Demons’ girls lacrosse suffers a ‘setback’

A shorthanded team with an atypical performance typically has a rough go of things, and the Durango High School girls lacrosse team suffered that fate Saturday, losing for the first time this season in a 9-6 defeat at Fruita Monument.

“We’re already a depleted team,” DHS head coach Jenni Darlow said of her squad, which was missing several players to spring break, illness or injury. “We weren’t ourselves at all.”

Durango (6-1, 6-1 Mountain League) got two goals from Siena Gumbiner and Ruthie Edd, a goal and an assist from Alyssa Montoya and a goal from Tymbree Hawkins.

Montoya made 15 saves, but Darlow said her workload was too high because of breakdowns defensively.

“Her defense left her out to dry far too many times. ... We had to implement a new defense about five minutes before the game started. It wasn’t our team, but there’s still no excuse,” Darlow said.

It was a rough setback for a Durango team looking to make its first postseason appearance in its fourth year of existence. But despite the setback, Darlow said she and her charges are ready to move on and get back in the win column.

“The season’s not over. We have six more varsity games to play. ... We’re not done. It’s a setback,” she said.