Previewing the boys lacrosse season

Our boys lacrosse preview is a compilation of information from coaches, administrators and MaxPreps statistics.

Across the state of Colorado, 67 schools with approximately 3,000 student-athletes compete in two classifications of boys lacrosse.

Class 5A is made up of 36 schools with an enrollment of more than 1,410 students. There are 31 4A schools with enrollments below 1,410.

Below is comprehensive preview of each team.

We have strived to receive, compile and publish all of the names and information as correctly as possible. We apologize in advance for any misspelled names, statistical errors or mistakes that appear in this preview. Please send corrections to rcasey@chsaa.org.

Class 5A

Front Range League (9 teams)

Boulder Panthers

Coach: Collin Knowles
2013 record: 8-7
Returning lettermen: 17
Leading seniors: Brandon Jacobs, M; Ian Oden, A; Vito Lecesse, D; Zach Brode, M; Ben Jacobson, LSM;
Top juniors: Jack Heyman, A;
Sophomores to watch: Connor Fox, A; Cleveland McCarty, D; Jonny Colletta, G (Freshman)

2014 outlook: Five of top six scorers return in 2014 and experienced on defense. Ian Oden 39/34 and Brandon Jacobs 36/7 return with more scoring expected from Zach Brode (senior, midfield) and Connor Fox (sophomore, attack). Freshman Jonny Colletta will compete with senior Reed Morrison for the starting goalie position. Vito Lecesse and Ben Jacobson bring senior leadership to a strong veteran defense.

Chatfield Chargers

Coach: Kevin O’Brien
2013 record: 6-8
Returning lettermen: 18
Leading seniors: Eric Potts, M; Ross Steward, M; Josh Heidrick, LSM;
Top juniors: Michael Callahan-Harris, M; Connor Aycock, M; Jeremy Thompson, M; Jared Kelleher, M; Jacob Larsen, A; Lucas Gunkel, A; Dylan Thompson, D; Tanner Lewis, Defense
Sophomores to watch: Nick Lovell, A; Jordan Alexander, G;

2013 highlight: Chatfield had a strong finish to its 2013 season and played some eventual playoff teams pretty tough in its last couple games. Although the Chargers missed the playoffs, they still look back at 2013 as a successful campaign.

2014 outlook: Chatfield is looking forward to a strong 2014 season. The team has a lot of potential as its returns 18 varsity players. "Looking forward to see how our team fares against some very strong programs we have on our schedule," O'Brien said.

Columbine Rebels

Coach: Matt Plitnick
2013 record: 12-3
Returning lettermen: 14
Leading seniors: Anthony Sanfilippo, A; Larry Munson, M; Tyler Goodwin, M;
Top juniors: Landon Kramer, M; Lucas Leyba, LSM; Dylan Compton, FOGO; Ian Lewis, D;
Sophomores to watch: Justin Gonzales, M; Nick Stasch, A;

2013 highlight: Columbine was able to produce eight all-state players, including two All-Americans. Winning back-to-back league and Littleton Cup championships was the highlight of 2013 for Columbine.

2014 outlook: Youth is the word for 2014. Many talented, yet unproven players dot the roster. The schedule remains challenging with key out of state games against Mercer Island (Wash.), Bainbridge Island (Wash.) and Lincoln (Ore.). If youth can gain experience, the Rebels look for a three-peat in the Jeffco League.

Dakota Ridge Eagles

Coach: Mike Thumim
2013 record: 8-7
Returning lettermen: 24
Leading seniors: Davis Sebald, M; Tyson Butler, M; Ryan Schneider, M; Kaden Hummel, M;
Top juniors: Alden Erickson, D; Sean Arfsten, D; Joe Brown, M/FO, Taylor Davis, A; Duncan Okubo, A; Tanner Pauley, G;
Sophomores to watch: Cody Hill, A; Matt Moscati, LSM;

2013 highlight: "Last year our first as a varsity and missed the playoffs by one game," Thumim said. "We had two overtime losses."

2014 outlook: "We are returning all 10 starters from last year and are a junior-class heavy team," Thumim said. "We expect to compete for a playoff spot this year and hope to surprise many teams as we will be overlooked being so new. But, we have some kids getting recruited and have a lot of experience."

Fairview Knights

Coach: Michael Flood
2013 record: 5-10
Returning lettermen: 20
Leading seniors: Sean LaVine, D; Kipp Planchard, D; Josh Drake, D; Bobby Johnson, A; Blake Josenhans, M;¸ Matt Wantz, M;¸ Avi Becker, M;
Top juniors: Luke Miller, D; Andrew Yi, M; Steele Mercer, M; Connor May/Attack
Sophomores to watch: Quinn Carrigan, A; Rylan Squirrell, M; Daniel Rahn, M;

2013 highlight: "In 2013 we opened the season with an overtime victory against Highlands Ranch," Flood said. "We followed up that game with an overtime win against Palmer. Both exciting finishes happened on our home turf in front of our fans."

2014 outlook: "We have a seasoned group of seniors who are ready to take care of business this coming season," Flood said. "Our guys have put in more work this offseason than ever before. With most of the team coming back, we expect to have a strong presence in our league and in the state."

