Demonic clash goes Glenwood’s way |

Demonic clash goes Glenwood’s way

Jeff Caspersen
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Greg Schroeder turned to his sideline and implored his team to play “stall ball.” That’s a phrase the Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse coach hasn’t had many chances to bark out in 2009.

With his team nursing a five-goal lead and the clocking winding down on visiting Durango, Schroeder said the words with pride on a windy and frigid Friday at Gates Soccer Park.

Playing the lacrosse equivalent of keep-away during the game’s final three minutes, Glenwood polished off a 10-5 win, just its second triumph in 10 tries this season.

The Demons from Glenwood, not to be confused with the Demons from Durango, only won their first game at the varsity level on Tuesday, beating Eagle Valley 10-5. Now they’ve won two of three.

“It’s nice,” Glenwood senior Dru Avery said. “This is the first year we’ve played through CHSAA and we’ve kind of been learning the ropes. I hope we can finish out our last games with some wins and keep playing like we’ve been playing the last five quarters.”

Those five quarters included Friday’s four and a solid final frame in an 8-7 loss to Battle Mountain on Thursday.

Clearly, the previous day’s strong finish carried over.

Glenwood never trailed on Friday, storming ahead 2-0 with a pair of goals from sophomore Drew Halsch. Durango’s Aaron Blue countered with a pair of unanswered scores to send the teams into halftime knotted at 2.

“The first half we couldn’t catch and throw,” Durango coach Jed Gilden lamented. “It kind of seemed like we were moving in slow motion.”

Things would only get worse for Durango’s Demons.

Glenwood went mad midway through the third quarter, putting goals on net three times in a 50-second span to jump out in front 5-2.

All three of those goals came from someone named Drew (or Dru), with both Avery and Halsch accounting for scores along with Drew Wagner.

“It’s nice to see that on the other end of the field instead of the ball being constantly on our side,” Glenwood goalkeeper Conner Pawlak said. “It’s mostly been on our side.”

Glenwood scored three of the next four goals to build an 8-3 lead and held on down the stretch for the much-needed win.

Avery and Halsch paced the host Demons with three goals apiece. Tyler Thulson scored a pair and Trey Fox and Wagner had one each.

Fox finished with three assists and Halsch contributed two. Thulson, Wagner and Tony Bosco all had one assist for Glenwood, which travels to Grand Junction to face the Grand Valley Lightning today.

Glenwood goalkeeping tandem Conner Pawlak and John Adams combined on 21 saves.

Durango’s Aaron Blue put two past the Glenwood goalies. Devin Owen, Tyler Calahan and Connor Coughlan also scored for the visitors, who fell to 2-7 and don’t play again until a trip to Battle Mountain next Friday.

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