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Steamboat girls lacrosse extends winning streak, defeats Roaring Fork

Steamboat Springs High School junior Sammy Kennedy launches a shot on goal in the game against Roaring Fork on Wednesday, April 3, at Gardner Field. (Photo by Leah Vann)
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team extended its winning streak on Wednesday.

The Roaring Fork Rams were undefeated before they stepped onto Gardner Field Wednesday, April 3, but the Sailors took command early in the game to break the Rams’ streak with a 15-10 victory.

“We’ve definitely been working on our ball movement a little bit, working on our shots on attack,” Sailors head coach Amy Norris said. “Defense is really coming together, sliding, doubling, and everything has come together. Our transitioning has gotten better.”

The win extends the Sailors streak from four to five games, which began with a 9-8 overtime victory over Cherokee Trail on March 23, following the 20-5 loss to Aspen on March 20.

Steamboat held a 9-3 halftime lead after maintaining a strong offensive presence down the field. Sailors senior Lucy Shimek knocked the first goal after gaining possession in the backfield and outrunning everyone down center to win a one-on-one battle with the goalie.

Steamboat Springs High School junior Riley Schott charges toward the goal in the game against Roaring Fork on Wednesday, April 3, at Gardner Field. (Photo by Leah Vann)
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Penalties by the Rams enabled the Sailors to capitalize on opportunities right in front of the goal. Steamboat junior Riley Schott found the back of the net after a penalty deep in the Rams’ territory and followed up with two more goals in the first half.

The Rams didn’t score their first goal until the Sailors were up by a 5-1 margin but would hit an offensive stride in the second half to attempt to climb back to victory.

The Rams opened the second half with a goal to make it 9-4 and slowly chipped away by adding seven goals, but the Sailors rode the momentum from the first half and was able to close out a sizable victory , 15-10.

Steamboat girls lacrosse
March 20: vs. Aspen, L 20-5
March 23: at Cherokee Trail, W 9-8 (OT)
March 26: at Summit, W 14-4
March 29: at Grand Junction, W 15-7
March 30: at Fruita Monument, W 10-9
April 3: vs. Roaring Fork, W 15-10
April 5: vs. Montrose, W 19-5
April 12: at Rocky Mountain, L 21-10
April 13: at Golden, L 14-6
April 15: vs. Thompson Valley, W 15-6
April 18: at Evergreen, L 14-7
May 1: vs. Eagle Valley, W 16-3
May 4: vs. Battle Mountain, W 13-4

“I think they just came a little fired up after halftime,” Norris said. “It got a little rougher the second half, some more fouls, defense hung in there. They played together, and Ava [Thiel] did well in goal.”

Top scorers for the Sailors were Shimek who had five goals and Schott who recorded four. Senior Alicia Mitchell also added two goals. Thiel finished the night with seven saves in the goal.

“We’ve had a lot of different scorers,” Norris said, “had a lot of nice feeds. We definitely work on that in practice, and we definitely encourage as many scorers we can get in the game. Lucy had a lot of feeds. Riley had some nice passes. Everyone touching the ball is what we want.”

The Sailors will host Montrose on Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. and will be on the road two games next week.

“We’re pumped. We are psyched to be 5-1,” Norris said. “Our attitude is everyone is positive this year, and that’s taken us really far. I think that’s helped us in a couple of close games against all these teams we are playing at our level and not playing at everyone else’s level, and it’s been successful so far.”

To reach Leah Vann, call 970-871-4253, email lvann@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @lvann_sports.


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