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Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse team hits road for first games of the spring season

Steamboat Springs freshman Riley Schott catches a pass during a drill in practice Tuesday at the high school's athletic field. The girls lacrosse team heads to Sante Fe, New Mexico, during the weekend to play its first games of the 2017 season.
John F. Russell

— The trip from Steamboat Springs to Sante Fe, New Mexico, is more than seven hours by bus and should provide the members of this year’s Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team plenty of time to bond before the first game of the season this Friday.

“We leave Thursday after practice,” head coach Betsy Frick said. “It’s a fun one. We are leaving early, so that we can do some fun stuff along the way down. It’s a great team bonding trip at the start of the season. It’s a chance for us all to get to know one another.”

That bonding time could prove useful for a team that includes four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and 13 freshman players. The team will look to its veterans for experience but will need a few first-year players to step up if the Sailors hope to find success on the field this season.

“We have a huge group of enthusiastic freshmen,’” Frick said.

The good news is that most of those younger players were part of last year’s eighth-grade team and come join the high school squad with at least one year of experience. However, Frick stressed that this team’s success is going to depend on how the younger and older players mix through the course of the season.

“We have slowly gotten bigger each year,” Frick said. “The biggest key is for our experienced players to mentor the new players. We need to work together as a team and play well together. If we can get all 12 of them on the field, playing well together, then I think we will do well.”

Frick said building enthusiasm for the game prior to high school has been a driving force for the Steamboat Springs girls lacrosse program during the past eight or nine years. But she admits that getting players to come out for the team is always a challenge.

“At the high school, the girls have five sports to choose from,” Frick said. “It’s not that big of a high school, so we are always holding our breath on numbers. We are thrilled to have the group we have.”

Last year the team had 24 players and just five freshmen. The squad finished 5-10 for the season and 3-6 in the league. The team lost the final six games of the 2016 campaign.

Frick is hoping to turn things around but enters the season with realistic expectations. She wants her team to take it one game at a time.

“I would have to say this is one of the hardest schedules that we have faced,” Frick said. “We have five non-conference games against top regional teams.”

The Sailors will play the first four games of the season on the road against Sante Fe Prep, Pueblo West, Eaglecrest and Palmer High School.

The Sailors’ first home games are against Durango on March 18 and Aspen on March 23.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966


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