can avenge that loss, the league title would be decided by goal differential and, having lost the first game by just one, that’s not an impossible hill for the team to climb.
It’s going to need more than four goals, and since that game, its rededicated itself on offense, and that showed in a major way Thursday as the Sailors dispatched Glenwood Springs, 17-4.
“We had a lot of assisted goals today, and we played some good teamwork defense,” Lattimore said.
The game was the fourth in the last five in which Steamboat’s scored 17 goals or more. The only game it fell short of that was a 7-6 win against Cheyenne Mountain, then the No. 3 team in the state. (Steamboat was ranked No. 7 in the most recent CHSAANow.com poll.)
In the first eight games of the season, including all three of Steamboat’s losses and ending with that 5-4 loss to Battle, the Sailors averaged 8.8 goals per game.
In the five games since, it’s averaged 15.8 and gone a perfect 5-0.
“Our offense since then has gone on a pretty good tear,” Lattimore said. “Our offense knows we’re better than four goals in a game, and we’re going to do everything we can not to do that again.”
Against Glenwood, Steamboat got four goals from Davis Petersen, three from Macray Dillingham and Kieran Hahn, two each from Ben Hoefer, Jackson Lynch, Jacob Gilbertson and one from Tyler Doyne.
Thursday’s was the team’s last game before spring break. It returns to the field after nearly two full weeks away from competition May 3 against Vail Mountain before facing Battle Mountain later that week.
“Hopefully, everyone gets healthy and takes a break from lacrosse for a little bit because once they come back, we expect a lot from them,” Lattimore said.
This team expects a lot from itself this year. We’re in control to win the conference. We have everything, a good hand to do everything we want to do right now as far as seedings and the conference. I’m proud of these guys for getting where we are right now, but we have a lot of business to take care of after the break.”
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