Demons downed by Lightning |

Demons downed by Lightning

Phil Sandoval
Fruita Times

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Chalk it up to growing pains.

The first-year Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse team got its first lesson in what it’s like to play the last of a series of rescheduled games caused by poor weather on Saturday.

And, like most rookies, the Demons had problems dealing with the surroundings.

Playing their fourth game in five days, Glenwood fell 16-5 to the much fresher Grand Valley Lightning, which picked up on the Demons’ lack of energy by scoring six straight first-half goals after Dru Avery tied the game at 1 late in the first quarter.

While Demons head coach Greg Schroeder mentioned the team was physically spent, he stressed that wasn’t the key factor for the loss.

“I know my guys were a little tired. But, the bottom line is we got outhustled,” he said.

And that was a point that the coach discussed with the team afterward.

Unfortunately, Schroeder’s works can’t erase Glenwood’s poor showing against one of the Mountain League’s upper-echelon teams.

The loss deflated the Demons’ good efforts in earlier wins over Eagle Valley and Durango.

“We put up a couple of victories this week. We’re happy about that,” Schroeder said. “(Today) we just came up a little short. We didn’t start playing early in the game and we let it get away from us.”

The get-away started when Ben Fox scored on the possession after Avery’s goal. After the Fruita Monument High School senior regained the lead for the Lightning, the rest of his teammates followed.

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