Win sets stage for Sailors
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team pulled out a close win Tuesday night, and that set the stage for a gigantic showdown today.
The Sailors went on the road Tuesday to beat Evergreen, 15-13, and now the squad will travel today to play at 5:30 p.m. at Battle Mountain to determine the champion of the Mountain Conference’s Eastern division.
“We’re going to have to play our best game of the year to solidify the win,” Steamboat coach Jay Lattimore said. “It’s huge, the biggest game of the year.”
Steamboat, 9-4, has never lost to the Huskies in the history of the conference, but it hasn’t seen many Battle Mountain team’s like this one. The squad put together a strong playoff run a year ago, then has earned a 10-3 record this spring. It’s only losses are to the state’s best.
Steamboat’s in a similar boat, with four losses, all coming against the top ranked teams.
“They’re a team that plays with good team work,” Lattimore said. “They have a good coach and play really well together.”
The winner will lock up the division title and earn a chance to win the overall conference in a winner-take-all game against Aspen. The loser will travel to play Grand Junction for third place, all before play in the state tournament begins.
Steamboat took care of business Tuesday night, but only after trailing early. Evergreen led 6-5 at half, but Steamboat roared back in the second. A four-goal streak helped get the Sailors back on top, and they got up as much as 15-11 in the fourth quarter.
Jackson Draper led the way, scoring seven goals and notching two assist. Wily Gunn had three goals and four assists, Andrew Firestone three goals, Mitch McCannon a goal and an assist and Sam Rossman one goal.
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