Tigers top Demons for second straight time

Grand Junction’s Megan Gromke fires a shot past Durango’s goalkeeper to score Saturday during the first half of the Tigers’ 16-9 victory over the Demons at Canyon View Park. The Tigers also defeated the Demons on Friday, maintaining their lead in the Mountain League standings. Grand Junction faces rival Fruita Monument on Friday.

Durango had an opportunity to catch the Mountain League-leading Grand Junction girls lacrosse team off guard.

It didn’t work.

The Tigers, who defeated Durango in a league game Friday afternoon, defeated the Demons again Saturday, 16-9, at Canyon View Park, just hours before Grand Junction High School’s prom.

“The challenge of it is staying up for both games,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “We’re trying to perfect this game so we’re working on our plays. They have a tremendous goalie.

“We’re watching what we need to work on when we go to Aspen May 4 (for the potential league championship). We need to tighten up our defense.”

Grand Junction (7-0, 4-0 Mountain League) got goals from some unlikely players in the victory.

Morgan Emmons led the Tigers with four goals and Santana Martinez had her usual three, but Lindsey Erb and Emma LeFebre scored three goals each to help the cause. Megan Gromke, Maddie Spor and Britany Wieseler each scored one goal.

“We had some girls step up and have a good day today,” Recker said. “On offense, some of the girls that dominate, like Kacie Jay, didn’t score.

“After playing a team one day, they say, ‘OK we need to watch her.’ I think that’s the strength of this team, we have so many people that can score. We work well together, that we don’t rely on one scorer.”

The Tigers raced to a 5-1 lead and led 9-4 at halftime. Six different players scored for Grand Junction in the first half.

Durango (5-4, 2-2 ML) played better in the second half, scoring five goals, but Grand Junction kept its distance with goals from Erb, LeFebre, Emmons, Spor and Martinez.

The Demons took 18 shots. Grand Junction goalkeeper Holly Meer made nine saves.

Central freshman Hannah Price saw more minutes and played well in place of Mallory Pilcher, who was out of town.

“She stepped in on defense,” Recker said. “She has that instinct for defense and she had a great game.”

Grand Junction took 30 shots. Durango goalkeeper Alyssa Spencer made 14 saves.


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