GSHS lacrosse team happy to be home |

GSHS lacrosse team happy to be home

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” After spending a snowy day in Durango on Friday, Glenwood Springs High School’s new varsity lacrosse team savored the sunny confines of its very own Stubler Memorial Field on Saturday.

And the brand-new varsity program nearly savored its very first victory, playing its closest contest of the young season.

Despite scoring four third-quarter goals to make a game of it in the squad’s first home showing, Glenwood Springs found itself on the short end of a 9-7 decision with the visiting Grand Valley Lightning. (Grand Valley draws players from District 51 schools Grand Junction, Grand Junction Central, Fruita Monument and Palisade.)

After losing their first two games by a combined score of 25-5, Glenwood welcomed Saturday’s improvement. Especially since it came sans a sizable chunk of its roster.

“They played pretty tough,” Glenwood Springs coach Greg Schroeder said. “We had a lot of guys missing with extra-curricular activities.”

What sort of extra-curricular activities? Well, a good number of the missing players were at a hockey tournament in New Mexico. Schroeder said roughly 20 of the lacrosse program’s 34 players took the field on Saturday.

Drew Halsch led the on-hand Demons with three goals. Tyler Thulson and Trey Fox added two goals apiece, with Thulson tallying two assists and Fox three. Conner Pawlak had 16 saves in net for Glenwood (0-3).

Taylor Watkins, Luke Olsen and Dakota Stewart scored two goals apiece to lead Grand Valley, which improved to 1-1.

The Demons’ legs might have been feeling a little heavy at afternoon’s end. The team didn’t get back from a Friday matchup with Durango until 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Glenwood lost 11-4 under snowy skies in Durango.

Outcome aside, Saturday was a big day for Demon lacrosse.

“It was nice to play on this field for the first time ever,” said Halsch, a sophomore.

Prior to this season, Glenwood Springs only had a club team, which Schroeder helped put together back in 2004. The squad had never before played on Stubler Memorial Field.

And, before reaching the varsity level, the Demons had never had real jerseys. Senior Aaron Zancanella said he’s still getting used to feeling like an official team.

“It’s weird actually having jerseys,” he joked. “We used to wear practice pinnies. You should have seen it.”

Donning those official jerseys, the Demons will return to their home field March 25 against Summit. Schroeder said his team should be at full strength by then.

“We’ve got a week and a half to recover,” he said. “These guys have had four games (two varsity and two junior varsity contests) in the last 24 hours, so they’re definitely feeling a little tired right now.”

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