Steamboat girls lacrosse gain confidence after sixth straight victory |

Steamboat girls lacrosse gain confidence after sixth straight victory

Steamboat Springs High School senior Lucy Shimek takes a shot on goal against Montrose on Friday, April 5 at Gardner Field.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team knows what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the final score.

Now on a six-game winning streak, the Sailors have ousted their opponents by double figures in two games, scoring an average 13 points per game.

Steamboat (6-1) sent the clock running within the first half against Montrose (0-5), capturing a 12-2 lead to ultimately defeat the Indians 19-5.

“We don’t usually have too many blowouts; hopefully more going forward,” Steamboat Springs High school girls lacrosse coach Amy Norris said. “That was a fun game. We had a lot of people in that game and contributions by everybody.”

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Junior Riley Schott, senior Lucy Shimek and junior Sammy Kennedy enjoyed a high scoring game on attack. Schott finished with four goals. Shimek and Kennedy each had three.

Seniors Alicia Mitchell and Cat Read also each added two goals, then five other girls on the roster had their turn to hit the net. Junior Makenna Keyek, freshman Margaret Redfern, junior Kelly Strotbeck, senior Anna Nella and junior Julia McCarthy each added one goal.

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

It was the first time in Nell’s varsity career she’s ever scored a goal, and she finally had her turn as a senior. Nell primarily plays defense.

“We put some people on attack who usually aren’t on attack and let them take some shots on goal, and they had a good time,” coach Norris said. “It just brings everyone together, and there’s 12 people on the field, and they all need to work together and support each other. We had defenders out there scoring goals.”

Mitchell has recently also found success on the attack, emerging as a third main target on the team in the past two games.

“We’re starting to pass more, and creating space makes it a lot easier to go to the net and drive to the net,” Mitchell said. “It’s pretty amazing because we were the team that was getting beat 19-5, so it’s definitely cool to be on the team as a senior. Every year, we’ve been getting better and better, and I’ve seen potential.”

Shimek said last year’s season gave the Sailors a hint of success, but this year’s winning streak so far has sparked a special excitement. But the Sailors have some tougher games scheduled the next few weeks.

“We work a lot in practice on cutting and setting picks for each other off ball, so that we can get our teammates open,” Shimek said. “Amy tells me and Riley, ‘Oh let’s get this girl a goal.’ It’s super fun because we’re out there trying to get other girls goals, and we’ve got the stick skills now that every girl can pass and catch.”

Steamboat plays at Rocky Mountain (2-4) on Friday, April 12, then Golden (2-3) on April 13.

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

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