Last Saturday only one thing went right for the Durango High School girls lacrosse team: the result.
But Friday afternoon in Aspen a few more things went well. Actually, DHS coach Jenni Darlow said, everything did.
For the first time in Durango’s program history the Demons beat the Skiers, 10-3 this time.
“Now we can check Aspen off that list,” Darlow said. “It was the best game we’ve played on the season. It was the most complete game.”
If everything went right, one thing went more right than the others, Darlow said – the defense.
“Our defense played lights out,” Darlow said. “Our defensive effort was great. It was more than just (goalkeeper) Alyssa (Spencer); Alyssa was her normal self.”
Spencer saved nine shots – some of them from point-blank range – but to allow just 12 shots from a high-powered Aspen (7-2 overall, 7-1 Mountain League) offense was “out of this world,” Darlow said.
Liz Lozano was the defensive anchor on Friday, keeping the defense organized and in position to block Skier attacks while forcing some turnovers in her own right.
Hannah Quick (“She was all over the ball, not allowing Aspen to have breathing room”), Rachel Gersh (“Positioning was great, checking was good”) and Becca Rossi did the rest, disrupting Apsen’s passing and swarming the opposition if they entered the 8-meter line.
Then, 10 goals didn’t hurt either.
Jessie Ransford led the Demons with five goals on 10 shots, followed by Siena Gumbiner, who had three goals in five attempts.
“She kind of got out of her slump,” Darlow said. “It was really nice for her to break out of that.”
Tymbree Hawkins and Haley Dallas each scored one apeice, and Alyssa Montoya had two “beautiful” assists.
If anything could go better in the Demons’ rematch against Aspen today, it’s draw control, Darlow said.
Durango (8-1 overall, 8-1 ML) was 4-for-12, with Dallas being the “bright spot.”
“It’s not awful, but we’d like it to be better,” Darlow said.