Fossil Ridge Sabercats/Fort Collins Unified Lacrosse

Coach: David Shigekane
2013 record: 11-4
Returning lettermen: 12
Leading seniors: Bradley Sobotka, A; Ben Braley, D; Robin Kelley, D; Cole Purdy, D; Baily Hoffman, M; Carter Nuttall, M; Tate Stuart, M; David Lund, A
Top juniors: Kevin Schultz, M; Cam Castle, G; Trey Jouard, M; Trevor DeBaere, A; Joe Cribari, M
Sophomores to watch: David Kravec, D; Alex Winkler, G; Ryan Hsin, M

2013 highlight: "We started off with a four-day spring break trip, where we played three games and had three practices. We went 1-2 and the team was worn out and not satisfied," Shigekane said. "This helped us prepare for the rest of the season. With all the weather, we had to finish the season with playing six games in nine days, against very tough competition. The players rose to the occasion and played their best lacrosse, winning all six games and received a No. 4 (seed) in the playoffs."

2014 outlook: "We graduated about 15 seniors and lettermen," Shigekane said. "We are a young team. I am excited for the players to learn about leadership, community and hard work. With these behaviors in place this team will experience a great season and life-long friendships."

Lakewood Tigers

Coach: Eric Seelbach
2013 record: 6-8
Returning lettermen: 14
Leading seniors: Adam Zimmerman, A; John Stauffer, D;
Top juniors: Will Swartz, A; Jared Taha, M; Braden Birney, M/FO, Sam Copper, D

2013 highlight: The 2013 season was Lakewood’s very first season of competition. The team worked hard to gel all season, and began to make great strides by the end of the competition to enter 2014 on a number of high notes. The team found an identity on offense, and will look to pick up momentum in other areas of the team from that success.

2014 outlook: The Lakewood Tigers return a solid core of players at every position for the 2014 season. The team's top three scorers -- Adam Zimmerman, Will Swartz, and Braden Birney -- are all primed for important responsibilities in leadership on the offensive side of the ball, while defensive leadership will come from John Stauffer and Sam Copper. Looking to improve on its record from the 2013 season, the Tigers have set their sights on earning their first-ever playoff berth in 2014.

Monarch Coyotes

Coach: David Auday
2013 record: 10-5
Returning lettermen: 13
Leading seniors: Will Simonson, A; Troy Naudain, A; Mark Allen, D
Top juniors: Connor Johnson, G; Max Wiesner, M; Phil Bubernek, M
Sophomores to watch: Andrew Zweirs, M; Chad Kreuzer, M

2013 highlight: "We completed our ninth year in a row of being a playoff team," Auday said.

2014 outlook: "We have one of the best goalies in the state in Connor Johnson and a good, D;" Auday said. "We have some talented short sticks in Max Wiesner, Phil Bubernek, Chad Kreuzer and Andrew Zweirs."

Prairie View Thunderhawks

Coach: Dave Pucul
2013 record: 2-14
Returning lettermen: 9
Leading seniors: Austin Barnhill, LSM; Bryce Robinson, G; Cory Paterson, M
Top juniors: Caleb Strand, M; Adrian Aragon, A; Christian Jacoby, D
Sophomores to watch: Jake Zaroff, G; Josh Fielder, M

2014 outlook:
It's hard to tell what this season may hold for the Thunderhawks. "This is my first season coaching at PVHS, and what I see is a group of young men working hard in the offseason, playing box lacrosse, and practicing on their own time," Pucul said. "Because there is not an established feeder system in the area, most players started in the ninth grade, but what they lack in experience, they are willing to make up for in hard work. This year we will focus on building a team, constructing a community, and starting traditions within the Thunderhawk program."

South Suburban League (9 teams)

Colorado Academy Mustangs

Coach: Randy Colley
2013 record: 13-4
Returning lettermen: 14
Leading seniors: Sam Sweeney, LSM; Jack Thomas, A; Trevor Pratt, D; Jack Griswold, M; Matt Cole, D;
Top juniors: Tyler Kelly, M; Zander Naes, G;
Sophomores to watch: Winston Palmeri, A; Mac Mease, A;, M; TK Kidder, D; Carson Pratt, LSM

Denver East Angels

Coach: Sean McCarthy
2013 record: 7-9
Returning lettermen: 15
Leading seniors: Jake Sawyer, D; Griffin Heller, A; Jack Matthews, A; Kellen Self, A; Joey Cowperthwaite, G;
Top juniors: Sam Bierman, M; Sid Torrigino, A; Connor Lewis, A; Taylor Bombadiere, LSM
Sophomores to watch: Max Bragdon, M

2013 highlight: The Angels did well enough to earn the final seed in the state 5A playoffs. They faced the No. 1 seed, Cherry Creek, in the first round. The team lost but not without giving the top ranked team a tight 9-4 battle. East had strong wins against Heritage and Grandview that certainly helped push a bid for the playoffs.

2014 outlook: With 14 returning lettermen and a core senior class, 2014 looks bright for the Angels. The team will look to make a deeper push into the state playoffs backed with an experienced back line. Jack Sawyer, a returning first-team all-stater, will anchor the defense alongside returning starters, Connor Lewis and senior goaltender Joey Cowperthwaite. The team will also look to seniors for offensive production in left-handed attackman, Griffin Heller and linemate Jack Matthews. Ball possession will be a huge factor, as the Angels will have high expectations for junior Sam Bierman to hold down the face-off and to contribute on offense.

