Demons meet 3 goals but only score 2

DHS boys lacrosse ‘improves’ in a league loss to Grand Junction

The Durango High School boys lacrosse team met its three goals Friday:

Play to win? Check.

Keep getting better? Check.

Have fun? Check.

What they didn’t get was a win.

The Demons lost to Grand Junction 11-2 to Friday, a marked improvement from their first loss, 21-3 against Aspen a week ago, DHS head coach John Robinette said.

“The score really wasn’t indicative of our play,” Robinette said. “You know, again, I’m happy we’re improving.”

He said the Durango defense played stellar in the first half against its Mountain League opponent, with the Demons holding the Tigers to just two goals after the first quarter and four in the first half.

Durango trailed 4-1 at the break.

Walker Brown “definitely did his part” in goal, the coach said, tallying 16 saves on the night, before a sluggish second-half start from his teammates out front let the game get away.

“The third quarter kind of did us in,” Robinette said.

The Tigers scored two quick ones off the whistle, going on to finish the quarter on a 5-1 run before the final score after a two-goal fourth quarter.

“That kind of gave them some momentum,” Robinette said. “We had some lapses on defense for a little bit, but we kind of righted the ship and got it together.”

Trevor Gabbard scored both of the DHS goals, the first on a set-play assist from Jered Cook and the second “a nice, ripping bounce shot from about 12 yards out.”

DHS (1-2, 0-2 Mountain League) will play another Mountain League match against Fruita Monument at 11 a.m. Saturday in Grand Junction.

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