The Durango High School girls lacrosse team isnt as happy about opening its season at home as one might think.
Not only did the Demons lose their first three games to the weather all to be played on the Front Range the long-lived Four Corners snow took their field lines, too.
By Wednesday afternoon, the Demons hadnt yet gotten a single practice on a properly marked girls lacrosse pitch. They will open Mountain League play against Fruita Monument at 4 p.m. today at DHS, before league play keeps rolling at 11 a.m. Saturday against Aspen.
We havent been outside as much as wed like, DHS head coach Jenni Darlow said at Wednesdays indoor practice. Theres no room for error; theres no room for We can fix that later. We can fix it today and tomorrow.
Just how much does Durango need to fix?
Even after losing a bevy of key players last year, probably not a whole lot, said Darlow, last years Mountain League co-Coach of the Year.
Her top goal for this year involves more goals. Scoring them, that is more offensive production, more goals.
Not from one person, either, she said. I think well have three or four top scorers.
Last years 10-3 team was defense-heavy. It didnt score many goals, but it didnt need to.
This year, Darlow wants to see some scorers step up, starting with senior Alyssa Montoya, last years assist leader.
I think its definitely motivation for myself and also maybe to be a leader, said Montoya, daughter of Richard and Victoria Montoya.
Im just ready to play lacrosse.
Sara Martin, who missed last season with shoulder surgery, will provide a boost in the midfield transition with her stick skills, Darlow said, while Hannah Quick makes the move from low defense to low offense to add some more scoring firepower.
That girl can shoot, Darlow said. I expect her to have a pretty big impact.
Still, in the programs fifth year, Darlow doesnt want a ramped-up offense to rise at the expense of her defense.
I dont want to see a letdown, she said.
DHS freshman Shaelee Hawkins should provide some new blood with stellar defense with the help of sophomore Kelsey Pools real knack for interceptions and deflections.
In fact, Darlow said shes comfortable with her pieces at all of the field positions.
The only big question is how to replace goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer, whos off to a 4-3 start for the Fort Lewis Colleges womens lacrosse team after graduating last spring.
DHS senior McKenna Rigdon will try to play the part.
A transfer from Missouri, Darlow said shes still getting used to the defense and Durango system, especially after not having played goalkeeper since her freshman year.
But ready or not, lacrosse season is here.
I think weve got a good group, Montoya said. I think well do good.