Gateway Olympians

Coach: Ben Mack
2013 record: 1-13
Returning lettermen: 9
Leading seniors: Kyler Grunewald, M; Kolby Spring, A; Christian Davis, M; Dylan Conley, M; Will Goos, M
Top juniors: La'Brian Miller, D; Christian Fritz, M
Sophomores to watch: Bryce Grunewald, G/M

2014 outlook: A strong senior class will lead the Gateway Olympian's lacrosse team in 2014. This leadership includes returning seven starters from the previous year, and a solid core of young players to develop over the course of the season. The Olympians will be challenged early and often, playing quality opponents from Denver Metro area.

George Washington Patriots

Coach: Matt Miller
2013 record: 0-14

Heritage Eagles

Coach: Jon Cohen
2013 record: 7-8
Returning lettermen: 16
Leading seniors: TJ Florence, M; Keegan Hoefer, M; Mitch Oldenburg, G; James Marion, DM; Clay Solich, M
Sophomores to watch: Keaton Komatz, M

2014 outlook: Jon Cohen starts his first season as head coach of the Heritage Eagles. The team is loaded with senior talent, 19 seniors are on the varsity roster. The Eagles return 80 percent of their scoring and their starting goalie for the 2014 season.

Kent Denver Sun Devils

Coach: Ben Brenneman
2013 record: 10-5
Returning lettermen: 22
Leading seniors: Joey Matarazzo, M; Brooks Benson, M; Trevon Hamlet, FO/M
Matt Pinto, D/LSM; Marcus Stears, G
Top juniors: Jaden Franklin, A; Zander Ellis, A; Joe Rassenfoss, M; Gunnar Sveen, D; Jack Ammons, D
Sophomores to watch: James Hueston, M/A

2013 highlight: "A win at home against Nationally Ranked Torrey Pines (Calif.) was a great day," Brenneman said. "A very close game with an awesome crowd in attendance for the presentation of the Kent Denver Lacrosse Alumni Award, presented to former head coach Tom Graesser."

2014 outlook: "Every year you lose some key players to graduation," Brenneman said, "but we are fortunate to return a lot of 2013's starting players who are current seniors and juniors. We are excited to see which guys among them will step up as leaders, and which of the young athletes will break into the mix. The 2014 Colorado high school lacrosse landscape is sure to be one of the deepest and most competitive in recent years."

Littleton Lions

Coach: Brad Todd
2013 record: 4-11
Returning lettermen: 18
Leading seniors: Andrew Krom, M; Josh Barrow, M; Riley Harden, A; Aaron Mountfort, G; Thatcher Bouck, D; Sean Malloy, D
Top juniors: Joe Timm, A; Ben Schreiber, D
Sophomores to watch: Donovan Crabtree, A; Nathan Gothard, M; Will Gast, D

2013 highlight: "Last season was a tough one for our program, finishing 4-11 after qualifying for the state tournament the past three years," Todd said. "Although there were not a lot of highlights in the win/loss column, we saw high potential in the growth and improvement of our JV team and underclassmen on the varsity team. We had a lot of new faces that were not experienced enough to take on the roles we asked them to. We saw a lot of improvement the second half of the season and we are looking take that momentum into 2014."

2014 outlook: This season, Littleton looks to turn it around with a good crop of returning varsity players and get back into the state tournament. With seven returning starters and the entire coaching staff back, we are looking to make big improvements on the field this season. Littleton is led by a strong senior class and an experienced attack unit made up of seniors Riley Harden and Charlie Hindman, junior Joe Timm and sophomore Donovan Crabtree. The midfield is led by Andrew Krom and Josh Barrow and will look to Mac Baker, Nathan Gothard and Evan Witt to take on bigger roles this season.
Junior Ben Schreiber leads a senior-heavy defensive unit along with Sean Malloy, Andy Wheeler, Michael Norwood and Thatcher Bouck. They'll play in front of senior keeper Aaron Mountfort who split time in goal last year. "Experience is the biggest gain we made last year, and this group is ready to compete in the tough South Suburban conference," Todd said.

Rangeview Raiders

Coach: Davin Young
2013 record: 5-10
Leading returning goal scorer: R. Zhu (12)
Leading returning assists: J. Conley (13)
Leading returning points scorer: J. Conley (25)
Leading returning ground balls: J. Hiner (34)

Regis Jesuit Raiders

Coach: Jim Soran
2013 record: 12-6
Returning lettermen: 21
Leading seniors: Liam McHugh, LSM/D; Will Denes, LSM/D; Aaron Horvat, M
Top juniors: Ben Bechter, A; Truett Davis, A; Matt Soran, A; Chase Konkel, M; Chet Dunstan, M; Mike Wegner, D; Conor Shea, D; Brett Quartuccio, G; Ben Adams, G; Simon Quan, M
Sophomores to watch: Alec Barnes, M; Cole Boland, M

2013 highlight: "Young. Bought into concept to believe they could do something special," Soran said. "Big win in quarters. Tough loss in semis."
2014 outlook: "They will have to earn everything they get," Soran said

Douglas County League (10 teams)

Castle View Sabercats

Coach: Jose Trujillo
2013 record: 8-8
Leading returning goal scorer: M. Tuttle (51)
Leading returning assists: M. Madril (17)
Leading returning points scorer: M. Tuttle (61)
Leading returning ground balls: M. Tuttle (90)
Leading returning goalie: R. Johnson (.508 save percentage)

Chaparral Wolverines

Coach: Mike Magrin
2013 record: 11-4
Returning lettermen: 8
Leading seniors: Colton McCaffrey, A; Keenan Foshe, M; Wyatt Jones, A; Alex Spindler, M;
Top juniors: Mitch Ross, M; Jake Coleman, A;
Sophomores to watch: Jared Franklin, D

2013 highlight: Great season for the Wolverines making it to the state playoffs in 2013.

