The Demons had enough close losses.
The Demons had enough close games all together.
Alyssa Montoya broke out with five goals and two assists, and the Durango High School girls lacrosse team swept past Mountain League opponent Summit 17-3 on Saturday at DHS Stadium.
“She really wanted it (Saturday),” DHS head coach Jenni Darlow said. Tymbree Hawkins added three more goals and four assists, on top of leading the Demons to about 50 percent of the draw controls.“Tymbree’s a rock star,” Darlow said. “We can count on her to do whatever’s needed.”It was the most complete game the DHS girls have put together so far this year, and it certainly was their most aggressive, putting the pressure on the Tigers early and never really letting up after a spate of single-goal losses in their first four games.
Montoya credited the team’s week of intense practices for developing an aggressive spirit that made sure the Tigers didn’t find their way back into the competition.“We play like we practice, and we practiced hard this week,” the senior leader said. “We brought it on the field, and then we’re friends again after practice.”
Montoya scored first, on a free position shot just a minute and a half into play, then Summit answered, tying the game at 1-all – the closest the Tigers would get. The Demons practically put the game away with four quick goals in the next 2 minutes and 20 seconds, including the prettiest goal of the day.
Hawkins shot a slick pass to Haley Dallas in front of the Summit goal. Dallas faked right, twisted around left and flicked the shot in for the 2-1 lead.
Hawkins added a few aesthetic goals of her own later in the game – hard-charging flings through traffic. She split a pair of defenders, then beat the Summit goalkeeper low to go up 7-1 and added two more long, powerful goals (going up 8-1 and 15-3) by out-juking the Tigers’ swarming midfield and defenders to find space to shoot.
“I was proud of that. I was really trying to push in,” Hawkins said. “I like to drag to one side, then go the other way. It’s pretty easy to take them one way, especially with my speed.”
Alyssa Swan added three more goals for DHS, and McKenna Rigdon saved four shots in Durango’s net.
But Hawkins was happiest with her work in the center circle on the draws. She helped win about half of the draws, the Demons’ best performance at home so far this year.
“That center is really important to me,” Hawkins said.
“If you do good on draws, you can wipe ’em out,” she said with a tip of her head toward the scoreboard.
If the Demons figured out how to win big, they forgot how to scoop up the ball, however. Even Hawkins admitted embarrassment over her team’s troubles with the groundball.That, and some “dumb turnovers” caused by offsides calls, kept Darlow from calling the easy win the complete performance the Demons still are searching for.“Our groundballs were really ugly,” she said. “We still haven’t had a game where we can put everything together. We were close (Saturday).”Durango (2-3, 2-3 Mountain League) will have to wait awhile until it gets that next shot.DHS will host Mountain League-opponent Grand Junction on April 19 at DHS Stadium, its final home game (of just four) and the first of a handful after spring break to finish the regular season.