Arapahoe, Wheat Ridge lead preseason boys lacrosse rankings

(Dennis Marpuri/MaxPreps.com)

Wheat Ridge is the preseason No. 1 team in 4A boys lacrosse. (Dennis Marpuri/MaxPreps.com)

Arapahoe and Wheat Ridge, last season's champions, head the respective preseason boys lacrosse rankings.

The Warriors, No. 1 in 5A, received 10 of the 15 first-place votes in the CHSAANow.com poll, but edged No. 2 Cherry Creek by just one overall point. Arapahoe, a two-time defending champion, does have to replace its four leading scorers who graduated after last season, as well as break in a new goalie.

Cherry Creek, meanwhile, returns its top three scorers from last year's runner-up squad, including sophomore Henry Adams (19 goals, 16 assists a year ago). Starting goalie Addison Christensen is also back.

The Bruins are followed by No. 3 Regis Jesuit, No. 4 Kent Denver and No. 5 Mullen.

Wheat Ridge won last season's inaugural 4A title last year, and now leads the preseason poll this year. Top scorer John Roach is back, as is star goalie Jensen Makarov.

Air Academy, runner-up to Wheat Ridge last season, is No. 2. Cheyenne Mountain is third, and is followed by Thompson Valley and Valor Christian.

Complete rankings for both classes are below.

CHSAANow.com Boys Lacrosse Polls

Voted upon by coaches and media members around the state. These rankings have no bearing on postseason seeding.

Coaches and media members looking to vote should email rcasey@chsaa.org.

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Class 5A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Arapahoe (10) 0-0 134 - 0-0
2 Cherry Creek (1) 0-0 133 - 0-0
3 Regis Jesuit (3) 0-0 110 - 0-0
4 Kent Denver 0-0 101 - 0-0
5 Mullen 0-0 69 - 0-0
6 Columbine 0-0 63 - 0-0
7 Colorado Academy 0-0 61 - 0-0
8 Mountain Vista (1) 0-0 57 - 0-0
9 Rock Canyon 0-0 28 - 0-0
10 Chaparral 0-0 25 - 0-0
Others receiving votes:
Fort Collins 14, Heritage 9, Monarch 6, Grandview 5, Smoky Hill 5, Chatfield 3, Denver East 2, Castle View 1.

Class 4A
RK TEAM W-L PTS PVS LW
1 Wheat Ridge (7) 0-0 70 - 0-0
2 Air Academy 0-0 56 - 0-0
3 Cheyenne Mountain 0-0 51 - 0-0
4 Thompson Valley 0-0 45 - 0-0
5 Valor Christian 0-0 41 - 0-0
6 Steamboat Springs 0-0 33 - 0-0
7 Aspen 0-0 29 - 0-0
8 Battle Mountain 0-0 23 - 0-0
9 Ponderosa 0-0 19 - 0-0
10 Alexander Dawson 0-0 14 - 0-0
Others receiving votes:
St. Mary's 2, Windsor 2.