2014 outlook: Chaparral returns the entire starting offense from last year. The Wolverine defense will be anchored by a tremendous freshman goalie Erik Peters. Look for the Wolverines to go deep into playoff this season.

Douglas County Huskies

Coach: Scott Evans
2013 record: 7-8
Returning lettermen: 15
Leading seniors: Stephen Wade, M; Matthew Schneider, D; Josh "Slushi" Miller, A
Top juniors: Tanya White, A
Sophomores to watch: Youn Son, A

2013 highlight: The 2013 team has its best record in four years.

2014 outlook: DCHS welcomes the legendary Colorado lacrosse personality Scott Evans as the new coach and program director. Douglas County returns 14 quality seniors, many of whom will start opening day. They will be led by a stout defense and all-conference candidate Matt Schneider. The Huskies are intent on moving up to be a contender in the increasingly stout Douglas County conference.

Highlands Ranch Falcons

Coach: Matthew Bocklet
2013 record: 9-7
Returning lettermen: 18
Leading seniors: Evan Wong, A; Joe Quatrochi, FO/M; Max Abbott, A; Jake Pawley, M; Jordan Jones, D; Austin Davis, D; Danny Buckley, M;
Top juniors: Bay Sherbert, A/M; Evan Baker, A; Russell Riley, G; Drew Larsen, M;
Sophomores to watch: Kyle Sterner, M; Alec Bright, D

2013 highlight: Highlands Ranch was playing against Smoky Hill late in March. "We were down 7-3 with four minutes left in the game," Bocklet said. "We finished the game on a 5-0 run and won 8-7 in regulation. Was by far our best comeback of the season and the best four minutes of lacrosse we played all season."

2014 outlook: "We lost some very talented seniors to graduation, but this year we have a very strong senior class that I expect to lead us to another successful season," Bocklet said. "The team has worked harder in the offseason and we hope that translates to a couple more wins this spring."

Legend Titans

Coach: Dorian Cagaanan
2013 record: 5-9
Leading returning goal scorer: N. Grim (20)
Leading returning assists: N. Grim (10)
Leading returning points scorer: N. Grim (30)
Leading returning ground balls: C. Keicher (37)

Lewis-Palmer Rangers

Coach: Alan Smith
2013 record: 5-9
Leading returning goal scorer: G. Helwig (24)
Leading returning assists: G. Helwig (22)
Leading returning points scorer: G. Helwig (46)
Leading returning ground balls: G. Helwig (78)
Leading returning goalie: G. Osterlund (.650 save percentage)

Mountain Vista Golden Eagles

Coach: Jake Herman
2013 record: 9-6
Returning lettermen: 20
Leading seniors: Davis Barker, M/A; Alec Womack, A; Shane Mckenna, A
Top juniors: Christian Barker, M/A; Sam Ell, D; Bryan Hancock, M; Chase Babcock, D; Kiel Brennan, M; Kyle Pless, D/LSM; Christian Brady, DM
Sophomores to watch: Paxton Boyer, G; Noah Hirshorn, M; Coby Petau, M; Jake Harvey, M; Dimitri Kambeitz, LSM

2013 highlight: The 2013 season for Mountain Vista included many tough fought games to Douglas County opponents. The Golden Eagles also fought tooth and nail against some of the state's finest. The team came together for big wins against Chaparral and Castle View. Going into the state tournament, Mountain Vista ran into the eventual state champion, Arapahoe, and played a tough game.

2014 outlook: The 2014 season for Mountain is looking very bright. The team is setting lofty goals this year due to a shared belief that this team is built from the bottom up to succeed. "Vista lacrosse has reinvented ourselves in our offseason training that is laying the ground work for the spring season," Herman said. "Vista is no longer under the radar and is working towards achieving success. Our fast-paced offense and pressure defense looks to compete with everyone at the highest level. Vista has a very tough schedule this year which will help us to become battle tested."

Palmer Terrors

Coach: Sequoia Bowan
2013 record: 6-9
Returning lettermen: 17
Leading seniors: Sam Horning, M; DJ Stane, A
Top juniors: Chip Cipoletti, M; Kyle Soens, D;
Sophomores to watch: Noah Smith, M; Caleb Espinoza, G

2014 outlook: An extremely young team hoping to develop and improve throughout the course of the season.

Rock Canyon Jaguars

Coach: Louis Goldin
2013 record: 11-5
Returning lettermen: 16
Leading seniors: Conrad Coppage, A; Jeff Howard, A; Hanson Finley, M; Chris Pietra, M; Zack Anderson, D; Noah Parker, G
Top juniors: Colton Jackson, M; Michael Phelps, D
Sophomores to watch: Ian Hicks, LSM

2013 Highlight: Having Wilkins Dismuke on the team (two-time player of the year)

2014 outlook: "Even though we have many returning players, we are a very different team this year," Goldin said. "This year, we are much more focused on the team aspect and plan on having this be our strength."

ThunderRidge Grizzlies

Coach: Reg Weber
2013 record: 5-10
Returning lettermen: 10
Leading seniors: Blake Sandman, D; Leif Hovda, M; Connor Koslosky, A; Jimmy Fair, M
Top juniors: Dakota Ball, G; Jack Matchinsky, D; Braidon McLean, A; Cole Ogrodnick, M;
Sophomores to watch: Lucas Thornton, A; Freshman-Dylan Sandman, A;

2013 highlight: The team had significant potential but lost numerous games by one goal. "Lost our starting goalie early in the season," Weber said.

