They came up short of winning the state championship, but Regis Jesuit had the strongest collection of talent Aurora has ever seen in a prep girls lacrosse team in 2013.
The senior-dominated Raiders truly broke out this season, as they posted the program’s first-ever victories over Kent Denver and Cherry Creek in the regular season, gained the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and made the state semifinals for the first time before losing to nemesis Centaurus.
Nine players from coach Billy Corbett’s Regis Jesuit squad make up the majority of the 2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Lacrosse Team, which is selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches.
Joining the Raiders’ contingent of seniors Kathryn Blumhardt, Erin Sungelo, Erin Schilmoeller, Courtney Gielow, Maddy Krause, Kellen Foster, Madeline Ball and Emma Bohn and freshman Kathleen Roe on the All-City team is Cherokee Trail sophomore Amanda Geary and Grandview junior Alexis Petrarca.
Five Regis Jesuit players agreed to play Division I lacrosse prior to the season in Blumhardt and Schilmoeller (Oregon), Sungelo (Yale), Krause (Colorado) and Gielow (California) and all played to that level during a 15-3 season that saw Corbett earned the nod as Continental League Coach of the Year.
Sungelo received Continental League Player of the Year honors with an Aurora-best 58 goals, a total that ranked her ninth in the state and six more than she had last season. The two-time All-City first teamer added 12 assists for 70 points, third-most in the state.
Roe (46 goals, 15 assists), repeat All-City first teamer Blumhardt (34 goals, 14 assists) and the University of San Diego-bound Foster (19 goals, 21 assists) also cracked double figures in the top two offensive categories, while Schilmoeller — also an All-City first teamer in 2011 — poured in 42 goals and Gielow 36 for a team that piled up 270 goals in 18 games.
Sungelo, Blumhardt and Gielow earned first team All-Continental League honors, as did Krause and goalie Bohn from a defense that allowed the second-fewest goals in the Continental League.
Krause — a three time All-City first team selection, including when she played attack as a sophomore in 2011 — and all-league second teamer Ball provided a strong line of defense and didn’t hesitate to push forward, as they combined to chip in five goals.
Bohn had big shoes to fill in replacing graduated Emi Smith (last season’s league player of the year who moved on to Penn State) in the goal and she did an admirable job with an 8.213 goals against average in the face of a schedule loaded with many elite state teams.
Cherokee Trail fell short of a return to the state playoffs, but remained competitive despite the graduation of high-scoring midfielder Nicole Morris.
Geary — who earned her second straight All-City first team nod — picked up much of the scoring slack. She more than doubled her output from her freshman season, when she scored 21 g0als, by finding the back of the net 49 times for the Cougars, who finished 6-8 overall.
The high-scoring attacker was the lone Aurora player selected first team All-Centennial League, quite an accomplishment for a loaded conference that included state champion Cherry Creek and plus strong teams at Arapahoe and Mullen.
Petrarca received second team All-Centennial League honors for her defensive play with Grandview, which fell out of the playoff chase late in the season.
The Wolves (5-9) allowed the second-fewest goals in the Centennial League, but were just fifth in the league in goals scored.
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2013 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM
Attack: Kellen Foster, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Amanda Geary, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Courtney Gielow, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Midfield: Kathryn Blumhardt, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Kathleen Roe, Regis Jesuit, fr.; Erin Schilmoeller, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Erin Sungelo, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Defense: Madeline Ball, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Maddy Krause, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Alexis Petrarca, Grandview, jr.; Goalie: Emma Bohn, Regis Jesuit, sr.
Attack: Faye Hubregsen, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Skylur Marshall, Smoky Hill, jr.; Molly Mortimer, Grandview, sr.; Midfield: Shea Butler, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Julia Kamlett, Smoky Hill, soph.; Lexi Ortt, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Alex Smith, Grandview, sr.; Defense: Christina Jensen, Cher. Trail, fr.; Ryleigh Mynatt, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Kayla Wayne, Grandview, jr.; Goalie: Kati Read, Cherokee Trail, jr.
Taylor Arnold, Grandview, sr.; Carly Askins, Overland, soph.; Michaela Hinton, Overland, jr.; Cassidy Hoffman, Grandview, fr. (G); Serena Johnson, Grandview, sr.; Ashley Kirsch, Cherokee Trail, fr.; Simone Kull, Smoky Hill, soph. (G); Brianna Roman, Eaglecrest, fr.; Kimberly Scherner, Overland, fr.; Ashley Stevenson, Smoky Hill, fr.; Sarah Ziegler, Eaglecrest, soph.