Demons’ best brings defeat

DHS boys lacrosse falls on the road to another Mountain League leader

The Demons played their best lacrosse of the season.

They even won a half.

The Durango High School boys lacrosse team, however, lost 14-6 to Mountain League opponent Summit on Saturday in Grand Junction but scored first and led 3-2 going into halftime.

“We were totally competing. The kids were playing their hearts out,” DHS head coach John Robinette said. “Defense was knocking down passes; we were winning faceoffs.

“We’re definitely improving.”

Jacob Boyle, who moved from defense to midfield this season, had a breakout game, Robinette said. He scored two goals, picked up eight groundballs and won six of 11 faceoffs.

“He did awesome,” Robinette said.

Trevor Gabbert scored two more for the Demons, and Walker Brown made 13 saves in goal in the first half before finishing with 18 total.

But the third quarter did Durango in.

The Tigers opened the half with a 6-0 run, scoring seven goals in that quarter, then five more in the fourth for the final margin.

Durango (1-4, 0-4 Mountain League) will play Battle Mountain at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s the last in a string of top-tier conference competition to start the season before “opponents come a little more in our range ... more in our caliber,” Robinette said.

DHS will play its home opener against Pueblo West at 2 p.m. Saturday at DHS Stadium.