The forecast: Freezing rain with more than a chance of victory.
The Durango High School boys lacrosse team drenched an already soaked Telluride team with shots Tuesday afternoon, drowning the Miners 11-3 for the Demons’ second victory of the season.
“We kicked (butt); it was a good game,” senior Paul Bikis said. “It was good to come out and finally get another victory. I think we all played well.”
Bikis led the Demons with four goals and three assists at a wet and cold DHS Stadium, including the first goal of the game less than two minutes in on an assist from Jared Cook.
Cook had three goals and three assists, Kyle Truax added a hat trick and an assist, and Hayden Siekman had a goal and an assist.
Ten of Durango’s 11 goals were assisted.
“You can’t score without it,” Cook said of the assists. “You need your teammates there for you.”
In a fashion uncharacteristic of their season so far, the Demons jumped to a quick 5-0 lead just as the drizzle started to fall.
“We came out fired up, which definitely helped,” said Siekman, who scored the second goal, beating Telluride keeper TJ Fulton with a groundball to the corner of the net.
“We scored early on, which is a big thing,” Cook said.
“It definitely helps with the attitude of the team.”
But the Demons’ lead started to slip along with their footing as the rain-soaked field got slicker in the second quarter.
The Miners’ Brooks Rodgers scored Telluride’s first goal with 18 seconds to go in the first quarter to close within four. Austin Beveridge put a second one in with about 9 minutes to go in the second half, while the Demons went more than more than 18 minutes without scoring to finish off the half.
“We started out really strong. Second quarter was a bit of a lull,” said DHS head coach John Robinette, who challenged the boys in the locker room to come out with that first-quarter passion and put the game out of reach.
“They responded for sure. They came out and got another couple quick ones, and we put it away,” Robinette said.
As the rain started to abate, Cook extended the lead two minutes into the half, then added another one with 6:30 to go in third frame to go up 7-2.
Durango’s otherwise stellar defense fumbled a clear with two minutes to go in the third, and Telluride’s Lawson Omer scooped up the groundball to beat DHS keeper Robert Moore on a fast break.
Moore made five saves Tuesday, and DHS defenders held the Miners’ attack to just a handful of shots.
“The defense was stellar,” Robinette said. “Jacob Boyle down there on D – groundballs – I mean he just sticks them to his stick.”
Durango responded minutes into the fourth frame, though, using smooth perimeter passing to find gaps in the Miners’ defense as they had throughout play.
Truax scored first with a nifty flick off of two quick passes into the interior of the Telluride defense, then Bikis followed suit, cutting to the goal about 30 seconds later to go up 9-3.
“We finished our goals, which is good,” Bikis said after the Demons’ eight-goal victory. “We had good ball movement, good cuts through and finishing shots; that’s what it really came down to.”
Truax slung another into the net to put Durango in double digits with seven minutes to play in the game, and Bikis capped off the win over the Miners (0-7) when the patient DHS attack put the ball on his stick about 15 yards out; he hit the corner of the net in spite of taking a stick to the helmet.
“I think that was the best we’ve played all year,” Robinette said. “It helps when guys are moving the ball and fired up to play. ... To be able to come out here in bad weather conditions and be able to have that first quarter like we did and come out on fire like that, it was awesome.”
DHS (2-7) will look to carry over some of that momentum from the victory into their home game against Aspen at 4 p.m. Friday at DHS Stadium.
“Capitalizing on the little things is definitely going to help us in other games against other opponents,” Siekman said.