The Demons needed more time - and a little more defense.
The Durango High School girls lacrosse team closed its home game against Aspen on Friday afternoon with a furious
But five second-half goals, including the final three goals of the match, weren't enough to offset Aspen's early
offense, and the visiting Skiers defeated Durango 10-6 at DHS Stadium on a sunny/snowy/breezy afternoon that included
30 seconds of pea-sized hail.
We needed a third half," said Jenni Darlow, the DHS head coach. We picked it up throughout the whole game, but
we're hurting on defense."
She said the Demons' defensive inexperience, with several new players in different positions, took a toll against an
aggressive Aspen attack.
Our defense had holes. Eventually, they exploited it," Darlow said after watching the Skiers break to a 4-1 halftime
advantage and an eventual six-goal lead.
But we were really pleased with what we saw on offense in the second half," the Durango coach said after the Demons
outshot the Skiers 15-10 in the final 25-minute period.
Taylor Moore started the late scoring surge for the Demons, cutting into the six-goal margin.
She added two more Durango goals in the final five minutes.
Moore also was involved in another DHS goal from Mollie Bennett as the Demons outscored Aspen 4-2 over the final 9
Taylor was awesome (Friday)," Darlow said. She made really good feeds and some great cuts. That's how she got that
last goal, on a good cut through."
Ruthie Edd gave the Demons a quick 1-0 lead just 2 minutes into the afternoon match, scoring on Durango's first shot
The Skiers tied the game on the first of Olivia Porcaro's five goals.
Mary Beasley and Nevada Crandall added two goals each for Aspen, who also had a goal from Savannah Johnson.
Our shot placement has improved dramatically," Aspen coach Meredith Elwell Sauder said. It's great for our attack
when we are recognizing open lanes."
At one point, her Skiers scored four goals on five shots.
When the lane was there, we went for it," the Aspen coach said, with a nod to the aggressive attacks from Porcaro.
She said the Skiers had a tough time against Durango goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer.
Their goalie did a great job. She got to everything. (Friday), we were very conscious of shooting opposite post
because their keeper is so athletic," Elwell Sauder said.
She said the Skiers were happy to make their first-ever lacrosse trip to Durango, a six-hour drive.
We were a little worried about the weather coming down, but it turned out to be a perfect afternoon," said Elwell
Sauder, who is leading a first-year program.
We're excited to come back and play (today)," she said.
Aspen (4-4) will play Durango (4-4) again at 11 a.m. today at DHS Stadium. The Demons are in their second season of
Today's contest is a chance for the Demons to reverse their usual trend of winning the first of a weekend
doubleheader and losing the second game.
We're hoping to turn that around (today)," Darlow said, who saw the Demons make midfield runs and offensive attacks
with Flor Chacon, Alison Millar, Becca Rossi, Elise Gummow, Rachel Giersch, Kallie Strode, Sara Martin and Sam
Taylor, among others.
Honestly, the whole game (Friday) had encouraging parts. This was the best technical lacrosse we've played all
season - by far," Darlow said.
In the first half, we were forcing it a lot. But as the game went on, we were smart with our passing, good with our
cuts," the DHS coach said.
We need a continuation of that," she said.