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Youth lacrosse teams score tournament titles

U14 squad wins back-to-back tournaments
Dane Matlock controls the ball while playing Grand Valley last week in the Aspen Shootout. Durango's U14 team prevailed in overtime to win the championship. (Courtesy Tanya Clegg)

The Durango Lacrosse Club’s under-14 lacrosse team has won back-to-back tournaments. The team won the Aspen Shootout championship last weekend in a sudden-death overtime. This weekend, it won the Durango Duel tournament with a victory by getting some revenge against Albuquerque.

On the way to the Aspen Shootout championship game, the U14 Durango Demons beat Aspen 4-0, Summit/West Elk 4-3, Montrose 6-4 and Vail 7-3.

In the championship, the team beat Grand Valley, from the Grand Junction area, 5-4, getting the winning score in a 2-minute sudden-death overtime. Logan Muraro won the first faceoff in the overtime and quickly scored the game-winning goal.

The Durango U14 lacrosse team celebrates after winning the Aspen Shootout. The team then turned around and won the Durango Duel tournament over the weekend. (Courtesy Tanya Clegg)

Dane Matlock led the team with five goals and five assists in Aspen. Henry Huff scored five goals and assisted one. Wynn Daniels had three goals and two assists. Bradin Gurule scored three goals and had one assist. Hayden Hollister scored two goals, and Logan Muraro scored and assisted twice.

On the first day of the Durango Duel tournament, the U14 Demons lost to Albuquerque 6-0, beat Los Alamos 14-2, and lost to Telluride 7-3. The Demons, however, made a run in the playoff rounds by beating Los Alamos 9-0 and Telluride 10-4 to meet Albuquerque in the championship game. The Demons avenged their earlier loss against Albuquerque, winning 6-3.

Wynn Daniels led the team in Durango with 13 goals in the tournament. Huff scored eight goals and assisted three. Matlock had five goals and five assists. Muraro scored six goals and three assists. Goalie River Crossland also helped lead the team to the championship.

Max Miles of the Durango Lacrosse Club competes in a face off last weekend in Aspen. Miles helped his team win the fifth and sixth grade title (Courtesy Erin Lopez)

The Durango fifth and sixth grade boys team also won the Aspen Shootout, winning three of four games before beating Aspen in the final. The team beat Steamboat, 5-1, Vail, 5-1, and Grand Valley 9-0 before falling to Aspen, 2-1. The team, however, got another shot at Aspen in the championship and won the rematch, 1-0. Donny Rome made seven saves to get the shutout.

Donny Rome saves an Aspen shot to help his team score the fifth and sixth grade boys title at the Aspen Shootout. (Courtesy Erin Lopez)

Noah Foutz led the team offensively over the weekend with six goals.

Max Miles and Asher Owens both scored three goals. Ben Blanchard, Koa Shriver and Jerad Lopez scored twice, and Mason Philpott and Hunter Wall each netted one goal.

Durango also took a fourth-grade-and-under team to Aspen, but it was short on numbers, so several West Elk/Summit players joined them. They finished 0-4, falling to Steamboat, 4-3, Aspen, 7-2 and Vail twice, 7-4 and 11-6. Colby Philpott scored 12 goals to lead the team.

The Durango girls team also had some players from other teams join them in Aspen. They fell 8-3 against Vail and 10-4 against Aspen but rebounded to beat Summit, 15-3. In their final game, they lost to Steamboat, 7-2, to finish fourth out of five teams in the tournament.