LAKEWOOD — Golden’s men’s lacrosse team rallied from a 3-0 deficit late Friday afternoon to earn a key win over arch-rival Evergreen.
Junior Lochlan Rogers and rookie Brakken McDougal scored two goals apiece as the Demons cruised to an 8-4 win at Trailblazer Stadium. It was Golden’s first Class 4A Foothills League victory (4-9, 1-3 in the league) this season.
“Yeah, the season hasn’t gone our way, but we’re turning it around,” Golden senior Dalton Summers said. “It’s getting better.”
Summers – who signed to play lacrosse at Adams State next year – is one of the last memories of Golden’s 4A State Championship team from 2019. Golden senior Logan Brewer will join Summers in playing for the Grizzlies at the college level next year.
The Demons have struggled this season, but pulled off their first 2-game winning streak after beating Vail Mountain and Evergreen this week. After a 4-game losing streak, Golden is back in the picture to qualify for the playoffs.
However, making the playoffs wasn’t on the Demons’ minds Friday against Evergreen (3-8, 0-4).
“We treated it like it was our rivals with Evergreen,” Summers said. “Every win matters to us, but playing against our rivals and getting revenge for last year is what mattered today.”
The Cougars – who have now lost six straight – defeated the Demons 8-4 last season. Evergreen got off to a strong start with goals from Nash Carroll, Nate Park and Eli Park to give the Cougars a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Golden scored a pair of goals with McDougal and Rogers finding the back of the net to make it 3-2 before halftime. Goals from Chase Marini and Sean Landmark put the Demons up 4-3 before Nate Park scored his second goal of the game to tie it 4-4 heading into the final quarter.
It was all demons in the fourth with John Meyers, McDougal, Rogers and Zach Henderson all scoring within 5 minutes for the eventual 8-4 win.
Golden ends the regular season against Green Mountain and Castle View next week. The Demons must finish in the top 20 of the RPI standings to participate in the 20-team 4A State Tournament. Golden was No. 18 before the win over Evergreen.
The Cougars still have a chance to make the playoffs. Evergreen has four games next week — Kent Denver, Erie, Glenwood Springs and Vail Mountain — to wrap up its regular season. The Cougars were No. 19 in RPI standings prior to the loss to Golden.