DHS boys lacrosse sees improvement in defeat

Once again, the Durango High School boys lacrosse team showed progress.

Once again, the Demons lost a Mountain League game on the road.

“Again, we’re steadily improving, slowly but surely,” DHS head coach John Robinette said.

Fruita Monument beat Durango 10-2 on Saturday.

“That’s the least amount of goals we’ve given up this season,” Robinette said. “We’ve gotten better all three games.

“We just need more offensive firepower, more scoring, more shots.”

Jered Cook scored for Durango in the first quarter.

Fruita Monument led 5-1 at halftime, then DHS came out with a “strong third quarter,” Robinette said.

DHS freshman Josh Looman assisted Liam Millar’s goal to pull the Demons within three at 5-2.

Fruita Monument, however, rallied with four goals late in the third, including a tally with about 6 seconds to play in the quarter.

Walker Brown made 11 saves for DHS.

“He’s playing well,” Robinette said. “We just need to give him some more goal scoring.

“And it doesn’t get any easier next weekend.”

Durango will play Steamboat Springs and Summit on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in Grand Junction.

“They’ve been the top two teams in the conference the last several years,” said Robinette, who could see this 1-3, 0-3 Mountain League start coming with six difficult road games to start the season and nary an outdoors practice in between.

“We’re looking forward to actually practicing outdoors this week,” he said.

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