BOULDER — There may only end up to be two boys lacrosse teams in the entire state that will finish the regular season with more than 200 goals scored.
No one is catching up to the Dawson School Mustangs, though.
The top program in the Class 4A ranks had another purely awesome performance Wednesday night on the road at Recht Field, adding to their impressive compound scoring total with a 21-5 win over Class 5A Boulder. The Mustangs scored three times in the first two minutes of play, gained an 8-2 lead midway through the second stanza and continued to work in high scoring areas of play throughout the rivalry game.
With 227 goals scored and one more game to go, the Mustangs (13-1) look primed for the playoffs.
"I think what really helped today was we just came out flying, and when we do that, when we get off to a good start, the rest kind of takes care of itself," said Gavyn Pure, who scored seven times in the romp. "With the playoffs coming up, we need to keep grinding and start off strong. If we do, we'll do well."
Boulder (8-7) entered Wednesday looking for a ninth win to possibly put themselves in the mix for a playoff spot, but the Panthers had a tough time sealing off runs at the net throughout the night.
Many of the game's first goals were in fact unassisted. Hunter Watts scored twice in the first 1:09 by dodging and beating his defender one-on-one — the second goal was a sidearm laser — and Pure got in the act for Dawson's third goal with just 1:26 off the clock.
Hunter Watts and Jesse Rosenblatt each ended up with three goals, and Wyatt Watts scored five times.
"I thought was were sharp and we were focused, and of course it is a big rivalry for us," Dawson coach Peter Devlin said. "The kids are having a lot of fun and just want to keep playing as long as they can."
Boulder got two goals apiece from Connor Fox and Eli Haynes, and Fox's two goals came consecutively in the second quarter to make it 8-4 with 6:42 left before halftime. But Dawson goalie Chad Dunnell made a sequence of three point-blank saves at that point when Boulder could have made it a different type game.
The Mustangs scored the next five goals after that spilling into the third quarter and ended up with their third straight win over the Panthers in the series.
"With a guy like Connor Fox and how electric he is, we were fortunate Chad was seeing the ball so well," Devlin said. "He's been seeing it real well lately."
Dawson has one more chance to get some good work in as its faces Golden on Thursday. The Demons are 11-2 overall, although they cannot do anything to take away Dawson's Foothills League title.
"We need to just keep firing on all cylinders, because we know we'll need to work twice as hard in the playoffs," Pure said.
Dawson School 21, Boulder 5
At Recht FieldDawson School (13-1) 6 4 7 4 — 21
Boulder (8-7) 2 2 1 0 — 5
Goals — Dawson School: Gavyn Pure 7, Wyatt Watts 5, Jesse Rosenblatt 3, Hunter Watts 3, Gray Hill, Mac Zee, Will Pelton; Boulder: Connor Fox 2, Eli Haynes 2, Boe Gold.
Assists — Dawson School: H. Watts 2, Jack Shams 2, W. Watts, Kyle Sudol, Colin Peterson; Boulder: Fox.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Dawson School: Chad Dunnell (48-5-6); Boulder: Connor Thornton (48-21-9).