Boys lacrosse: Dawson reaches 4A title game with rout of Golden

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    Dawson School's Taylor Kamigaki, left, celebrates a goal with teammate Jackson Keener on Wednesday against Golden in Lafayette. Go to for more photos.

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    Dawson School's Jack Shams (3) celebrates a goal with teammate Gavyn Pure on Wednesday against Golden.

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    Dawson's Hunter Watts, left, works his way around Golden's JP Simpson on Wednesday.



LAFAYETTE — A Class 4A quarterfinal matchup for the Dawson boys lacrosse team was all about exorcising the playoff demons they had against the Valor Christian Eagles over the past two seasons.

After doing so successfully, Wednesday’s semifinal at the Dawson field then became a task of eliminating some other Demons.

By scoring the game’s first four goals and keeping their foot on the gas pedal, the Mustangs were able to rout a good Golden Demons team, 14-2, thereby reaching the 4A title game for the third straight season.

Mile High Stadium — we’ll call it that — will be rocking once again on Friday with royal blue as head coach Peter Devlin’s team looks to finally complete the mission this time.

“We knew Valor was a tough (win) but we also know that every one is going to be a tough one, and we just have one goal in mind — Valor or no Valor in the (state championship game),” said Gavyn Pure, who scored three goals and added an assist in Wednesday’s victory. “I think we put in a pretty good game today, and now we have one more practice to put together the plan that will help us with what’s been our goal — especially us seniors — since we came here.”

Devlin had said after such an emotional and physical win over Valor that he wasn’t worried about a letdown in the next round. His squad certainly didn’t disappoint on any level.

An early goal by Golden’s Joe Brock was waived off, and the Mustangs proceeded to dig the Demons a big hole while shutting them down on the offensive side of the field. Sage Gardner, a long-stick midfielder, scored Dawson’s first goal on a breakaway with 7 minutes, 5 seconds left in the first quarter and Jack Shams and Asher Walker each scored in the final two minutes of the frame to put the hosts up 3-0.

It was 4-0 when Golden’s Theron McAdoo bounced a shot past Dawson Santangelo to get the Demons on the board, but Pure took over with contributions on the following three scores for Dawson. Eighteen seconds into the third quarter, it was 7-1 and the Mustangs continued to make Golden look out of sorts.

“This team has been working really hard the past few days and after the win against Valor we were just grinding,” said Gardner, a junior. “Today, (Santangelo) just made some insane saves, our defense was just communicating real well and we moved it great. Golden has had great success, but we just thought our matchups today were doing to be good … and we had some good scout team stuff that paid off.”

Gardner found the net again, but it was all about balance as Shams and Walker each matched Pure with their three goals. Jackson Keener had a goal and two assists, as well.

Pure praised the defense for the season’s work, which has typically gone unnoticed because of the high-octane scoring offense.

“The entire year, I think our defense has proven to be monsters,” Pure said. “We play great fundamental (defense) … it looks good right now and we are pretty aggressive to go along with it.”

Dawson will face Cheyenne Mountain in the championship game, with the Indians also looking for their first boys lacrosse title. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

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Dawson School 14, Golden 2

At Dawson School

Golden (14-4) 0 1 0 1 — 2

Dawson School (17-1) 3 3 2 6 — 14

Goals — Dawson School: Gavyn Pure 3, Asher Walker 3, Jack Shams 3, Sage Gardner 2, Jackson Keener 1, Spencer Sampliner 1, Benji Gallegos 1.

Assists — Dawson School: Keener 2, Pure 1, Walker 1, Taylor Kamigaki 1, Brennan Hill 1.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Dawson School: Dawson Santangelo (46-1-8), Will Kessler (2-1-1).