Heading into the state boys lacrosse playoffs, all eyes will be on Regis Jesuit and Dawson. Those schools earned top seeds in their respective brackets, with playoffs set to begin on Wednesday.
Each bracket has 16 teams, seeded a seeding committee who used criteria laid out in the bulletin, including the final RPI standings of the regular season. State championship games will be held May 18 at Mile High Stadium.
The boys lacrosse state tournament brackets:
Regis Jesuit seems to like even-numbered years. Since 2014, the Raiders have won the 5A title game every other year.
The Raiders fell short in last year's title game, falling to Cherry Creek. They went 14-1 on the year, their only loss coming to Torrey Pines out of San Diego.
The Bruins enter this year's bracket at No. 5, meaning they'll open the postseason at home.
Kent Denver, Mountain Vista and Columbine round out the top four seeds, meaning they'll host first-round games with quarterfinals for the tournament moving to Legacy Stadium.
Dawson takes the No. 1 seed in the 4A bracket after a 14-1 season. Those same Mustangs beat Thompson Valley, the No. 2 seed, earlier this season, setting up a potential rematch between the two powerhouses in the title game.
Defending champion Valor Christian comes into the tournament as the No. 8 seed.
Battle Mountain (No. 3) and Golden (No. 4) round out the top four seeds in the bracket. Play in 4A will begin on Wednesday with the championship game set for May 18 at Mile High Stadium.