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Sweet sendoff for Steamboat lax seniors

— The overwhelming emotion wasn’t excitement or relief for Steamboat Springs High School senior Mitch McCannon Thursday as he took the field on senior night at Gardner Field in Steamboat Springs.

McCannon broke his foot midway through basketball season and prior to Thursday had spent his entire senior lacrosse season stuck on the sideline, coaching where he could, encouraging when he needed to.

But Thursday, when he was finally back on the field, he was nervous.



“It’s been a long time since I’ve been out there,” he said. “It was nerve-wracking.”

The game certainly didn’t give him anything to sweat. Steamboat cruised by Glenwood Springs, 17-1.



The Demons scored first, but Steamboat dominated the game, racking up a 10-1 lead by halftime and extending it on nearly every possession.

Steamboat sent out its nine seniors with one of the team’s most dominating games of the season.

“We just had fun out there,” Steamboat senior Will Petersen said. “We played our game, scored goals and played Steamboat lacrosse.”

Jackson Draper scored four goals for the Sailors while Andrew Firestone had two goals and three assists.

Spencer Petersen had three goals and two assists, Willy Gun one goal and two assists, Drew Williamson two goals and Jordan Gorr, Nick Simon, Will Petersen and Matt White had one goal each. Tait Dixson also added an assist.

McCannon, too, had a goal. He’s not yet 100 percent, not really able to unleash the speed that defined his four years in a Sailors uniform.

He wouldn’t have played were it not senior night, but it was, and with no guarantee for a home playoff game, he took the field late in the game and those in the stands and on the sidelines cheered as he did.

Getting him a goal, a sliver of spotlight on senior night, was a focus for the team, and after several missed attempts, Gunn found McCannon cutting in front of the net.

“We had a designed play set up, so I didn’t have to work too much,” McCannon said. “I’m hoping to be back for the first game after spring break. It was great for the team to support me the way it did.”

He and his teammates now are set for that break. Steamboat, 8-4, won’t play again until April 28, on the road against Evergreen.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9


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