Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse crushes Glenwood |

Steamboat Springs boys lacrosse crushes Glenwood

Luke Graham

— At the conclusion of Friday's Steamboat Springs-Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse game, Sailors assistant coach Mike Knezevich gathered the team and delivered one simple message.

"This," he said, "is your season."

There is some hyperbole in that, but following Friday's 21-0 lambasting of Glenwood, it's had to argue that Steamboat isn't on the heels of its biggest day of lacrosse.

Steamboat plays at 3 p.m. Saturday at home against Valor Christian.

It will be another opportunity for Steamboat to knock heads with a top-10 team. The Sailors are ranked fourth in Class 4A. The Eagles are No. 8.

"It's huge," Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. "We're going to go into the locker room right now and talk about it. It's a huge one for us. It's a big piece of (our season). From here on out, we're moving ourselves into a higher-seeding area."

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The seeding will be interesting. Aspen, via a victory against Steamboat earlier this season, is leading the Mountain Conference, and if the Skiers win out, they'll earn an automatic bid.

Steamboat, on the strength of its schedule, almost assuredly is in. Where Steamboat falls in the bracket likely will be determined by Saturday's tangle with Valor.

"In terms of the people seeding and the committee, it makes a big difference," Hiester said.

But before the Sailors could get to Saturday's matchup, they first had to get through Friday.

In a game where Steamboat clearly was better, there never was any doubt the Sailors were going to win.

Steamboat jumped out to a 6-0, first-quarter lead and had it at a running clock by halftime, going into the break up 11-0.

The Sailors had nine players score led by Ben Wharton's five goals. Peter White had four goals, Andrew Hitchcock had three, and Thomas Tarcha, Mitch McCannon and Ryan Walker each had two.

Jesse Draper, Ben Bradfield and Michael Wong — from his defensive spot — each added a goal.

Hiester said the key will be on the defense Saturday to take Valor out of a rhythm. Judging from the 30-minute postgame talk, the Sailors realize Saturday could be the difference in being a top-five seed with a home opener or traveling on the road in the first round of the playoffs.

"I'm glad to get this behind us," Hiester said. "This is a big one. We'll see a lot about where we are in terms of playoffs."

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