DHS boys will have to pick up their lacrosse pace

Fourth-quarter goal spoils shutout; Demons will try and rebound today

Senior Hayden Siekman stepped in front of the pass in the defensive zone, intercepted the ball and raced back through the midfield for the Durango Demons.

Pushing through defenders, he passed the lacrosse ball ahead to Kyle Truax, who quickly passed the ball behind the Fruita Monument goal to Duncan Whitley.

Whitley then dished to Paul Bikis on the left side, near the goal mouth.

Bikis’ precise cross-field pass found the stick of Truax, who scored the goal for the Demons.

The crowd-pleasing shot in the fourth quarter was Durango’s only goal of Friday afternoon’s game, but it broke the Wildcats’ shutout. Undefeated Fruita Monument (3-0) beat the Durango boys lacrosse team 9-1 at sunny DHS Stadium.

“I knew I was right in front of the goal, but I saw he (Truax) was wide open,” said Bikis, a DHS senior captain. “So ... one more pass, and he finished.”

The quick-attack goal lifted the spirits of the Demons (0-5) ahead of today’s 11 a.m. game against Grand Junction.

“It was good to at least get one,” said Bikis, who lashed several on-net shots against the Wildcats.

“We had some good looks, but we just couldn’t quite finish,” Bikis said of the majority of Durango’s 18 shots Friday, including numerous attacks by Siekman.

“I think we can improve ... get more ball movement,” Bikis said.

Durango head coach John Robinette agreed.

“We squandered too many opportunities,” Robinette said. “Guys on the offensive end just got too excited. Instead of finishing the play, they rushed it.”

Turnovers also cost the Demons, Robinette said.

“We have to protect the ball better. You saw how many times we just threw it away,” Robinette said after the Wildcats converted Durango’s first-half turnovers into a 5-0 lead.

Fruita Monument scored twice again in the third quarter and twice in the fourth.

The Wildcats had 28 shots against Durango’s rotating goalkeepers Walker Brown and Robert Moore.

“Most of their goals were scored in transition,” said Robinette, who added the DHS defense allowed the Wildcats to pick up momentum through the midfield.

“I thought we didn’t do a good enough job of marking guys in the open field. That allowed them to move the ball up ... and then find the open man (for a shot).”

Fruita Monument scored first 1:30 into the game on a point-blank shot from Grant Gillespie.

Teammate Tanner McKenzie followed with the first of his two goals with 7:54 to go in the first period.

Nic Chaffee, a freshman, scored the first of his two goals at the end of the first quarter to give Fruita Monument a 3-0 lead.

Chazz Lakin and Dru Weihl scored for the Wildcats in the second period.

Aiden Woomer and Corey Henrickson also added second-half goals for Fruita Monument.

The Demons, Robinette said, must play faster and take advantage of their opportunities today.

“Offensively, we didn’t move the ball fast enough,” Robinette said. “The one goal we got was because we moved the ball quickly behind the net and moved it back to the other side fast.”