LOUISVILLE -- As the Monarch boys lacrosse team deteriorated against Smoky Hill, head coach David Auday went from confident to surprised.
The end of Monday's 12-11 loss left the 12-year coach disappointed in the Coyotes.
"They looked like a tired lacrosse team and Smoky deserved to win," Auday said. "We did not play Coyote lacrosse. They got every ground ball. We had an off day and they took advantage of it. We looked tired and I just don't think we were smart."
After their first loss of the season, Auday said the Coyotes looked fatigued. But for the first half of the game, they were in control.
The Coyotes jumped out to a 5-2 lead and matched the Buffaloes in the second to take a 9-6 lead into halftime. But the Buffaloes opened the second half with a 3-0 run to tie the game at 9-9.
The Coyotes went up twice more only to have the Buffaloes tie the game each time at 10-10 and 11-11. The Buffaloes then took a 12-11 lead with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
With 20 seconds left, sophomore goalkeeper Connor Johnson made a key save to keep the Coyotes within one. Coming out of a timeout, senior Davis Whitaker, who leads the Coyotes with 10 goals, worked his way in front of the net but Buffaloes goalkeeper Jordan Ruhl saved the potential game-tying shot.
"Our defense just didn't click at all," Johnson said after the game. "Our offense had no spacing. We were just making stupid decisions."
Sophomore Phil Bubernak led the Coyotes with four goals, Whitaker and sophomore Max Wiesner each scored two, and Will Simonson, Connor Eakes and Red Miller each had one.
The next time the Coyotes play, it will be in California. They will play three intra-state games next week against Serra High School, Granite Hills High School and Poway High School.
Before they leave Colorado, Johnson said they Coyotes need to relocate the game that earned them a 2-0 start, including a 14-13 come from behind win over Chaparral last week.
"It's really upsetting to me," Johnson said. "We had three solid days of practice and now this. It's very disappointing. We just didn't have it today. Chaparral, we were lucky to pull that one out. This one game us a wakeup call."
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Smoky Hill 12, Monarch 11
At Monarch H.S.
Smoky Hill (2-1) 2 4 4 2 -- 12
Monarch (2-1) 5 4 2 0 -- 11
Goals -- Smoky Hill: Spencer 6, Forrester 5, Blubaugh; Monarch: Bubernack 4, Whitaker 2, Wiesner 2, Simonson , Eakes, Miller.
Assists -- Smoky Hill: Forrester, Rebik, Purington, Smestad; Monarch: Simonson, Whitaker, Eakes, Wiesner, Davis.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) -- Smoky Hill: Adams (24-7-0), Ruhl (24-4-6); Monarch: Johnson (24-12-7).