Sailors win 29th straight at Demons’ expense
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – What happened at Gardner Field on Wednesday wasn’t at all surprising.The Steamboat Springs High School boys lacrosse team did what it has done for three years against overwhelmed Mountain Conference foes. The Sailors continued their quest for three years of undefeated play in the conference, running away with a 16-0 win.But standing in the way of perfection, another automatic playoff bid and clear supremacy is a pesky 11-1 Battle Mountain team.The winner of a 5 p.m. game Friday in Battle Mountain will be crowned conference champion, which only Steamboat has staked claim to in the conference’s two years of existence.”Like I’ve said all along, we’ve got this great big target on our chest right now, particularly with Battle Mountain,” said Steamboat coach Bob Hiester, who saw 15 seniors play their last regular season home game Wednesday. “Beating us would make their season and get them into the playoffs.”Wednesday’s game unfolded how the matchup on paper suggested it would. Steamboat (8-6 overall, 8-0 in conference play) imposed its will early and often.With three Grant McCannon goals and one each from John Wharton and Kai Rogers, the Sailors jumped out to a 5-0 lead.Jackson Coe and Wharton bookended goals around another pair from Rogers to make it 9-0 at halftime.Sam Robards added a goal early in the third, and McCannon’s fourth of the game made it 11-0 and set the clock running.Coe added another, Ben Wharton scored two, Rogers added another and Christian Ramirez closed it out for the result.”We’re gaining,” said Glenwood coach Rick Stevens, whose team fell to 4-11 overall and in conference play. “The issue with a lot of the teams in the Western Slope is the culture isn’t fully understood of what lacrosse is. It’s not about banging heads. It’s about finesse, team play and what you saw with Steamboat [Wednesday] – great offense and great defense.”lgraham@SteamboatToday.com
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