It was gut-check time for the Durango High School boys lacrosse team Tuesday night in Telluride.
The Demons fell behind by two goals in the final period before tying it up to force overtime and finally finding the net in the second extra period to clinch the 7-6 win.
I told the guys I was really proud of them, DHS head coach John Robinette said. When we went down by two we could have easily rolled over and give up. They kind of just bared down and kept grinding away and got it done. Its all great.
Duncan Whitley scored the game winner on a set play designed as a pass. He curled around from behind the net looking for the assist, saw his target was covered, then drove the ball home himself instead.
Earlier in the year he wouldve tried to force the pass, but he was smart and realized the situation and reacted, Robinette said.
Kyle Truax led the team with three goals and three assists.
The real star, though, Robinette said, was Demons goalkeeper Walker Brown, who saved 24 shots against the Miners.
Some of those were in overtime and in the final minutes, Robinette said. He had some huge saves. It was pretty spectacular.
Patrick Cunnion also won nine of 14 faceoffs to help the Demons to victory.
Early in the game, Durango opened up a 2-0 lead before the Miners tied it up 3-3 at halftime.
The Demons again took the lead at 4-3, but Telluride answered with aplomb, going up 6-4.
Durango tied the game off a set play with 2½ minutes to play and battled to a stalemate in the first overtime.
DHS (4-10) will play at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Springs.