Smiling seniors exorcise their Demons

DHS boys lacrosse team wins final home game – for coach, for seniors

Hayden Siekman’s ear-to-ear senior smile said it all. And it was even bigger than Durango’s margin of victory.

“This was definitely a memorable one,” Siekman said after the DHS boys lacrosse team overwhelmed Glenwood Springs 15-4 on Saturday – senior day for Siekman and his senior teammates.

“This is the last time we get to suit up here,” said Siekman, who scored a hat trick and added two assists in his final appearance at DHS Stadium.

“It was great to come out and play really clean ... and then finish,” said the senior captain, son of Dana and the late Tony Siekman.

He scored in the first quarter after Durango already had stunned the visiting Demons with three goals in the opening 6 minutes of the game.

“We came out ready to win, and it showed on the field,” said Siekman, who scored his third goal in the final quarter, assisted by fellow senior Kavi Poole.

Seniors Will Jernigan, Paul Bikis and Conor Skurky also scored for Durango on a day when the Class of 2012 was in the spotlight.

“This is our seniors’ last game (in Durango), so we wanted them to get as many goals as possible,” said sophomore Jared Cook, who contributed a team-high four goals to Saturday’s victory.

He said the DHS underclassmen were determined to give the seniors a win in their final home game.

An offense that dominated possession and produced at least three goals in each quarter with a total of 36 shots ensured the hometown Demons’ third win of the season.

“It was movement, passing ... working together,” said Cook, who scored Durango’s second goal after taking a pinpoint pass from Kyle Truax.

“It gets everyone so much more pumped when you score early like that,” he said.

Cook scored twice in the explosive third quarter when Durango pushed a 7-2 halftime lead to 12-3.

“(Friday), when we lost to Aspen, we weren’t really moving or passing the ball the way we could,” said Cook, the son of Bill Cook and Tamara LaZar.

“But (Saturday) we came out fired up ... passing and moving.”

Truax also had a hat trick for Durango, with all three of his goals coming in the first half.

Glenwood Springs posted goals by J.R. Krueger, Alejandro Belandria, Thomas Hooker and Kris Krueger. The Glenwood Springs Demons (2-6) include players from Glenwood Springs as well as nearby Roaring Fork and Basalt high schools.

“Glenwood’s one of those teams that is in the same boat with us,” Durango head coach John Robinette said. “They are a newer program ... developing like us.”

Durango responded Saturday with one of their most potent offensive games of the season, Robinette said.

“Facing a team we know we can compete with ... we get more confidence. It shows in ... stick work, execution,” Robinette said.

“I’m really happy for the seniors to go out as winners on their home field,” he said.

The seniors, Siekman said, were happy to record the victory for the team and for their coach.

“John Robinette has done a great job with this program,” said Siekman, a four-year starter for the DHS boys lacrosse team. “He really strives to see all of us play well.

“He loves being out here; he loves the game; he loves seeing us play the game,” Siekman said.

Durango (3-8) will hit the road next weekend for the final games of the regular season at Grand Junction and Fruita Monument.