Snow on Friday, Skiers on Saturday.The Durango High School boys lacrosse team didn't fare as well against the latter, losing both games at Durango Stadium in a doubleheader against Aspen High School after winning its first-ever CHSAA-recognized lacrosse matchup the day prior.
Aspen maintained a balanced attack in the first, with nine Skiers scoring goals in the 11-8 victory.
The Skiers went ahead 3-0 early and held on despite a DHS charge, adding two quick goals at the end so the final margin didn't reflect the competitiveness of the game.
"They played good," DHS boys lacrosse coach Jed Gilden said of his Demons (1-2). "They started a little slow, but that's to be expected after a full-length cold game in the snow (Friday)."
Durango got hat tricks from senior Aaron Blue and sophomore Dane Bier. Sophomores Tyler Calahan and Luke Fauver scored the others.
The weary Demons again started slow in the later contest, going down 5-0 in the first quarter before rallying to a 5-7 deficit with a few minutes left in the third. The Skiers held on, however, scoring three more times for a final of 10-5.
Zane Bilgrav scored twice for DHS, with Bier, Calahan and Jamie Hards adding the others.
Hards, whose playing time was limited after twisting his ankle in the first game, drew his teammates' applause when he caught a pass from Devin Owen and, with his back to the goal, deftly flipped it underhand past startled Aspen goalie Desmond Duggan.
Rex Christensen had his second consecutive two-goal game for the Skiers, adding two assists. Zach Ware also scored twice.
The Skiers had a combined 73-32 advantage on ground balls Saturday.
"They were just having trouble picking up the ball," Gilden said. "We got a good look at what we need to work on and touch up for the rest of the season."
Nicky Ufkes, a standout wide receiver and kick returner for Aspen's football team, was dominant as a faceoff specialist, winning 11 of 13 in the first game and 12 of 15 in the second.
"He killed us on faceoffs," Gilden said. "That's definitely something we're going to have to work on, because faceoffs are huge, especially when you're putting in a lot of goals."
Ufkes also tallied a goal and an assist in the second game.
"We've played Durango many times at a club level, and this is the first time we've beaten them," said Aspen head coach Mike Goerne. "We lost to them quite a few times, and we tied them once, but this is the first time on the record books that we've gotten a 'W.'"
Gilden said Aspen's program has matured.
"They're definitely better than they have been, and we lost a bunch of starting players from last year," Gilden said. "We've kind of got a young team, and I think (Aspen is) just starting to get a little bit older. They made us check our ego, so it was good."
DHS travels to Grand Junction for two games on Friday and Saturday, starting at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively.