Durango wins battle of Demons in boys lacrosse
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Hayden Siekman’s ear-to-ear senior smile said it all. And it was even bigger than Durango’s margin of victory.
“This was definitely a memorable one,” Siekman said after the DHS boys lacrosse team overwhelmed Glenwood Springs 15-4 on Saturday – senior day for Siekman and his senior teammates.
“This is the last time we get to suit up here,” said Siekman, who scored a hat trick and added two assists in his final appearance at DHS Stadium.
“It was great to come out and play really clean … and then finish,” said the senior captain.
He scored in the first quarter after Durango already had stunned the visiting Demons with three goals in the opening six minutes of the game.
“We came out ready to win, and it showed on the field,” said Siekman, who scored his third goal in the final quarter, assisted by fellow senior Kavi Poole.
Seniors Will Jernigan, Paul Bikis and Conor Skurky also scored for Durango on a day when the Class of 2012 was in the spotlight.
An offense that dominated possession and produced at least three goals in each quarter with a total of 36 shots ensured the hometown Demons’ third win of the season.
“It was movement, passing … working together,” said Cook, who scored Durango’s second goal after taking a pinpoint pass from Kyle Truax.
Cook scored twice in the explosive third quarter when Durango pushed a 7-2 halftime lead to 12-3.
“[Friday], when we lost to Aspen, we weren’t really moving or passing the ball the way we could,” said Cook.
“But [Saturday] we came out fired up … passing and moving.”
Truax also had a hat trick for Durango, with all three of his goals coming in the first half.
Glenwood Springs posted goals by J.R. Krueger, Alejandro Belandria, Thomas Hooker and Kris Krueger. The Glenwood Springs Demons (2-6) include players from Glenwood Springs as well as nearby Roaring Fork and Basalt high schools.
“Glenwood’s one of those teams that is in the same boat with us,” Durango head coach John Robinette said. “They are a newer program … developing like us.”
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