Steamboat boys lacrosse to host state quarterfinal, girls soccer heads to second round of playoffs
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Only one Steamboat Springs High School team has been eliminated from the playoffs so far.
The No. 18 Steamboat girls lacrosse team, which entered the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, fell in the opening round to No. 15 Mullen 15-7 on Tuesday, May 7, on the road.
But both the Sailors lacrosse and girls soccer teams remain alive in the playoffs and are hoping to keep the momentum going after this weekend.
Steamboat boys lacrosse (13-3, 10-0) entered post-season play as the No. 4 seed, defeating No. 13 Jefferson Academy 14-6 on Tuesday, May 7, at home. The Sailors now face No. 5 Green Mountain (14-2, 5-0) in the state quarterfinals at 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Gardner Field.
“The last two years, we have stopped at this round,” Steamboat head coach Jay Lattimore said. “Both of those times were on the road. We’re hoping being at home will help get us over the hump.”
The Green Mountain Rams defeated the Battle Mountain Huskies (8-8, 7-3) 10-3 on Wednesday, May 8, to advance to the quarterfinals. The Rams won a competitive Foothills Conference, which sent them and No. 7 Golden (10-6, 4-1) to the playoffs. Golden will also play in this weekend’s quarterfinals.
The Rams and Sailors have shared some common top opponents. Both teams played Thompson Valley, the No. 3 seed, and lost. The Sailors lost to No. 3 Thompson Valley (12-4, 4-1) on March 30, 10-9, and the Rams lost to them on April 29, 13-5. Both teams also lost to the No. 1 seed Cheyenne Mountain (14-2, 7-0) but enjoyed wins over Summit, No. 12 Battle Mountain, Vail Mountain, Evergreen and No. 13 Jefferson Academy.
The Rams’ top scorers include senior Karson Bell with 51 goals and four assists and junior Trey Towndrow with 44 goals and 24 assists. Steamboat’s top scorer is senior Jacob Gilbertson, who boasts 46 goals and 13 assists so far this season. Senior Macray Dillingham has tallied 26 goals and 11 assists.
Steamboat has yet to host a challenging opponent at home, playing all of the top seeds on the road this year. The Sailors also have been without senior Tallak Mhyre for the majority of the season. Mhyre’s return adds another weapon on the attack.
If the Sailors win, this will be their first trip back to the semifinal round since 2014, where the No. 6 Sailors lost to No. 2 Ponderosa 17-13.
“We tend to play better against a team closer to our skill set,” Lattimore said. “This, on paper, should be one of our best lacrosse games of the season. It was awesome to see a bunch of people in the stands on Tuesday and it would be great to do that again on Friday.”
The No. 19 Steamboat girls soccer team (12-4, 9-3) upset No. 15 Pueblo County (11-5, 5-1) on Wednesday, May 8, in Pueblo to advance to the second round of the playoffs.
“Pueblo County had two players that combined had 55 goals,” Sailors head coach Rob Bohlmann said. “Those were some impressive numbers, and we talked a lot of about group defending and individual passes, and as a group, they defended really, really well.”
The Sailors will play No. 3 Evergreen (11-3-2, 5-0-1) at noon Saturday, May 11, at Evergreen High School.
Evergreen plays in the Class 4A Jefferson County League, where all six teams made the playoffs. Of those six teams, Evergreen is one of five teams to advance to the second round, including No. 1 D’Evelyn, No. 4 Wheat Ridge, No. 11 Green Mountain and No. 18 Standley Lake.
So far, the Western Slope League still has a presence in the playoffs behind Steamboat and No. 23 Glenwood Springs. No. 9 Battle Mountain has not yet played its first round game.
Evergreen’s strength is in its youth. Sophomore Meyla Stewart has 12 goals on the season for the Cougars. Freshmen Elizabeth and Catherine Rapp each have eight goals this season.
The Cougars’ senior goalie Kellie Shaub recorded 61 saves this season, while Sailors senior Caroline Lupori has 34. Steamboat seniors Rachelle Koly and Delaney Moon lead the Sailors with 14 and 13 goals respectively.
“The thing we have going for us is, after last night, we definitely found our stride, and we come out of a tight and competitive league,” Bohlmann said. “Evergreen is in a league where, game in, game out, they’re having to battle.
“We’re really fortunate at this stage,” Bohlmann added. “We’re 22 players deep, and we had one player that was unable to play last game, but all other 21 players got involved. That’s super important when you’re taking long road trips like this late in the season.”
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.