2014 outlook: Currently have two players who received letters of intent from Division I schools. Very good combination of returning senior and junior lettermen. Good team work ethic. Expectations are high for a good season.

Centennial League (8 teams)

Arapahoe Warriors

Coach: Guy Cerasoli
2013 record: 17-3
Leading returning goal scorer: B. Wilson (20)
Leading returning assists: Z. Runberg (9)
Leading returning points scorer: Z. Runberg (28)
Leading returning ground balls: Z. Runberg (23)

Cherokee Trail Cougars

Coach: Rowan Allen
2013 record: 4-10

Cherry Creek Bruins

Coach: Bryan Perry
2013 record: 13-6
Returning lettermen: 28
Leading seniors: Ryan Arthur, A; Matt Goettelman, D; Addison Christensen, G; Zach Yoshiaka, LSM
Top juniors: Dylan Johnson, D; Quinten Sanders, D; Jack Savage, A
Sophomores to watch: Henry Adams, A; Ben Kingdom, D

2014 outlook: Looking forward to improving throughout the season.

Eaglecrest Raptors

Coach: Brian Vickery
2013 record: 7-7
Leading returning goal scorer: M. Jung (21)
Leading returning assists: I. Towner (19)
Leading returning points scorer: I. Towner (32)
Leading returning ground balls: P. Schwinger (46)
Leading returning goalie: E. Shaw (.543 save percentage)

Grandview Wolves

Coach: Nate Mueller
2013 record: 4-9
Returning lettermen: 20
Leading seniors: Jackson Crawford, M; Keegan Martin, M; Trent Richardson, M; Quinn Moore, A; Tyler Prins, A; Troy Humphrey, D; Alex Trujillo, D; Max Bauer, LSM;
Top juniors: Brett Putzstuck, M; Jack Devereaux, M;
Sophomores to watch: Josh Melton, A; Ryland Clay, M; Matt Sciba, M; Garrett Goulding, M; Spencer Chute, M; Keaton Carney/Defense

2013 highlight: Coming out of a 2-13 season, and the third new coaching staff in three years, it was a tough transition year for the program. The team responded by increasing offensive production and doubling their wins from the previous year.

2014 outlook: Following a tough rebuilding year, and with 20 returning varsity players, led by seniors Alex Trujillo and Troy Humphries at defense; Keegan Martin, Trent Richardson, Matt Brazell and Jackson Crawford at midfield; and Quinn Moore and Tyler Prins at attack; Grandview is determined to make a statement in 2014.

Mullen Mustangs

Coach: Mitch Brin
2013 record: 13-6
Leading returning goal scorer: B. Brehm (25)
Leading returning assists: N. Philips (7)
Leading returning points scorer: B. Brehm (31)
Leading returning ground balls: B. Brehm (45)

Overland Trailblazers

Coach: Danny Barocas

2013 record: 6-8
Returning lettermen: 9
Leading seniors: Patrick Au, D
Top juniors: Kadin Rivas, A/M; Richard Au, G
Sophomores to watch: D'Angelo Rivas, A

2014 outlook: "With only two seniors in the program, we are looking towards our youth to really drive us home this year," Barocas said. "We have a solid core of returning players who, despite their youth, bring a lot of varsity game experience. We've grown and matured since last year, and begun to develop what it means to play team lacrosse. On the offensive end, we will look toward the brothers Kadin and D'Angelo Rivas to anchor as scoring threats, while on the defensive end Patrick Au will lead our defensive unit, keeping the ball away from his brother and goalie Richard Au."

Smoky Hill Buffaloes

Coach: Preston Davis
2013 record: 11-4
Returning lettermen: 8
Leading seniors: Blake Foerster, A; Davis Smestad, M; Jordan Ruhl, G; Beau Lansdown, A; Tyler Glenn, M;field
Top juniors: Austin Peper , D; Jackson Ross, A; Peter Douglas, D; Ben Champion, M; Giordan Thompson, M;field

2013 highlight: The Smoky lacrosse program finished the season in the top 10 for the first time in school history. The program had four representatives on the all-state team and Blake Foerster was the leading goal scorer in the state.

2014 outlook: Smoky Hill continues to work hard and develop as a team. There will be some new faces wearing the Buffaloes uniform this season, however the coaches feel confident that the new dynamic will continue to provide team success.

Class 4A

Mountain League (10 teams)

Aspen Skiers

Coach: Mike Goerne
2013 record: 12-4
Returning lettermen: 17
Leading seniors: Matt Sovich, M; Donte Lizotte, Defense
Top juniors: Harry Ferguson, A; Tyler Tick, A; Ryan Fitzgerald, A; John Heaphey, M; Conner Peirce, D; Nicky Cottrell, D; Art Kelso, G;
Sophomores to watch: Zac Storm, D; Jonathan Wells, M;

2013 highlight: Aspen skiers had a successful 2013 season advancing to the playoffs for the team's first playoff appearance making it to the quarterfinals. It was a young team with over half the roster being sophomores. The team was lead by a small group of dedicated and athletic seniors that had a strong presence for the midfield and defense.

