Demons’ girls lacrosse rallies around its depleted roster

Spring break, illness and injury depleted the Durango High School girls lacrosse roster Friday, but that didn’t stop the players that remained from keeping the Demons undefeated with an 8-4 win over Fruita Monument.

Alyssa Montoya, Siena Gumbiner, Haley Dallas and Tymbree Hawkins each scored twice to power DHS (6-0), which was without leading scorer Jessie Ransford and lost offensive stalwart Alison Millar to a likely ACL injury this week.

“No one came out and felt like they had to run the show on their own, because that wouldn’t have been good,” DHS head coach Jenni Darlow said.

Still, the game was tied at 3 at halftime, with a few defensive breakdowns leading to Wildcat goals. Without two of their three starting defenders, the Demons were susceptible to miscues, Darlow said.

Durango would answer with four goals in a span of about 2˝ minutes early in the second half, and Alyssa Spencer made 11 saves to keep the Demons unbeaten.

“The last time I checked, she was third in the state as far as goalkeeping goes, either by goals against or save percentage,” Darlow said of Spencer.

Even after a shorthanded victory, Darlow said she hoped DHS wouldn’t take today’s rematch with Fruita Monument for granted – especially since DHS is trying to establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in Year 4.

“I want that intimidation factor going into our (upcoming) games,” Darlow said. “I don’t want other teams thinking we’re just squeaking by.”

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