Steamboat Springs High School girl’s lacrosse team falls in home opener |

Steamboat Springs High School girl’s lacrosse team falls in home opener

— The Steamboat Springs High School girl’s lacrosse team played its first home game of the spring at Gardner Field Monday evening.

After a competitive first half, the young Steamboat squad fell to the Battle Mountain Huskies in the game 15-3. The team is now 1-5 for the season and will play its next game at 4 p.m. Friday against Eagle Valley at Gardner Field.

In Monday’s game, the Sailors got goals from freshman Wyleigh Myers, junior Becky Brown and senior Kaelyn Kauffmann. Kauffman is one of three captains on the team and is the only player who has been part of the team all four years. Steamboat senior Summer Dorr had 10 saves in the game, sophomore Abby Vandergraaff had a team high four draw controls and Brown collected four ground balls in the contest.

“Every game we keep improving,” coach Betsy Frick said after the game. ‘I’m very pleased with the way the team played.”

Frick said it will take some time before Steamboat can hold it’s own against more experienced teams like Battle Mountain, adding that the Steamboat team is very young and inexperienced. However, with 27 players out for this year’s team — only three of them are seniors — she can’t help but look to the future.

“This is the biggest team we’ve had since I started coaching (girls) lacrosse six years ago,” Frick said.

She said the team’s growth can be attributed to two things.

First the members of the team have done an excellent job promoting the sport with their peers, which has resulted in several new members on this year’s team. And second, the addition of a middle school program has resulted in a huge influx of freshman and sophomore players on the team’s roster. Of the 27 players on this year’s team, seven are freshman and thirteen are sophomores.

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