Girls lacrosse players net success

The Steamboat Springs High School girls lacrosse team finally got the results it was looking for.

After losing 16-2 to Liberty on Friday, the Sailors rebounded with the intensity they needed to the defeat the Pueblo West Club team Saturday, 9-1.

Junior Mariah Heilner scored Steamboat's two goals on Friday, and five Sailors contributed goals in Saturday's game.

Sophomore Rachel Ivancie, juniors Kelsey Pal and Mariah Heilner, and seniors Hana Zittel and Erin Bomberg found the back of the net during the game. The win brings Steamboat's record to 1-3.

"This was a big win for us," coach Jenn Brenneman said. "It was a great boost for our confidence."

The Sailors showed improved passing and communication in the game, which had been two key focuses during recent practices.

"We were playing as a team," Heilner said. "Things were finally connecting."

Building on the win, the Sailors plan to maintain a vigorous practice schedule. Conditioning will make up a large portion of those practices, because the girls have limited gym space.

It is a challenge, but the players say they are getting used to taking what they learn in the gym and it onto the field.

Steamboat's next opponent is Colorado Academy, one of the top teams in the state. The game is at 4 p.m. Wednesday on the Colorado Academy campus.

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