They don't make a jersey small enough for Siena Gumbiner, but it wasn't her fashion that drew everybody's attention Friday afternoon at DHS Stadium.Gumbiner led the Demons with two goals, setting up the Demon offense and collecting countless ground balls at the offensive end during Durango's 12-5 home-opening loss against Grand Valley (4-0), who beat the Demons (0-4) 11-1 in their inaugural game.
"It went a lot better," DHS head coach Jenni Darlow said of the rematch.
"For the people that saw our games, this weekend to last weekend, we're completely different," Darlow said. "The girls did great. They looked like lacrosse players (Friday)."
Grand Valley scored first, but Gumbiner responded, circling around the net and scooping in a backhanded shot to tie it, then Flor Chacon muscled it through the Grand Valley defense and gave Durango its first-ever lead.
That lead was erased when Grand Valley's Mikayla Clark ran through the heart of the Demon defense and scored unimpeded. The Lightning took control of possession and began to set up their offense, getting another score from Brianna True.
With the momentum shifting, DHS attackman Hanna Rossi took it from midfield and ran full bore through the Lightning defense, finishing over Stephanie Long's right shoulder to again make it even for the Demons, the last time they'd hold that distinction.
"She's a phenomenal athlete, and she picks up sports quickly," Darlow said of Rossi. "As her skills improve, she's going to be a force to reckon with. She'll be one of the best players in the conference, I have no doubt."
The Lightning scored four unanswered goals before Chacon scored her second to keep it close at 6-4.
Grand Valley pulled away on another streak, however, this one three goals long.
Gumbiner put her signature on the day's work when she scurried past two defenders, dropped the ball and batted it in for Durango's final score.
"This was kind of a breakout game for Sienna," Darlow said.
"She's so speedy. She's really hard to defend because she's small. I'm a defender, and that frustrates me to defend someone (like that). She will be a dynamite player as her skills continue to improve."
The Demons managed 22 shots against the Lightning, but Grand Valley's Stephanie Long was up to the task, stopping 17.
"It was good lacrosse all around," Darlow said. "It was impressive to watch, it was exciting."
Darlow said it was extra rewarding to play so well at home.
"It's awesome that they got to see us play and see that we're good," Darlow said. "We've played a week, essentially, of real games, and we're good.
"I'm incredibly surprised and impressed because I remember when I started playing and how nervous I was and how hard of a sport it is to learn, so these girls are amazing. They blow my mind every day."
The Demons hope the third time's a charm when they play Grand Valley again at 11 a.m. today at DHS Stadium.