Leading 4-3 going into the final minute of the first half, the Durango High School boys lacrosse team was a bit stunned when the Grand Junction Tigers scored to tie the match at 4-4 with 12 seconds to go before halftime.
In the second half, too many turnovers saw the Demons (0-1) get outscored 7-1 in an 11-5 loss to Grand Junction (1-1) in the season opener.
“It was rough. It looked like we ran out of gas a bit. and mental errors happened over and over, unfortunately,” DHS head coach Luke Miller said. “We just need a more consistent effort going forward. You could tell Grand Junction was a team that had already played a game and gotten the kinks out. Now. we see what we need to do better.”
Miller was happy to see two freshmen score goals in the match. Henry Howe had two goals, while Logan Gurule also had one.
The other DHS goals came from senior Rocco Estes and sophomore Jameson Connolly.
“We saw younger guys stepping up and making key contributions, which is huge,” Miller said. “A big thing for us this year is going to be growth with this young team. More than half are underclassmen who haven’t played a high school game yet. That growth and experience will be big for us.”
Penalties and frustration became a problem for the Demons in the second half. In the first, DHS had only two penalties for a total of 90 seconds. In the second, they had seven penalties and played 7 minutes, 30 seconds down a man.
DHS could have been in more trouble without the services of goalie Bode Ensign. Miller estimated that Ensign made 16 saves.
Next for the Demons is an 11 a.m. Saturday match at Glenwood Springs.
The Durango High School girls lacrosse team fell 8-4 on the road at Fruita Monument on Tuesday in the Demons’ season opener.
For Fruita Monument, Maryn Brown, Aleah Danner and Kendall Roehm each had two goals, while Brown also had an assist. Wildcats goalkeeper Kylynn Tanner made five saves.
Stats were not available for the Durango girls at press time Tuesday.
DHS will host Montrose at 11 a.m. Saturday.