LAFAYETTE — He's been doing his thing since he arrived on the scene as a freshman two years ago, so Dawson's Gavyn Pure enters his junior season as a well-known commodity to say the least.
It's also fairly well known that the Mustangs, who finished last season a couple of goals short of a state title, aren't pulling any punches in 2017. They're out to finish the job.
Pure, who takes great pride in his team's work ethic, and the Mustangs have been a perfect match since the beginning.
"We fell a little short in the state championship last year," Pure said. "As a team, we're trying to do everything we can do get better so that we at least have another chance. We're keeping the same approach as we did last year and every practice is about going 110 percent so that when we get to that stage, we can be at our best."
With 230 points coming by way of 118 goals and 112 assists, Pure is Colorado's leading point-scorer over the past two seasons, which is a particularly impressive feat considering the fact that he played last season in an area that featured two All-Americans - Monarch's Chad Kreuser and Boulder's Connor Fox. Now an upperclassman, Pure figures once again be one of Colorado's most productive players.
But the way Pure approaches the game, being productive doesn't just raise his own highly-regarded stock. It's a good thing for all the Mustangs players.
"The thing about Gavyn is that he's a pretty complete player," Mustangs head coach Peter Devlin said. "He's a very smart player. He'll draw a lot of attention this year because he's had a lot of points the past couple seasons. But he's really good at distributing the ball to other players on the team. He just wants to do what's best for the team and he knows when it's time to try to get a score and when it's time to be a distributor."
While he is on pace to join the conversation for the all-time points leader for Dawson, and possibly the state, Pure didn't spend all offseason working on his lacrosse skills. In fact, he and lacrosse teammates Jack Shams and Hunter Watts spent the winter playing basketball.
The trio that Dawson boys basketball head coach Tobin Skenandore called his "lacrosse boys" helped propel the team to a program-best 19 wins.
"We decided to take up basketball for the winter and I think it helped keep our footwork sharp," Pure said. "And then it was just an awesome season to make Dawson history. It was a blast and it really left us even more hungry to keep that momentum going forward into the lacrosse season."
Just a few days into the season, the Mustangs have won their first game against Boulder but will face Valor Christian on Wednesday. The Mustangs lost 10-9 to Valor Christian in last year's title game.