Mesa’s senior leadership

Duresky brings wealth of knowledge to Mavs' defense

Colorado Mesa’s Daniel Duresky has provided some veteran experience for the Mavs’ defense as the only senior on the team.



QUICKREAD

Women’s Lacrosse

CMU (3-6) vs. Westminster (11-4), 4 p.m., Friday, Walker Field

Notes: Mesa goalie Lauren Wells received the WILA defensive player of the week award. The sophomore made 17 saves in a 20-14 victory over Adams State. The 20 goals are a school record for the second-year program. The Griffins are ranked No. 1 in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association national club rankings, but will drop after three consecutive road losses last weekend. Westminster is an NAIA school in other sports.

Softball

CMU vs. Western New Mexico, 3 p.m. Friday (DH), 11 a.m. Saturday (DH), Bergman Field

Notes: Mesa senior Lauren Cross returned to the lineup in the designated hitter role last weekend. It was her first at-bat since she injured her right knee March 7. She was 2 for 6 with one RBI. Cross is one of three Mesa players hitting .400 or better (.451), along with Courtney Maihi (.455) and Jessica Albertson (.412). The Mavericks are 10th in the nation in stolen bases (2.56 per game), led by Taylor Gross with 18. Western New Mexico leads the RMAC in doubles (76) and is second in home runs (48). The Mustangs are last in defense (88 errors) and allow 7.76 earned runs per game.



Danny Duresky was devastated when Presbyterian (S.C.) College dropped its men’s lacrosse program.

The Colorado native established a strong friendship with his teammates in his three years there.

“I was really bummed,” Duresky said. “My teammates were my only friends in the school. We were a real tight team, but when they cut the program, it was devastating. I didn’t know what to do. I was heartbroken.”

He wanted to return to Colorado, and with Colorado Mesa University and Adams State College each adding the sport two years ago, he finally had a place to go. Duresky chose Mesa.

“It’s awesome,” he said. “The coaching staff is awesome, The facilities are awesome. It’s a great experience.”

Duresky, 22, is the only senior on the Mavericks, who play their home finale against Dominican (Calif.) University at 1 p.m. Saturday at Walker Field. Colorado Mesa (6-3, 4-1 WILA) is tied for first with the Penguins (5-4, 4-1 WILA). The winner will be in position to win the league title.

Dominican moved into a tie for first place when it defeated the Mavericks 13-9 last week in Kentfield, Calif.

“We feel like we didn’t play our best game,” CMU coach A.J. Stevens said. “They have two attackers that score most of their goals. Our goal was to stop one of them and we didn’t do it.”

Mesa lost its faceoff player, Thomas Spain, to a concussion in that game. Stevens is hopeful the freshman midfielder Spain will be cleared in time for the rematch on Saturday.

“It’s brutal,” Stevens said. “Imagine in basketball, you have to jump the ball after every basket and you don’t have a good center. That’s what it’s like.”

Mesa lost sophomores Kyle Wollenhaupt and John Moore to injuries this season. Wollenhaupt tore a thumb ligament early this season, then injured a knee at Tampa (Fla.). Moore broke a bone in his ankle. Stevens said they’ve missed most of the season and will apply for a medical hardship.

Duresky has become a stable force for the Mavericks not only with his leadership, but his play on the defensive end.

He made a big impact for the Mavericks against Notre Dame deNamur earlier this season. With three defensive starters out, Duresky stabilized an uncertain defense.

“He brought a lot of maturity to the team,” Stevens said. “Last year, we had a ton of penalties. He has played against teams like Duke and Virginia, so he’s been there before. He helped settle us down defensively.”

Duresky plans to finish his degree next year and be a graduate assistant coach. He’ll get to coach his younger brother, Dylan, who signed with Mesa and will be on the team next season.


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