Demons roll past Indians at home
Carrying over the momentum created in the second half against Aspen last week, the Glenwood Springs Demons boys lacrosse team scored 10 first-half goals in its 15-1 win, Monday, over the visiting Montrose Indians as Stubler Memorial Field.
As the Demons raced out to the 10-0 lead at the half, the offensive show they put on in the box — in terms of the fundamentals — really seemed to make a push to the forefront, leading to the precision striking in the first half.
“The fundamentals we’ve been teaching these kids really started to kick in,” Glenwood head coach Chris “Goose” Henderson said following the game. “From the passing, the ground balls, face-off and shooting accuracy — which is something we’ve really been focusing on with the kids to shoot in the right spot — all seemed to start working and the kids really seemed to start listening to us and it worked out in a big way for us.”
Holding the 10-0 lead at the half, the Demons picked up right where they left off to start the second half as Cole Hollenback scored quickly following a turnover by the Montrose goalie.
Riding the Montrose defenders as they looked to clear, Glenwood senior midfielder Tyler Spence stepped in front of an errant pass before finding Hollenback all alone to the right of the net, where he was able to finish past the goalie at the 10:50 mark of the third quarter, giving the Demons an 11-0 lead.
Just under two minutes later, Glenwood senior midfielder Max Slack added to the Demons’ lead.
Slack raced into the box and cut to his right, running diagonally across the box before firing a twisting shot on net that sailed past the goalie’s stick for a 12-0 lead early in the third quarter.
Junior midfielder Sam Liotta tacked on another goal for Glenwood at the 6:28 mark after picking up a ground ball in the box before immediately letting it rip on net for the 13th goal of the game for the Demons.
Junior attacker Ben Liotta added a late goal in the third quarter on a ground ball in the box, making it 14-0 through three quarters of play.
With most of the reserves in the game during the fourth quarter, the Demons tacked on one more insurance goal on a beautiful play that featured plenty of passing and cutting before sophomore attacker Zach Johnson found fellow sophomore attacker Michael Willis on the back-post for an easy goal to cap off the win for Glenwood.
For the Demons, Sam Liotta led the way with four goals, while Ben Liotta finished with three goals. Hollenback and Slack added two goals each, while Joel Rothman, Johnson, Spence and Willis added one goal each.
“We had some plays we wanted to run and had a real focus on doing that,” Henderson said. “These kids don’t play a lot of lacrosse until the season starts, so we’re still knocking some rust off, but I’m really pleased to have really talented assistant coaches that are doing a great job with the offensive work so far this year.”
By defeating Montrose, Glenwood moves to 4-2 overall on the year. The Demons will host Steamboat Springs, Wednesday, at Stubler Memorial Field, which should make for a tough matchup in league play.
“We’re a work in progress,” Henderson said. “But the momentum is building for sure.”
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