2014 outlook: Preparing for the season and with many returning players, the team is focused on getting right back to the team chemistry that was built during the 2013 season. Offensively, all three attack from 2013 are returning as juniors with a strong and fast group of midfielders who are eager to push the transition with the changes to the substitution rules. Defensively, two junior goalies -- Art Kelso and Jordan Cottrell -- will continue battling and pushing each other for time in the net while the defense works to fill open positions from graduated seniors. The team has a tougher schedule with more non-conference game in the anticipation of being a strong team than 2013 when the playoffs begin.

Battle Mountain Huskies

Coach: Jerry Nichols
2013 record: 12-4
Leading returning goal scorer: T. Clark (19)
Leading returning assists: C. Davis (25)
Leading returning points scorer: C. Davis (35)
Leading returning ground balls: Q. Davis (50)
Leading returning goalie: Z. Trombetta (.591 save percentage)

Durango Demons

Coach: John Robinette
2013 record: 7-7
Returning lettermen: 17
Leading seniors: Jared Cook, A; Wesley Komick, A; Walker Brown, G; Brad Kulovitz, D; Westly Moore, D; Duncan Whitley, M; Jacob Boyle, M
Top juniors: Tevor Gabbard, M; Liam Millar, A; Hunter Hall, M; Jackson Berridge, D; Enver Djuneshbekov, M; Patrick Cunnion, M
Sophomores to watch: Hank Muir, D; Kyle Robinette (freshman), A; Conner Coleman (freshman), D; Dillon Coleman (freshman), D

2013 highlight: Started the season 0-6 against the top teams in the Mountain conference. Finished 7-1 in the remaining 8 games.

2014 outlook: With a strong core of senior players returning, and a new crop of up and coming freshman, sophomores and juniors, the Demons are poised for a breakout season. Both starting midfield and attack units will be back, as well as starting goalie and two of the three starting defensemen.

Eagle Valley Devils

Coach: Ted Boddy
2013 record: 6-9
Returning lettermen: 12
Leading seniors: Johnny Bailey, A/M; Nick Briggs, A;
Top juniors: Riley Nestlerode, D;, Joe Sheldon, G; Quinn McCord, M; Mike Ramunno, M; Ryan Monica, M
Sophomores to watch: Jared Salaz, A;

2013 highlight: 2013 marked the first time Eagle Valley made the playoffs in its five year history. "We also saw the school goals record fall; broken by three players Sam Boyd (30), Nick Briggs (30), and Johnny Bailey (25)," Boddy said. "The points record fell to Johnny Bailey with 60 points." The team grew quite a bit over the course of the year and gave a great effort against eventual 4A champion Wheat Ridge.

2014 outlook: Coming into 2014, the Devils will be focused on their first .500 record and improving their seeding in the 4A playoffs. Anchored by the school record holder in points (J. Bailey) and goals (N. Briggs) their attack looks to lead the way along with Noah Ejnes and sophomore Jared Salaz. The defense will be anchored by Joe Sheldon in net, taking over after two years as the varsity backup, and junior defenseman Riley Nestlerode. This season looks to be a strong one for a growing program with over 50 players in it.

Fruita Monument Wildcats

Coach: Mark Young
2013 record: 6-9
Leading returning goal scorer: D. Weihl (13)
Leading returning assists: J. Lynch (10)
Leading returning points scorer: T. Peterson (18)
Leading returning ground balls: J. Lynch (53)
Leading returning goalie: C. Brown (.457 percentage)

Glenwood Springs Demons

Coach: Rick Stevens
2013 record: 2-12
Returning lettermen: 14
Leading seniors: Karros Huang, D; Scott Gilmore, G; Nikko Medina, M;
2013 highlight: "We won our last couple of games," Stevens said.
2014 outlook: " This year we will be doing a team community project," Stevens said. "We are bringing Joe Ehrmann, author of 'Inside Out Coaching' to Glenwood Springs to deliver a keynote address and conduct a coach's clinic. Joe is well known around the country and it will be a privilege to host him. He will be here May 23-24."

Grand Junction Tigers

Coach: James States
2013 record: 7-7
Leading returning goal scorer: M. Combs (10)
Leading returning assists: Stephen Foster (16)
Leading returning points scorer: Stephen Foster (21)
Leading returning ground balls: N. Gookin (45)

Steamboat Springs Sailors

Coach: Bob Hiester
2013 record: 14-4

Summit Tigers

Coach: Karl Barth
2013 record: 8-8
Returning lettermen: 8
Leading seniors: Josh Braun, LSM;
Top juniors: Jorden Nelson, G; Jack Bilenduke, A; Jesse Reller, D; Sam Herwig, D; Mike Farley, LSM
Sophomores to watch: Wil Laidlaw, M

Telluride Miners

Coach: Jon Martin
2013 record: 5-9
Returning lettermen: 17
Leading seniors: Tristan Purdy, LSM; Irah Wooten, A; Conner Lawson-Huskey, M; Nico Shapiro, M; Matt Sandoval, M; Oscar Lopez, M; Trey Huska, M; Tate Hobbs, A; Sam Demas, M; Max Bailis, A;  Joey Treston, D; Avery Valerio, D
Top juniors: TJ Fulton, D; TJ Montes, G; Lawson Omer, A
Sophomores to watch: Kole Shugars, A; Cody Chacon, A/M

2013 highlight: 2013 was a huge leap forward for Telluride lacrosse. In its third CHSAA season, Telluride notched five wins including two against Mountain Conference teams -- after going winless in the first two.

2014 outlook: "2014 is promising for Telluride lacrosse as we have the most returning senior lettermen in the history of the program," Martin said. "We hope to build on the momentum created last year and extend our win tally."

