Check one off the unbeaten list the Durango High School girls lacrosse team tallied its first ever victory against Summit on Friday.
Jessie Ransford led the charge for the Demons, scoring four goals and adding one assist. That, DHS head coach Jennifer Darlow said, wasnt much of a surprise.
I think were getting to the point where we can kind of expect that from her, Darlow said.
Without leading scorer Alison Millar, whos still missing because of a hockey commitment and now a concussion, Siena Gumbiner added two more goals for the Demons, and Haley Dallas and Alyssa Montoya each scored one each.
Becca Rossi scored an assist.
I like to see assists. Fast-break goals are nice, and we get a lot of those, Darlow said. But really were only playing some good team lacrosse when we can get assists.
An improved clearing game that began with DHS goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer and twice ended with Dallas also spurred that Demons fast-break game, Darlow said. Instead of giving the ball back to Summit to bring it right back down our throats, the girls did a good job of clearing after saves and transitioning into attack mode.
The Demons shot 8-for-21 on the night.
Which isnt bad ... you cant score if youre not taking shots. Im not upset with that at all, Darlow said.
Those scores didnt come early, though. Ten minutes passed in the game before either side found net as both teams struggled to put together a coherent attack, Darlow said.
About 12 minutes in, a flurry of goals put Durango up 3-0, but Summit rallied in the final minutes of the first half to pull within one at 3-2.
After the half, Summit took the lead before Montoya got a free shot from the 8-meter mark.
She had a really great shot, so that tied it up, Darlow said.
From there, the Demons scored three more goals in a span of about two minutes, two of them on fast breaks from Ransford. Summit tried to battle back but finished two goals down.
Im glad we got our win, Darlow said. But she added she was troubled by breakdowns in the work-in-progress zone defense, especially since Summit also was missing its leading scorer, Ivy Marshall.
So really Im not happy with our defensive effort, Darlow said.
Still, Spencer made 12 out of 18 saves to give the Demons their margin of victory.
She made great saves, Darlow said. She stopped some with her stick; she stopped some with her shoulder; she stopped some with her helmet; she stopped some with her leg.
Durango will play Eagle Valley at 11 a.m. today.