From sun to fun: Sailors fight through nasty mid-game storm, lose 12-7 |

From sun to fun: Sailors fight through nasty mid-game storm, lose 12-7

Sailors battle through nasty mid-game storm, lose 12-7

After snow and rain marched through Steamboat Springs Thursday morning and early afternoon, it appeared the Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse game against Battle Mountain might get away with a full game in sunny weather. Another storm rolled in just after halftime, however, filling the sky with lightening and covering the ground with sleet and snow. A dedicated effort from parents and coaches cleared the slush, however, as play resumed. Steamboat ended up losing, 12-7.

— Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse coach Betsy Frick looked up and winced Thursday evening as she leaned on a shovel, pushing a pile of sloppy, wet snow off the turf at Gardner Field.

She cracked a smile and asked a question — to anyone listening and to herself: "How bad do you want to play?"

Pretty darn bad.

A sunny afternoon gave way to a nasty storm that postponed Thursday’s game between the Sailors and visiting Battle Mountain two minutes into the second half. Wind swept in, lightening cracked and sleet fell hard, sending players, coaches and fans scrambling for cover. By the time it let up, the sleet had turned to snow and, in just 20 minutes, covered the field in two inches of slush.

An army of shovel-wielding parents, a determined coach and an athletic director speeding up and down the field behind the wheel of the school's old snowplow-equipped pickup ensured the game would go on.

The Sailors eventually lost, 12-7.

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"This is the kind of experience 30 years from now these kids will remember," Frick said. "It's worth working for that."

That's long term. In the short term, the Sailors came away happy with their play. Battle Mountain, 10-1, is in the hunt to win the Mountain League, and the Huskies had little trouble with Steamboat the last time the teams met, winning 20-4 April 13.

The Sailors, 5-8, were rusty coming out of their Spring Break with what they termed a disappointing loss earlier this week to Summit, but showed much better in their second crack at Battle Mountain.

The score was 8-3 at the half — in the good weather — and freshman Lucy Shimek got one goal in before the skies opened up, leaving the score at 8-4 before the extended break.

Shimek scored each of her team's first four goals. Juniors Cassett Yeager and Sammy Koepfer joined in in the second half.

Freshman Sequoia Anstine had a strong game in goal, saving 20 shots.

"They worked well together," Frick said. "There were some times we were pushing through, forcing things, but overall, they played very well today."

Battle Mountain got three goals each from sisters Maggie Berger and Natalie Berger, then two each from Marti Schmidt and Katie Kessenich.

In the end, however, players and coaches were a little less concerned with stats and records and a little more proud of themselves simply for finishing the game. Rocky Mountain spring weather threw them a doozy, but they really wanted to play.

"It was really fun," Steamboat senior Brittney Starks said. "Both teams really embraced it and went out there and had fun and went with it. I'm glad we got to finish."

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