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Hilltoppers fall to Duke City at home

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By Phil Scherer

Facing Duke City at Dara Jones Field Saturday afternoon, the young Los Alamos High School boys’ lacrosse team showed it still has a lot to learn about competing at the highest level, falling 17-3. 

Duke City dominated possession of the ball from the very beginning, going up 5-0 before the Hilltoppers got the ball across midfield. 

After switching sides for the second quarter, the Hilltoppers seemed to gain a little bit of momentum and went on the attack. Kevin Dors got LAHS on the board with a beautiful shot from close range, making the score 5-1. 

However, Duke City, which is made up of some of the best lacrosse players in all of Albuquerque from multiple schools, continued to attack and quickly put the game out of reach. 

Long after the outcome had been decided, Caleb Key and Jack Vandenkieboom scored goals for the Hilltoppers, temporarily sending cheers throughout the home crowd. 

As the final whistle blew, however, Duke City emerged with a 17-3 victory. 

The Hilltoppers will play their final home game of the season Saturday against Rio Rancho at Los Alamos Middle School at 10 a.m. The girl’s lacrosse team also plays for the final time Saturday at 10 a.m. at Dara Jones Field at Overlook Park in White Rock.