No. 7 Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse beats No. 4 Kent Denver in a close contest


Regis Jesuit won a tight battle of top-10 Class 5A boys lacrosse teams on Wednesday, taking down Kent Denver.

The seventh-ranked Raiders won their seventh-straight game with a 10-9 victory against the No. 4 Sun Devils.

Jack Ringhofer scored three goals and had two assists for Regis Jesuit, and Jake Taylor also had three goals, including the game-winner with less than a minute to play in regulation. Joe Kassal scored twice, Reed Babock had three assists, and Max Rizzi and Matt Van Dusen also scored for the Raiders.

Regis Jesuit led 2-1 after the first quarter, but Kent Denver rallied to go up 4-3 late in the second quarter. Then, with less than 30 seconds to play in the half, the Raiders' Ringhoffer scored his second goal of the game, on a man-up advantage, to knot it up at 4-4.

The two teams traded goals the entirety of the third quarter. It was 5-4 Regis, 5-5, 6-5 Regis, 6-6, 7-6 Kent, and finally 7-7 heading to the fourth.

Kent Denver broke open a 9-7 lead to begin the fourth, and then Ringhoffer scored his third, unassisted, with 6:30 to go in the game. That made it 9-8, and then Kassal tied things at 9 with 5:41 to play. It was his second goal of the game.

The Raiders went on a one-minute man advantage with 1:34 remaining, and scored just as that penalty expired: Taylor put it home off an assist from Babcock with 33 seconds to play.

Regis Jesuit moves to 10-4 this season. They play their final regular season contest against No. 1 Arapahoe on Friday.

With the loss, Kent Denver is now 11-3 this season. The Sun Devils also finish their regular season on Friday, against No. 2 Cherry Creek.