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Coach Peter Devlin had a game plan for his lacrosse team that included eliminating transition goals and playing team defense against a strong Aspen team. Dawson executed, but a little too late.

After going scoreless in the first half, the Mustangs relied on their defensive efforts to keep the Skiers from building on their 5-0 halftime lead.

“We had trouble getting shots to fall in the first half,” said Devlin. “It was an uphill battle going into the second half.”

Offensive positives began to spring for Dawson when the second half began, however, with clutch goals from a number of players. Alex Aleu had three goals, while Gavyn Pure and Hunter Watts knocked in two apiece. The Mustangs brought it within one point to tie, but could not overcome the first-half deficit to advance to the state championship game on Friday.

Dawson lacrosse’s state playoff run made history for the program, which was a point of pride for coach Devlin.

“I am super proud of our players, and the hard work they put in this year,” he said. “We had resilient players who fought hard and improved greatly this season.”

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ASPEN 11, DAWSON 10

At Aspen HS

Dawson School 0 0 5 5 — 10
Aspen 3 2 3 3 — 11

GoalsDawson: Aleu 3, Pure 2, H. Watts 2, W. Watts, Brown, Rosenblatt.

AssistsDawson: Pure 4, W. Watts.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves)Dawson: Dunnell (48-11-24).