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Boys lacrosse: Pure earns player of the year honors

  • Dawson School's Gavyn Pure is the 2017 lacrosse player...

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    Dawson School's Gavyn Pure is the 2017 lacrosse player of the year. Pure

  • Dawson School's Gavyn Pure scores on Valor Christian in the...

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    Dawson School's Gavyn Pure scores on Valor Christian in the first quarter of the 4A state championship game on May 19. Pure had 64 goals and 43 assists this season and is recognized as the state's all-time leading scorer with 334 points during his prep career.



He’s as Pure a goal-scorer as they come in boys lacrosse.

Already on top of Colorado’s all-time leaderboards in point production, Dawson School junior Gavyn Pure is ready for a big summer of showcases for prospective college athletes coming off a third-straight 100-point season.

Make no mistake, Pure is one of the Centennial State’s gems when it comes to the increasingly popular sport, and the accolades continue to pour in. That includes being named the 2017 player of the year after finishing head and shoulders above everyone in the area with 107 points in Dawson’s 4A state runner-up campaign.

“I really think the only reason why I’ve been able to be that successful the past three years is because of my team, and they always put me in spots where I can do what I need to do whether that be scoring or passing,” Pure said as he was visiting friends in Georgia, where he grew up before moving to Colorado a few years ago. “The dudes I’m surrounded by make me better, and I try to make them better and that’s what helps our team grow.

“Going forward as an individual, I’m going to keep doing my role, try and get the younger players involved and keep going. The points don’t really matter … I’m trying to win a state championship next year.”

Indeed, it’s been rough for Pure and his teammates having to settle for second place two years in a row — to the same Valor Christian team. However, those championship-game letdowns have not deterred Pure from acknowledging that Dawson has been on a path of destruction with a 34-4 overall record between 2016 and 2017.

In reality, regardless of being a 4A team, the Mustangs have established themselves as one of the state’s formidable programs under coach Peter Devlin.

The attacking unit has been well-balanced in that time, but Pure has had three tremendously impacting seasons. This year, he scored 64 goals and dished 43 assists as Dawson once again lost only to 5A Wheat Ridge in the regular season and outscored its first three playoff opponents 53-11.

He scored multiple goals in 17 of 19 games, had eight points against Windsor in what was supposed to be a premier 4A regular season matchup (Dawson won 16-2) and scored three times in the title game against the Eagles.

He finished second in the state in goals and third overall in points, leading him to‘s player of the year award in 4A as well as being honored as an All-American by US Lacrosse.

He overtook top-known scoring honors in state history by passing another local player, Monarch midfielder Chad Kreuzer, with his 334th point.

“It is so much fun when we are winning games and everyone is thriving together and the chemistry is building,” Pure said. “A 34-4 record as a team speaks for itself. But there’s one thing left on our checklist and we’re going to work at getting that.”

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