Vail Valley preps: Sailors down Huskies lax |

Vail Valley preps: Sailors down Huskies lax

Luke Graham
Vail, CO Colorado
Steamboat Springs' midfielder Garret Ehrick is checked by Battle Mountain's Patrick Perry in the first quarter of Tuesday night's game at Steamboat Springs Gardner Field.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – The weather was the only unsure thing about Tuesday’s Steamboat Springs-Battle Mountain boys lacrosse game.

It went from cold to hot and back again. The sun peered out before giving way to a light rain.

On the field, Steamboat just continued to do what it has for the better part of two seasons. The Sailors won their 18th straight Mountain Conference game, this one a 15-1 triumph.

Steamboat, now 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference, dominated possession for most of the day, got goals from nine players and played with a running clock from the midway point in the third quarter.

“Wow. I lost track of that,” Sailors coach Bob Hiester said when informed of the streak. “That’s cool. That’s a good run. But it’s one game at a time. We have to keep getting better each game.”

The Sailors jumped up on the Huskies, 4-1, after the first quarter on a pair of goals from Brian Bertrand and one each from Lance Ostrom and Erik Owen.

Battle Mountain’s Reeve Sanders scored late in the first quarter for the Huskies’ only tally.

Steamboat hit a bit of a lull at the beginning of the second quarter but soon found its rhythm. Owen and Ostrom scored again, and Grant McCannon added a goal for a 7-1 halftime lead.

Tyler Samlowski, Andrew White, Grant Murray, Bertrand and McCannon all scored in the third quarter for a 12-1 lead, before Samlowski, Garret Ehrick and Ian Anderson scored in the fourth quarter for the final result.

For Battle Mountain, it was a tough day. The Huskies struggled to maintain possession and were on the defensive for most of the day. The Huskies (3-3, 3-3) rarely looked comfortable on the offensive end and went 0-for-4 on man-up situations.

“We need less turnovers,” said Battle Mountain goalie Spencer Curie, who, despite the score, played well in goal. “We probably had 15 or 20 turnovers off of passes today. That’s something we can’t do. That’s a lot of possession we lost today from throwing the ball over somebody’s head.”

Battle Mountain hosts rival Eagle Valley at 4 p.m. Friday.

Luke Graham can be reached at 871-4229 or

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