Warriors advance to boys lacrosse semifinals


Arapahoe was the lone south metro area boys lacrosse team remaining in the state playoffs, and the Warriors were scheduled to play a May 16 semifinal game against a familiar foe in Kent Denver.

The Warriors, seeded sixth in the bracket, won their second-round game on May 12, while Chaparral, Cherry Creek and Mountain Vista lost.

Here's a look at area playoff games:

5A quarterfinals

Arapahoe 10, Mountain Vista 8: Junior Josh Hall and senior Ryan Carlson each scored three goals in the second-round triumph over the third-seeded Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles season ended with a 11-6 record.

Regis Jesuit 14, Chaparral 7: The top-seed Raiders ended the Wolverines' six-game winning streak with the quarterfinal playoff win, which ended Chaparral's season with a 13-4 record.

Columbine 6, Cherry Creek 5: The defending state champion Bruins saw their season end with a 13-4 record following the loss to the Rebels. Creek had downed Columbine 11-9 earlier in the season.

5A first round

Mountain Vista 15, Dakota Ridge 6: Cam Hancock scored five goals and Jake Govett four in the victory.

Cherry Creek 14, Lewis-Palmer 2: The Bruins didn't have any trouble in posting the win.

Chaparral 15, Denver East 9: The Wolverines scored four second-period goals to overcome a 3-2 first-period deficit and went on to record the win.

Arapahoe 15, Highlands Ranch 8: Junior Dillon Linhardt tallied four goals and Carlson had three in the Warriors' victory. The Falcons, under first-year coach Brent Adams, finished with an 11-5 record.

Colorado Academy 10, Rock Canyon 7: A scoreless third period was costly for the Jaguars, who were upset by 10th-seeded Colorado Academy in the first round. Justin Hansen and Johnny Schabacker each had two goals for Canyon, which saw its season end with a 12-4 record.

Columbine 10, Heritage 4: The Eagles fell behind 3-0 and never recovered. Logan Cox's two goals paced Heritage, which saw its season halted with a 9-7 record.

Regis Jesuit 11, Legend 5: The 16th-seeded Titans ended the campaign with a 7-9 record after the first-round loss to the undefeated Raiders.

In the opening round Class 4A playoffs, Valor Christian had an easy win but Ponderosa and Littleton lost. Valor, the two-time defending 4A state champions, was eliminated by Dawson in the quarterfinals on May 11 to mark the first time in three years that the Eagles have not advanced to the state championship game.

4A quarterfinals

Dawson School 12, Valor Christian 9: In a rematch of the past two state championship games, senior Austin Saupe scored three goals while Ian Acheson and Trynor each had tallied two, but it wasn't enough to notch another win over Dawson. Valor, which ended the season at 12-5, toppled the Mustangs in last season's 4A title game, 20-12.

4A first round

Valor Christian 16, Green Mountain 0: Sean Traynor's four goals sparked the Eagles' win that saw eight different players score.

Golden 13, Ponderosa 6: The Mustangs' loss wrapped up a 9-7 season.

Cheyenne Mountain 11, Littleton 8: The Lions gave up nine goals in the second period in the loss, which concluded a 10-6 season. Liam O'Malley had three goals and five points in the setback.


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