Once the Demons started singing, they started scoring.
The Durango High School girls lacrosse team, after a muted first half and a discouraging 6-2 deficit to Aspen, used a
halftime singing bee and an explosive offense to turn Saturday's game at DHS Stadium into a one-goal thriller.
The Skiers managed just one goal in the second half against the re-energized Demons.
Durango, meanwhile, scored four times in the final 25 minutes but came up short 7-6 in the second game of a two-day
We got more intense in the second half," said Durango's Taylor Moore, who assisted on two Flor Chacon goals in the
opening minutes of the half.
We realized we needed to step it up, and we needed to slow it down, definitely slow it down," said Moore, who also
had a first-half goal for Durango.
Slowing it down in the offensive end helped us a lot," she said after the Demons outscored Aspen 4-1 in the second
Their newfound offensive patience yielded three consecutive goals from Chacon to start the period, cutting Aspen's
lead to 6-5 with 12:26 to play.
Chacon's third score came at the end of an efficient Durango counterattack that went the length of the field and
included a handful of Demons.
The one-goal difference held until the 6:24 mark when Aspen's Delaney Connor bounced a shot into the Durango net.
Trailing 7-5, the Demons continued to attack.
They scored their final goal in the closing seconds when Alison Millar slashed through the Aspen defense.
Our little singing bee?" Moore said of the halftime harmony. We used that to put the last half behind us, and
we went out there intense for the second half."
The first half, however, left the Demons in a four-goal deficit in a virtual replay of Friday afternoon's 10-6 loss
to the Skiers.
Mary Beasley and Olivia Porcaro each scored twice in the first half for the Skiers, who also had goals from Allie
Garrett and Nevada Crandall.
It's frustrating because it was so similar to Friday," Durango head coach Jenni Darlow said. We picked it up at the
end, but it's hard to win games that way.
Our team has so much potential, we're just not consistent," she said.
She said Aspen's tall and lanky defenders posed some problems for the Demons in the weekend series, particularly in
the first half Saturday.
The Demons finally broke the Skiers' defense when Kallie Strode closed the first half with a goal, assisted by Ruthie
Edd. The score cut the Aspen lead to 6-2 before the halftime concert.
We saw some good things. The second half was great," Darlow said, adding that the Demons' shooting efficiency was
much better in the second half.
She said the impromptu halftime singalong might be the Demons' secret weapon - either the singing or Justin Bieber's
This team does well when they're singing and having a good time," she said.
Durango really came out with a different momentum in the second half," Aspen coach Meredith Elwell Sauder said.
We need to learn how to respond to that. We didn't give our defense much of a break."
The Skiers, with prolific first-half offense Friday and Saturday, moved to 5-4 with the weekend sweep.
Durango fell to 4-5 with one game remaining next weekend when Eagle Valley visits for an 11 a.m. contest Saturday.
The level of lacrosse out here (Saturday) for a first-year program and a second-year program was impressive,"
said Elwell Sauder, who directs the first-year Skiers. It's good to see lacrosse growing like this,"
the Aspen coach said.