DHS girls lose by ... you guessed it ... one goal – again

Durango High School girls lacrosse has three losses this season: three losses by three goals.

And you can hear the frustration mounting in the head coach’s voice.

“Really, we beat ourselves,” DHS coach Jenni Darlow said Saturday after the Demons’ 9-8 loss to Battle Mountain. “Battle Mountain played well, and they’re a good team, but we beat ourselves.”

Darlow ticked off the Demons’ areas in need of improvement:

Turnovers – “we gave the ball over and over and over again.”

Homework – “we didn’t clean up the things we needed to from the day before.”

Execution – “we didn’t execute well.”

Groundballs – “we were serving up groundballs left and right.”

Time of possession – “I wish I had the numbers, but it was heavily favored toward Battle Mountain.”

And not to mention the Demons (1-3, 1-3 Mountain League) were missing four of their varsity regulars, the conditions were harsh, the game time was moved up two hours, and the game itself was moved to Eagle Valley High School.

“But they had to deal with all those things, too,” Darlow said.

The game was close throughout, tied 5-5 with less than a minute to play in the first half and tied 8-8 with less than a minute to play in regulation. Battle Mountain scored with 18 seconds to play in the first half for a 6-5 lead, then scored again with 19 seconds to play in regulation for the one-goal victory, the Demons’ third one-goal defeat this season.

Tymbree Hawkins, who “played great all weekend,” Darlow said, led the Demons with four goals and an assist.

Hannah Quick had one goal and three assists, Alyssa Montoya had one goal and one assist, and Alyssa Swan and Haley Dallas had one goal apiece.

McKenna Rigdon was “amazing” with 13 saves and Battle Mountain constantly on the attack, and “on defense, we made two key huge defensive lapses that led to goals, but other than that, our defense did a really good job,” Darlow said. “I mean, they played defense for like 45 minutes.”