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Top teams advance in girls lacrosse playoffs

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The high school girls lacrosse season is in its home stretch and play has narrowed the field to the eight teams in the May 16 state tournament quarterfinals.

The match-ups for the quarterfinal games are top-seeded Cherry Creek facing ninth-seeded Grandview, No. 2-seeded Colorado Academy facing 10th-seeded Arapahoe. The other two games will match third-seeded Columbine against sixth-seeded Denver East, while fourth-seeded Regis plays fifth-seeded Chaparral.

The first-round games were played May 9 and the second-round games were played May 12. The top seeded teams won all those except one. That exception happened in the second round as 10th ranked Arapahoe defeated seventh-ranked Pine Creek, 17-5.

Cherry Creek, Colorado Academy and Denver East are the only teams in the quarterfinals that have played for a state championship.

Cherry Creek has played in every state championship game since 1990 and has won 10 state titles. Colorado Academy had played and won the championship the last three years. The Angels of Denver East took runner-up in the state in 2010.

A lot of girls lacrosse action remains to be played in the state quarterfinals and semifinals. If defending state champion Colorado Academy and 2017 state runner-up Cherry Creek advance through those two rounds of play, they will meet for the state girls lacrosse title for the fourth straight year.

Cherry Creek is undefeated coming into the tournament and the Bruin scored double figures in all their wins except the 9-8 victory over the Collegiate High School team of Richmond, Virginia.

Colorado Academy was also undefeated with a 16-0 overall record and a 7-0 league record, scoring an average of 18 goals a game. The Mustangs won the state title the last three years and bested Cherry Creek all three years.

Columbine, Regis and Chaparral all have 14-2 overall records, while Grandview is 12-4 and Arapahoe is 11-5.

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