Durango girls beat Battle Mountain for first lacrosse victory
Vail, CO Colorado
DURANGO, Colorado – The Durango Demons crossed into uncharted territory Friday afternoon.
Absorbing a five-goal scoring outburst from Kristi Waring, the Demons held off Battle Mountain 9-7 on Friday afternoon at Durango High School Stadium ” the first girls lacrosse victory of the season for Durango.
Durango had four goals from Hannah Rossi, two more from Taylor Moore and single goals from Mollie Bennett, Sam Taylor and Colin Marshall.
Durango scored first on an unassisted goal by Rossi in the third minute of the game. She attacked from the midfield and scored on a low shot.
Battle Mountain answered two minutes later when Waring scored the first of her five goals.
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She ripped an unassisted shot into the Durango cage to tie the game 1-1.
Battle Mountain teammate Annie Talbot put the Huskies ahead 2-1 in the 12th minute, taking advantage of a quick counterattack.
The Demons tied the game on Moore’s first goal and took a 3-2 halftime lead on Rossi’s second goal.
Bennett’s goal early in the second half extended Durango’s lead to 4-2 before Waring and Talbot tied the game 4-4 on back-to-back scores for the Huskies.
The Demons took the lead for good on two goals in a 30-second span midway through the second half.
Moore’s low scorcher put the Demons ahead 5-4. Rossi’s shot on Durango’s next possession made it 6-4.
Again Battle Mountain pulled within one on another goal by Waring.
Rossi, again, extended the lead to two when her fourth goal hit the net (7-5). Taylor and Marshall added goals for the Demons, offsetting two more from the high-scoring Waring.
“We’ve had three really close games with them,” Battle Mountain coach Stacy Schapira said. “We beat them the first two times. But they got us (Friday).”
She said the Huskies struggled to get into the game physically after a seven-plus hour bus trip from the Vail area.
She also was missing four players who had to stay home for school-play obligations, Schapira said.
“So, I only had one substitute. But they showed a lot of heart (Friday). They came back … several times,” the Battle Mountain coach said, adding that the Demons and Huskies are enjoying a competitive rivalry as both teams develop their lacrosse programs.
“It’s fun to have a team like (Durango) to play,” Schapira said. Battle Mountain fell to 2-7 with Friday’s loss.
Durango improved to 1-8.
The Demons will go for their second consecutive win at 11 a.m. today at Durango High School Stadium against the Eagle Valley Devils.