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Sailors beat Huskies, clinch Mountain crown

Luke Graham
Vail, CO Colorado
Battle Mountain junior Teddy Gillis guards Steamboat Springs sophomore Jackson Coe during Tuesday's game in Steamboat.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado ” It’d be easy for David Mucklow to get bored, but even the Steamboat Springs junior goaltender admits with the offense he has, it’s not so much boredom as it is entertaining.

So in what has become a common occurrence, Mucklow again had a light load on Tuesday, as his offense took care of Battle Mountain, peppering the net, finding balanced scoring and picking up a 13-3 win.

It was the seventh-straight game Steamboat has scored more than 10 goals and eighth time in a row Mucklow’s given up less than five. The win also gives Steamboat (11-0 overall) the inaugural Mountain Conference title.



“I don’t get bored watching our offense,” said Mucklow, whose team has outscored its opponents, 132-41, this year. “It’s fun watching our offense.”

As the Sailors have done so often this season, they pretty much decided the outcome of the game in the first quarter.

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Steamboat scored six goals in the first 12 minutes, getting contributions from five different players. By the time halftime hit Steamboat had extended its lead to 9-1.

“We continue to play at a high level,” Steamboat coach Bob Hiester said. “The first half was a good half of lacrosse. It was pretty good balanced scoring.”

The Sailors chalked three more goals up in the third quarter to make it a running clock for most of the second half.



Save for two Battle Mountain goals by Jon Paul Ferzacca and one late one by Reeve Sanders, and Steamboat dominated the pace of play for a good portion of the day.

“It’s never fun to play back-to-back, especially the same team,” said Huskies coach Bob Daino, whose team lost to Steamboat, 14-3, Monday. “Then when you have to play Steamboat, who has been at this awhile, and it’s tough. Steamboat’s been at it awhile. It’s different. It’s going to be a few years before we can catch up and be at that caliber.”

Battle Mountain hosts Eagle Valley Saturday in Edwards

” To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com.


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