AURORA — The state tournament brackets for both classes of boys lacrosse, as well as girls lacrosse, were released on Monday.
Cherry Creek got the top seed in the Class 5A boys bracket, while Aspen heads the 4A bracket. In the girls bracket, Cherry Creek is also the No. 1 seed.
Both boys fields are comprised of 16 teams. They begin their respective tournaments on Wednesday, with the championships on May 15 — a Friday — at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Cherry Creek got the top seed in 5A after finishing the regular season a perfect 15-0. The Bruins were runner-up a season ago.
Other tops seeds in 5A boys include No. 2 Regis Jesuit, No. 3 Mountain Vista, No. 4 Kent Denver at No. 5 Columbine. Regis Jesuit is the defending champion.
Aspen is No. 1 in 4A following a regular season in which the Skiers finished 13-2. Both losses came to 5A teams which made the playoffs (Arapahoe and Grandview).
The 4A field is also led by No. 2 Valor Christian, No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain, No. 4 Battle Mountain and No. 5 Dawson.
Ponderosa is the defending champion, and is the No. 7 seed.
The girls field is comprised of 20 teams, with the top 12 seeds getting first-round byes. Things begin with the first round on Wednesday, and the championship is on May 20 at the University of Denver.
Cherry Creek's girls finished the regular season 13-2. Both losses came by a one-goal margine — one to an out-of-state opponent, the second to Denver East last Friday. The Bruins open with the winner of No. 17 Grandview and No. 16 Regis Jesuit.
Other top seeds include No. 2 Mullen, No. 3 Colorado Academy, No. 4 Denver East and No. 5 Arapahoe.
No. 6 Kent Denver, No. 7 Centaurus, No. 8 Rampart, No. 9 Columbine, No. 10 Palmer Ridge, No. 11 Chaparral and No. 12 ThunderRidge also have byes.
Air Academy, last season's champion, is a No. 13 seed in the bracket. The Kadets play No. 20 Golden in the first round.