Foothills League (8 teams)

Alexander Dawson Mustangs

Coach: Peter Devlin
2013 record: 8-8
Returning lettermen: 14
Leading seniors: Eli Negrelli, A; Sam Martin, G;
Top juniors: Chase Brown, A; Keenan D'Arcy, D;
Sophomores to watch: Wyatt Watts, M

2013 highlight: The team was excited to have made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. "The boys worked extremely hard to achieve several of their season goals and succeeded by working as a team," Devlin said.

2014 outlook: "We will look to build off of the momentum gained in 2013 and continue progressing," Devlin said. "The team shows a lot of potential and is looking forward to challenges ahead of us. We will continue to work hard each day and put our best foot forward."

Clear Creek Golddiggers

Coach: Jake Buescher
2013 record: 0-8

Conifer Lobos

Coach: Tyler Knauer
2013 record: 4-11
Leading returning goal scorer: D. Williams (21)
Leading returning assists: D. Williams (24)
Leading returning points scorer: D. Williams (45)
Leading returning ground balls: S. Henderson (38)
Leading Returning Goalie(s): A. Lund  (.481 save percentage), W. Dale (.532)

Evergreen Cougars

Coach: Toby Gerard
2013 record: 6-11
Leading returning goal scorer: D. Haga (25)
Leading returning assists: D. Haga (6)
Leading returning points scorer: D. Haga (31)
Leading returning ground balls: C. Kroll (51)
Leading returning goalie: C. Cecil

Golden Demons

Coach: Kurt Ohlen
2013 record: 4-11
Returning lettermen: 8
Leading seniors: Jake Mitchell, D; Max Becker, M; Austin Pippen, M;
Top juniors: Adam Kreller, M; Cole Greff, M; Eric Kern, D; Matt Conklin, A;
Sophomores to watch: Tanner McAdoo, G; Tommy Topper, D;

2014 outlook: "We are a young team yet again, but the players have a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm," Ohlen said. "Offseason workouts have been very productive and we have been competing well in winter league. Change is in the air at Golden, and this group of Demons is excited to make their presence known in the Foothills Conference."

Green Mountain Rams

Coach: Nate Hallahan
2013 record: 5-10
Returning lettermen: 8
Leading seniors: Zane Larson, D; Kyle Lichty, D; Cody Schiel, G; Bryce Woodworth, A; Max Nielsen, A; Greg Haller, A; Karl Stidham, A
Top juniors: Dustin Ossello, M; Jack Day, A
Sophomores to watch: Nick Warns, M

2013 highlight: Made 4A playoffs and played a hard game against Air Academy in the first round.

2014 outlook: "We have a group of seniors who need to step into leadership roles, both off and on the field," Hallahan said. "We need some of our young players to figure out their roles and execute them at a high level. We will need to outwork our opponents and focus on team defense and sharing the ball offensively if we want to return to the state playoffs for a second straight year."

Thompson Valley Eagles

Coach: Rich Modesti
2013 record: 11-6
Returning lettermen: 20
Leading seniors: Eric Houghteling, FO/M, Brian McGhie, M; Stanley Garcia, D; Jonah Warren, DM/M
Top juniors: Nik Clinton, M; Johnny Parsons, A; Steve Murray, D; Jack Biegal, D
Sophomores to watch: Kale Wilson, A; Jerett Cherry, D;

2013 highlight: The 2013 season was the most successful in the short history of TV boys lacrosse. It was the first year that the team had a winning record, made the playoffs and won a playoff game. Many of the seniors that were a part of the team had participated in turning the team from a new, inexperienced program, into a contending 4A organization.

2014 outlook: The 2014 season will be a test of the program's durability and growth over the last several seasons. This is the first season that there will be more upperclassmen on the varsity roster than underclassmen. The season that many of the players worked very hard to acquire is finally here. The team, coaches and players, are excited for the opportunities that last year's success has brought into the current season, and look forward to building on the solid foundation that they have built.

Wheat Ridge Farmers

Coach: Chris Knott
2013 record: 15-4
Returning lettermen: 26
Leading seniors: Jensen Makarov, G; John Roach, A; Caleb Cerf, D; Max Marcum, M; Dylan Mechling, M; Tyler Knott, A;
Top juniors: Cody Bartusiak, D; Dima Makarov, A; Benny Pachello, M;
Sophomores to watch: Tyler Wagner, D; Dan O'Connor, A;

2013 highlight: Winning the first 4A state championship.

2014 outlook: "We are looking forward to another great season and the chance to defend the title from 2013," Knott said.

Metro League (6 Teams)

Bishop Machebeuf Buffaloes

Coach: Greg Schaffner
2013 record: 2-7
Returning lettermen: N/A
Leading seniors: Jack Tighe, M/A; Sam Luebbers, D/LSM; Nick Rhems, A/M;
Top juniors: Matt Costin, D/LSM; Jake Donahue, D; Paul Eshelman, D/LSM; JB Keyte, D/LSM; Matt Mannion, A; Cisco Rodriguez, M
Sophomores to watch: Zander Smith, G;

2013 highlight: A week nine win over Englewood, at Englewood. Completion of the season ended up on upward-angle, despite weather hampering the schedule, and forcing the cancellations of several contests.

