Courtesy of The Aspen Times
ASPEN – The Demons beat the snow, but they couldn’t beat the Skiers.
The Durango High School boys lacrosse team opened the Colorado prep season with a game at Aspen on Friday afternoon, finishing ahead of an approaching winter storm.
Playing outside for only the second time all year, the Demons dropped a 21-3 decision to the red-hot Skiers, who have been practicing outside on their all-weather artificial turf field for three weeks.
Aspen scored four goals in a dizzying span of 49 seconds in the opening period to set the tone.
The Skiers led 10-0 before Duncan Whitley put the Demons on the board in the closing seconds of the first half. He attacked from behind the goal and slipped the ball into the net.
Whitley added a second goal for the Demons on a rocket of a shot early in the fourth quarter.
Jared Cook scored Durango’s final goal after taking a pass from Trevor Gabbard, a Bayfield student who is playing lacrosse in Durango because the Wolverines’ don’t field a lacrosse team.
Durango opened the season last weekend with a 12-0 win at Santa Fe Prep in New Mexico.
“The faceoffs killed us,” DHS head coach John Robinette said. “Then, most of their goals came in transition.”
Robinette said the annual adjustment from indoors to outdoors is difficult for the Demons.
“It’s the same story starting the season for us,” Robinette said. “Fifty guys practicing lacrosse in a basketball gym. It’s not an excuse; it’s just the circumstance we have.”
He said he hopes the Demons will be able to practice outdoors next week.
“But hey, we didn’t execute. We didn’t make the plays we needed to make. Hats off to Aspen. They are a good team,” Robinette said.
“One thing I can say about these guys (Demons) is they didn’t give up; they didn’t get down,” Robinette said. “Obviously, we have some work to do.”
The Demons will play Battle Mountain (Vail) on Saturday, weather permitting.