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Durango lacrosse teams compete in Vail

Two squads win tournament titles
Asher Owens of Durango competes against Aspen in the Vail Lax Jam over the weekend. Owens and his fifth-sixth grade team won the tournament. (Courtesy Tanya Clegg)

Four Durango youth lacrosse teams competed in the Vail Lax Jam, held in Eagle and Edwards over the weekend, and two captured team titles.

The third/fourth grade boys and the fifth/sixth grade boys teams both won their divisions while the seventh and eighth grade boys and girls teams each placed third.

The third/fourth grade team went undefeated to win its division.

The team beat Aspen 12-1, Grand Valley 5-4, Summit/West Elk 9-3 and Aspen again, 11-6.

Jack Cavanaugh had three hat tricks, including four goals in the second match with Aspen. Colby Philpott also had a hat trick against Grand Valley, Ollie Owens scored five goals against Aspen while Caisen Scott, Max Miles, Taye Clarke, and Brock Waddell also scored goals.

The fifth/sixth grade boys blew out Grand Valley 15-0 to start the tournament. The team then beat Telluride, 4-1, Aspen, 4-3, tied Vail, 4-4, and finished by besting Roaring Fork, 7-2.

The team played cohesively with great passing to beat Roaring Fork and secure its Vail Lax Jam title.

Max Miles, Asher Owens, Jake Vesey, Sawyer Farris, Ben Blanchard, Koa Shriver, Noah Foutz, Miles Hutcheson, Finnley Arnett and Nate Matlock all scored goals for Durango.

The boys’ seventh/eighth grade team lost its first game to Grand Valley, 3-2, but came back and beat Steamboat, 8-1. The team then tied Montrose, 4-4, but finished with a 4-3 win over Aspen.

Logan Muraro, Bradin Gurule, Sawyer Jones, Henry Huff, Loan Muraro, Charlie Guion, Matt Tenzing and Dane Matlock all scored. Goalie River Crossland also saved lots of shots.

The seventh and eighth grade girls, meanwhile, beat Aspen, 6-5, but then lost three straight to Vail, 6-5; Steamboat, 6-1; and Aspen, 10-4.