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Tiger boys’ lax tames Durango

Whether it was the Tigers’ rough loss to Evergreen on Wednesday or the importance of playing a league game, one thing was sure on Saturday against Durango: Something woke up the Summit High offense.

The Tiger boys’ lacrosse team topped its Mountain League foe 14-1 in Grand Junction. Eight different players scored goals and 12 of the 14 tallies were assisted on.

“We got ourselves back on track,” SHS head coach Karl Barth said. “We did a lot of the things we worked on in practice after the Evergreen game.”

The Tigers lost 12-1 Wednesday.

Just three days later, though, it was a whole different story, as the Tigers controlled play from the get-go.

Barth said senior defenseman Brian Metzger and sophomore goalie Garrett Tousey each had stellar efforts to hold Durango to just eight shots on goal.

Senior Dylan Horan had four goals and two assists, and sophomore George Gruber scored three times and set up two others. Junior Nick Raymond scored two goals.

“They played really well as a team,” Barth said. “We only had three penalties, and that’s with the refs calling a really tight game. The penalties might no have even been called in (our previous) games.”

Vinny Pestello, Sean Farley, Ben Daniels, Andrew Ike and Evan Feldman also scored for Summit.

The Tigers (3-2, 2-0) have a critical game coming up on Tuesday, when they play host to league rival Steamboat Springs.

The Sailors are the defending Mountain League champs, forcing the Tigers to get into the state tournament with an “at-large” selection last year. (Only the conference winner is guaranteed a spot in the postseason.)

Although the game is early in the season, Tuesday’s matchup could wind up determining not only the league title but which team makes the playoffs.

“Tuesday will be a different kind of animal,” Barth said, comparing the game to Saturday’s win. “The kids are fired up, and obviously, there’s a lot on the line. It was close last year (when Steamboat won), and we’ll just see how it goes.”

The game is slated for a 4 p.m. start at The Mine.

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