Steamboat rolls by Fruita, 12-1 |

Steamboat rolls by Fruita, 12-1

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team is fresh off big games, and more big games await. Monday, however, was about taking care of business and with an effort that featured just enough flair, that's what the Sailors did, blasting Fruita Monument at home to win, 12-1.

"This is one of those guys you're glad to get over," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "We just wanted to get out of there without doing any damage, and we did. … We did some good things out there"

Steamboat jumped from seventh to fourth in the Denver Post's Class 4A state rankings Monday, mostly from the strength of the Sailors’ win on the road at No. 6 Cheyenne Mountain.

The squad didn't do anything to disappoint later in the day against Fruita. Steamboat built a 6-0 lead in the first half, didn't give up a goal until the third quarter, then surged yet again to set the final score.

The Sailors got an outstanding game from Ben Wharton, but his success as well as anything displayed how Steamboat plays at its best. He scored in the first quarter to make it 3-0 on a purely solo run, cutting away from the goal, then powerfully back toward it, ditching his defender and depositing the ball in the net.

That was the first of three consecutive goals from the junior, and the next two came from sweet assists, with Wharton cutting through the lane as he received perfect passes he quickly put away.

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"So many of our goals are assisted. That's good lacrosse," Hiester said. "We're not relying on one guy to take a big shot from outside."

Steamboat had nine assists on the night, with Peter White leading the way with three. Tarcha had three goals and two assists. Mitch McCannon scored twice and had one assist, and Jackson Perry scored, as well. Wharton, Dane Dixson and Peyton Trask all had one assist.

"We got our heads in it and started passing the ball around," Tarcha said. "It clicked for us, and we started getting the ball in the net."

The Sailors, 9-2, next play Friday in Steamboat against Glenwood Springs.

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