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LAFAYETTE — From a statistical standpoint, Gavyn Pure didn’t leave much of anything on the table during his four years playing for the Dawson School boys lacrosse team.
He openly admits that his only regret is not winning a state championship despite a 62-13 record while in high school, but Pure still leaves high school lacrosse as the most decorated individual to ever play in Colorado. He is the state’s all-time leader in points, goals and assists, as well as a smattering of other single-season marks he has picked up along the way.
Also for the second year in a row, and for one last time, Pure is the BoCoPreps.com Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. The graduating senior will likely add that award to the mound of accolades he has collected, none of which he’ll remember as well as the time he spent with his teammates.
“I’d say it was four years of the greatest time playing with the boys,” Pure said. “We experienced the highs and the lows together and it’s all memorable. I’m pretty sure that for the rest of my life, I’m going to be able to look back on these four years of lacrosse at Dawson with coach Peter Devlin and my best friends as some of the best years of my life.
“The achievements were awesome but just grinding every day to try to win with my boys is what I’ll always remember most.”
Pure’s resume is truly one befitting Colorado’s greatest of all time to date.
With 252 career goals, he passed Rock Canyon’s Wilson Dismuke (2010-13) for most all time by 26. Pure’s 205 career assists are 17 more than Monarch’s Michael Christma (2005-07) and are now the all-time mark. Those combined totals give him 457 career points and the all-time records, which he already held to begin the 2018 spring season. Monarch’s Chad Kreuzer (2013-16) has second most all-time points with 333.
Pure also has the single-season record for points, which he set when he put up 128 points as a sophomore in 2016. His senior season, Pure led all Colorado players in goals (70), assists (50) and points (120) overall.
With Pure leading the way, the Mustangs finished runners-up in Class 4A for the third straight season. They fell 6-8 to Cheyenne Mountain in this year’s title game after finally getting past rival Valor Christian, the team that had beaten them for the two previous championships.
“The season obviously didn’t finish how any of us wanted it to,” Pure said. “Honestly, we’re still a little stung from it because we were rolling and we just didn’t have our best game in the finals. But you have to take the positives from it and I still think this was maybe the best and also the most fun team I’ve ever been a part of.”
Surprisingly, Pure doesn’t currently plan to continue his lacrosse career at the next level. He instead is headed to the University of Indiana, where he hopes to get into the business school.
Though he isn’t focused on it, Colorado’s all-time statistical leader hasn’t ruled out playing lacrosse in the future. Pure has options including an open transfer offer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But that is a decision for down the road, and one that will all depend on how strongly Pure finds himself pulled back to the sport.
“If I miss it really badly, I may look for a chance to play,” Pure said.