Aurora’s two boys lacrosse playoff qualifiers — Regis Jesuit and Smoky Hill — earned heavy representation on the 2013 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse Team, which is selected by the Sentinel with balloting of city coaches.
With a mix of well-placed seniors in vital roles and a slew of rising sophomores, Regis Jesuit made a run to the Class 5A semifinals, a customary spot for coach Jim Soran’s team.
Midfielder Blake Knobloch and defender Brian Wegner — who were both part of Colorado’s class of 13 All-Americans — were among the seniors who provided a strong backbone to a mostly young team that advanced to the 5A semifinals before losing to event state champion Arapahoe, which the Raiders (13-6) beat late in the regular season.
Knobloch, who is headed to Jacksonville University, scored a team-high 29 goals, 11 more than he had last season. His signature goal of the season came in the closing seconds of Regis Jesuit’s 5A quarterfinal contest against Mullen when he held onto the ball after crashing through three defenders and netted the tie-breaking goal with three seconds left in a 7-6 victory.
Wegner, who will join the rising program at the University of Denver, confidently helmed a strong defensive unit and averaged 3.1 groundballs per contest and made his second straight All-City first team. Wegner — who played in the elite Warrior 40 game over the summer at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park — helped ease the transition for a defense that lost another All-American in current University of Virginia standout Tanner Scales.
Junior Aaron Horvat performed steadily all season and stood out as a key piece in the midfield with a team-best 19 assists to go with 15 goals, earning first team All-South Suburban League honors. Among a slew of sophomores, attackman Matt Soran scored 21 goals in the first 11 games of the season before he suffered a hip fracture that put him on the sideline for the Raiders’ postseason run. The all-league first teamer also was selected for the Froelicher-Toll All-State Game, along with Knobloch and Wegner, but hadn’t been medically cleared to play yet.
Sophomore Brett Quartuccio spent most of the season in the goal for Regis Jesuit and racked up a slew of double-digit save games, including several against many of the state’s elite teams.
Smoky Hill’s strong season — which saw Preston Davis receive 5A Coach of the Year honors — was fueled by a core of seniors hungry to build off a 2012 playoff experience in attackman/midfielder Blake Spencer, midfielder Austin Rebik and defender Austin Rutledge, along with an outstanding junior in Blake Foerster.
All four players were selected for the Froelicher-Toll All-State Game for the Buffaloes, who lost to a veteran Mullen in the first round of the 5A playoffs.
Foerster led Colorado — both 5A and 4A — with his 61 goals as he scored four or more in a game eight times, including an eight-goal outburst against Fairview. Drawing a lot of defensive attention, he also set up plenty of goals, as he dished out 27 assists. On the receiving end of many of Foerster’s passes was Spencer, who had 13 multi-goal games and finished with a total of 49 to rank sixth in 5A, while he recorded 16 assists of his own.
Both offensive players made first team All-Centennial League, as did Rutledge, a physical presence in the back who piled up 55 groundballs on his way to a second straight All-City first team. He is headed to Colorado State.
Rebik — a second team All-Centennial League selection — was Smoky Hill’s most reliable face-off man and also finished second on the team with 50 groundballs in addition to 13 goals and 11 assists. He had an outstanding senior season, as he also started for the Smoky Hill boys soccer team that made it to the 5A state championship game in the fall.
Eaglecrest junior defender Jibreel Frawan and Rangeview senior midfielder Brandon Read keyed their respective teams and round out the All-City unit.
Frawan received second team All-Centennial League honors for a Raptors team that improved significantly with a 7-7 record in 2013, up from a 3-11 mark the previous season. Eaglecrest allowed 60 fewer goals than in 2012 and Frawan had a great deal to do with it, especially with his team-best 3.8 groundballs per game.
Read — a multi-sport athlete – did just about everything for Rangeview in 2013, earning his way onto the All-South Suburban second team. He scored a team-high 23 goals (plus seven assists), picked up an Aurora-best 67 groundballs and excelled in faceoffs.
Reach Sports Editor Courtney Oakes at [email protected] or 303-750-7555
2013 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS LACROSSE TEAM
Attack: Blake Foerster, Smoky Hill, jr.; Matt Soran, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Blake Spencer, Smoky Hill, sr.; Midfield: Aaron Horvat, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Blake Knobloch, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Austin Rebik, Smoky Hill, sr. (F.O.); Brandon Read, Rangeview, sr.; Defense: Jibreel Frawan, Eaglecrest, jr.; Austin Rutledge, Smoky Hill, sr.; Brian Wegner, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Goalie: Brett Quartuccio, Regis Jesuit, soph.
Attack: Ben Bechter, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Truett Davis, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Ryan Dodd, Overland, sr.; Kolby Spring, Gateway, jr.; Midfield: Alec Barnes, Regis Jesuit, fr. (F.O.); Chase Konkel, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Parker Miller, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Quinn Moore, Grandview, jr.; Defense: Logan Allen, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Connor Farnham, Smoky Hill, sr.; Justin Finley, Regis Jesuit, sr.;Goalie: Jordan Ruhl, Smoky Hill, jr.
Richard Au, Overland, jr. (G); Kelechi Chukwuka, Overland, sr.; Jake Conley, Rangeview, soph.; Christian Davis, Gateway, jr.; Johnathan Docherty, Eaglecrest, sr.; Chet Dunstan, Regis Jesuit, soph.; ; Kyler Grunewald, Gateway, jr.; Ben Handy, Rangeview, sr. (G); Jessie Hitner, Rangeview, jr.; Henry Hood, Grandview, sr.; Matt Jung, Eaglecrest, jr.; Nick La, Rangeview, jr. (LSM); Josh Melton, Grandview, fr.; Robert Orban, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Austin Orr, Rangeview, sr.; Ryan Paglione, Grandview, sr.; D’Angelo Rivas, Overland, fr.; Ray Zhu, Rangeview, jr.