2014 outlook: "We have a strong core of returning talent, and are looking to build on that nucleus with a bunch of new boys, who, while novices to lacrosse, are athletic," Schaffner said. "Our recruitment base is tiny, but word of mouth has been strong in the school. There is an all-new coaching staff this year, and a new athletic director, so it might be fair to call this a 'rebuilding year' but we are strong at defense and goaltending, and excited for the season."

Denver South Rebels

Coach: Jason Brookes
2013 record: 7-8
Leading returning goal scorer: N. Moss (44)
Leading returning assists: N. Moss (31)
Leading returning points scorer: N. Moss (75)

Englewood Pirates

Coach: Tim Williams
2013 record: 5-8

Ridgeview Rams

Coach: N/A
2013 record: 0-9

Valor Christian Eagles

Coach: Chris Deutschman
2013 record: 14-4
Returning lettermen: 21
Leading seniors: Ethan Thompson, M; Josh O' Connell, M; Erik Ratkelis, M;
Top juniors: Parker Courrier, M; Shawn Johnson, G; Kerry O'Rourke, G; Ryan Russell, A; Drew Bodett, M;
Sophomores to watch: Cole Baker, M; Aiden Donaldson, M; Jake Hibben, D/M; Brett Haskins, A; Elliott Benedict, D

2014 outlook: "We return two-thirds of our top point scorers from 2013 and have a very talented underclassmen contingency that we will depend on for 2014," Deutschman said. "We graduated our entire starting defense and many top players, including seven all-state players. We are excited, though, to push our young players into starting roles and develop our experienced juniors and seniors even more. We will have an uphill climb to achieve the same successes as last year but believe that we will be able to build upon our goals from last season."

Windsor Wizards

Coach: John Belleau
2013 record: 9-7
Leading returning goal scorer: Hunter Hop (32)
Leading returning assists: Hunter Hop (6)
Leading returning points scorer: Hunter Hop (38)
Leading returning ground balls: S. King (16)
Leading returning goalie: T. Rhodes (.620 save percentage)

Pikes Peak League (6 teams)

Air Academy Kadets

Coach: Ron Garcia
2013 record: 17-2
Returning lettermen: 12
Leading seniors: Mitchell Miller, A; Austin Christiansen, M; Ben Brown, M; Nick Breland, D; Jon Tarno, D; Keaton Dealy, LSM; Spencer Dodder, LSM;
Top juniors: Luke La Grassa, M; Ben Self, D
Sophomores to watch: Jake Thornally, A

2013 highlight: "2013 campaign was huge for us," Garcia said. "We were fortunate to win the Pikes Peak Conference an move on to the playoffs, winning against tough teams such as Ponderosa and Steamboat Springs. Came up a little short in our state final game vs. Wheat Ridge but looking forward to 2014 and getting back to the big dance. In past seasons, we've never made it past the second round of playoffs so we were very proud of what we have accomplished in 2013."

2014 outlook: "We're very excited about our 2014 campaign, coming off a great season last year at 17-2 and making a state final appearance," Garcia said. "We're looking to find our identity this year with mature senior leadership and some talented underclassmen. The season looks bright for us in 4A and looking to capitalize on the efforts we have put in during the offseason."

Cheyenne Mountain Indians

Coach: Mike Paige
2013 record: 15-3
Leading returning goal scorer: S. Sheridan (37)
Leading returning assists: S. Sheridan (20)
Leading returning points scorer: S. Sheridan (57)
Leading returning ground balls: C. Rothstein (107)
Leading returning goalie: L. Jepson (.680 save percentage)

Fountain Valley/Colorado Springs Danes

Coach: O’Neil Turner
2013 record: 2-10

Ponderosa Mustangs

Coach: Pat Tierney
2013 record: 10-6
Leading returning goal scorer: D. Mango (35)
Leading returning assists: B. Bruner (23)
Leading returning points scorer: B. Bruner (55)
Leading returning ground balls: J. Griffin (101)

Pueblo West Cyclones

Coach: Jason Pacheck
2013 record: 4-10
Returning lettermen: 21
Leading seniors: Dan Ballotti, D; Nick Cervi, M; Mak Kovak, A; Ian Obendorferr, G; James Lander, LSM;
Top juniors: Justin Hildebrand, D
Sophomores to watch: Christopher Cervi, A; Tanner Crapeau, D; Brian Davis, LSM; Trevor Emond, G; LSM, Midfield, Jerry Peralta, G;

2014 outlook: "We are continuing our commitment to building a positive lacrosse environment based upon character and leadership," Pacheck said.

St. Mary’s Pirates

Coach: Isaac (Ike) Anderson
2013 record: 9-7
Returning lettermen: 16
Leading seniors: Tyler Anderson, G; Connor Gosselin, D; Mitch Estal, DM; Andrew Grammel, LSM; Henry Paris, M
Top juniors: Alex Greenly, M/FO; CJ LaMack, LSM; Michael Tafolla, M/A
Sophomores to watch: Drew Chesire, M/FO; Wes Moran, A; Kyler Kasten, A/M; Daniel Raskob, M; Ben Stockelman, D; Dylan Tait, D

2013 highlight: It was the first time St. Mary's was the playoffs. The team finished third in the Pikes Peak Conference.

2014 outlook: Said Anderson: "We are hope to have a winning season; make the playoffs; compete within our conference; have the team compete and improve with every game; show class and play the game of lacrosse the correct way; be a team with class win or lost; a team who respect everyone, coaches, players, parents and officials; be a team first (play as a team)."

Freelance (1 team)

Denver North Vikings

Coach: TBD
2013 record: N/A