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Steamboat men’s lacrosse places 2nd in tournament

Team wins 3 before loss in championship in Breckenridge

The Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team includes, back row from left, Jake Flax, David Morris, Kevin Bertrand, Mike Cosby, Brian Bertrand, Braxton Campbell, Nate Goertz, Gus Worden, Joseph Lauber, Sam Lane, Jay Walker and Jonathan Mattes-Ritz; and front row from left, Todd Wichelhaus, Scott Forney, Kevin Nerney, Conor Barrett, Andy Flax, Sean Forney and Jasper Gantick.
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The Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team includes, back row from left, Jake Flax, David Morris, Kevin Bertrand, Mike Cosby, Brian Bertrand, Braxton Campbell, Nate Goertz, Gus Worden, Joseph Lauber, Sam Lane, Jay Walker and Jonathan Mattes-Ritz; and front row from left, Todd Wichelhaus, Scott Forney, Kevin Nerney, Conor Barrett, Andy Flax, Sean Forney and Jasper Gantick.

— The Steamboat Springs men’s lacrosse team traveled to Summit County during the weekend and finished second in the Brecken­ridge Quick-Stick tournament.

The team collected wins against 5280, of Denver (6-2), VG Lacrosse, from Aspen (11-1), and Moe’s Original, of Denver, (8-4) en route to the championship game.

The Med, another Denver-based team loaded with Division 1-level players, beat Steamboat, 13-5, to win the tournament title.



“It was a good weekend for our team,” Todd Wichelhaus said. “The general conception is that mountain lacrosse isn’t that good. But we beat some good teams at this tournament, and I think we proved that mountain lacrosse can be competitive with Denver teams.”

Wichelhaus said the Steam­boat team includes high school, college and post-college players. Steamboat’s top performers included Sam Lane, who had 11 goals during the weekend.



Other scorers included Nate Goertz, Kevin Bertrand, Ryan Ulep and Mike Cosby. Joseph Lauber and Andy Flax shared duties in goal, and the team got solid defensive efforts from Conor Barrett, Jasper Gantick and Wichelhaus.

The team scrimmages every Wednesday night at Whistler Field and is busy preparing for its next tournament in Vail in September. The team is 5-1 during the season.


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