WINDSOR — The Dawson School boys lacrosse team entered Friday's night having yet to lose to a team from its home state in 2016.
The Mustangs also entered with a target on their backs, still sitting at No. 1 in the CHSAANow.com poll where they began the season and have not faltered. But on Friday night, it was second-ranked Windsor taking aim at the Mustangs.
In the face of their greatest in-state threat thus far, the Mustangs were at their best, defeating the Wizards 18-9 on the road.
"We feel fantastic," Mustangs junior Kyle Sudol said. "For the past couple games, we've been coming out slow. Our goal for this game was to just come out flying. We did it."
Coming off a win over third-ranked Cheyenne Mountain (6-2) five days prior, the Mustangs (5-1, 1-0 Foothills) kicked off the Foothills League opener with a 7-2 first quarter run. Benefitting from a rash of early Wizards penalties, the Mustangs scored their first four goals while playing with a man advantage and raced out to a 5-0 lead before the Wizards (5-2, 0-1 Foothills) got on the board with 1 minute, 44 seconds left in the first quarter.
The Wizards outscored the Mustangs 3-1 in the second quarter and cut the Mustangs' lead to 8-5 at halftime. Sophomore Gavyn Pure, who leads the Mustangs with 19 goals after scoring six on Friday, kicked off the second half with three straight unanswered goals to put the Mustangs back up six and the state's number one club made the lead stand up until the end.
"We're thrilled," Mustangs head coach Peter Devlin said. "They worked real hard and played real well tonight. That's a really good team that Windsor has and we seemed to get a lot of the bounces. I thought we did pretty well in most fazes and top-to-bottom, I was happy with how the guys played."
Mustangs senior goalkeeper Chad Dunnell made 13 saves. But more than his play, Dunnell said the young defense, which the biggest question mark about the Mustangs before the season, played great against Windsor's athletic and talented attack.
"Our defense kept their heads on a swivel and made sure they couldn't get too many in a row," Dunnell said. "It's all about footwork for us because we're not the strongest guys but we did a good job of staying in front and making sure nobody was open for a shot."
Dawson's only loss this season is to Westview (7-1) from San Diego. Westview is currently ranked 48th in the country by MaxPreps.com.
Dawson will host Green Mountain (3-3) on Tuesday.
Dawson School 18, Windsor 9
At Windsor H.S.Dawson (5-1, 1-0) 7 1 5 5 — 18
Windsor (5-2, 0-1) 2 3 3 1 — 9
Goals — Dawson: Gavyn Pure 6, Jesse Rosenblatt 4, Hunter Watts 3, Wyatt Watts 3, Jack Shams 2; Windsor: KC Scott 3, Clayton Grave 2, Josh Bloss, Hunter Hop, Ryan Lemons, Nathan Tucker.
Assists — Dawson: Gavyn Pure 3, Hunter Watts 2, Jesse Rosenblatt 2, Wyatt Watts 2; Windsor: Josh Bloss 3, KC Scott, Isaiah Parker.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Dawson: Chad Dunnell (42-9-13); Windsor: Kieran Joe (42-18-6).