The Durango High School boys lacrosse team played a doubleheader in the desert Saturday, losing two games in Grand Junction.
The Demons lost 11-2 to the Grand Valley combined team before falling 8-5 to Summit.
"Grand Junction's got a real good team this year," DHS head coach Jed Gilden said. "They've got four high schools to choose from, so they've got a lot of players."
Grand Valley started fast with three early goals in the opener. The Demons stayed within 5-2 at halftime on two goals from Aaron Blue.
Grand Valley broke the game open with six goals in the second half.
"They had a lot of fresh legs out there," Gilden said.
Blue, Jamie Hards and Connor Coughlan scored goals for Durango in the second game.
"Our defense really stepped it up in the second game," Gilden said. "Cory Kerns, in goal, had some good saves to keep it close in the second game."
The DHS coach said Zane Bilgrav, a sophomore attackman, had an outstanding day.
"He played really good in both games (Saturday)," Gilden said.
He said the Demons showed marked improvement before the Demons return home for games next weekend at DHS Stadium.
"Our passing and catching got better and better," he said.