Boys Lacrosse: Grandview keeps Predators Cup away from rival Cherokee Trail for second season

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Grandview junior Cooper Snowbarger plants a kiss on the Predators Cup traveling trophy after the Wolves' 14-6 Centennial League boys lacrosse win over rival Cherokee Trail High School on April 22, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. Snowbarger scored four goals and had an assist against his former team and junior Josh Melton scored six times for Grandview, which has won the trophy in both of its years of existence in the rivalry thus far. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Grandview junior Cooper Snowbarger plants a kiss on the Predators Cup traveling trophy after the Wolves’ 14-6 Centennial League boys lacrosse win over rival Cherokee Trail High School on April 22, 2015, at Legacy Stadium. Snowbarger scored four goals and had an assist against his former team and junior Josh Melton scored six times for Grandview, which has won the trophy in both of its years of existence in the rivalry thus far. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Cooper Snowbarger’s been on both sides of the results in the two-year history of the Predators Cup, and the Grandview junior attackman most definitely preferred the one he was on Wednesday night.

Snowbarger racked up four goals and had an assist against his former teammates from Cherokee Trail, while junior Josh Melton registered six goals and the Wolves claimed the traveling trophy for the second straight season with a 14-6 victory over the Cougars at soggy Legacy Stadium.

Coach Patrick Chapla’s Grandview team scored the first five goals of the game — including a pass from Melton that missed its intended target and ended up in the goal — and never looked back on its way to its 10th victory of the season.

“It feels a lot better on this side for sure,” said Snowbarger, who scored two goals for Cherokee Trail in last season’s 13-10 loss to Grandview.

“It was a really good game for us from the start.”

Junior Ben Warren and sophomore Adam Trujillo added two goals apiece for the Wolves, who moved to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the Centennial League, good enough for second place.

Deryk Delahanty scored three times to pace coach Danny Bowman’s Cherokee Trail team, which was never able to get closer than three goals after falling into the early hole. The Cougars now sit 4-6 overall and 1-4 in league play.

Grandview came out with a lot of energy from the start and Melton put them on the board with his first goal just 22 seconds into the contest. His second goal seemed a portent of things to come, as he attempted to make a pass, but missed his intended target and the ball took a hop into the goal.

“I guess the shots were just going my way, I’m not going to complain,” Melton said with a smile. “I think we really prepared for this game, not only because they are rivals, but they are always a good team and good competition.

“I think we just came out fired up and knew what we had to do and executed really well.”

Snowbarger scored twice, sandwiched around a goal from Trujillo, as Grandview built a 5-0 edge with 4:18 remaining in the opening period.

Delahanty gave the Cougars a spark with back-to-back goals in the final 2:27 of the first quarter, but Cherokee Trail didn’t score at all in the second period as Grandview built a 9-2 advantage. Snowbarger capped the half with a goal with just 4.3 seconds remaining.

Though he found the back of the net four times in the opening half, Snowbarger said his familiarity with Cherokee Trail’s players and systems didn’t give him much of an advantage.

“Honestly, they changed a lot of things up this time,” Snowbarger said. “I know they gameplanned a lot of for this. There were a lot of different things and different switches, so there really wasn’t much I could bring from last year to this year. We still figured it out.”

The Wolves built their lead as large as 13-4 in the second half.

With team chemistry and depth at seemingly an all-time high — plus the confidence and enthusiasm Chapla has pumped into the program — Grandview is looking forward to the closing stretch of the regular season.

The Wolves play their finale at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stutler Bowl against current No. 1 and undefeated Cherry Creek.

“We’re just trying to end our season with another couple of wins,” Melton said. “Smoky Hill (the Wolves’ April 27 opponent) is a really good team and obviously Creek. We really want to come out and prove a point and beat those guys.”

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. FB: Aurora Prep Sentinel

GRANDVIEW 14, CHEROKEE TRAIL 6

Score by quarter:

Cher. Trail   2  0  2  2 —  6

Grandview  5  4  2  3 — 14

SCORING

First quarter: Grandview — Josh Melton, 11:38; Grandview — Melton, 7:49; Grandview — Cooper Snowbarger, 7:03; Grandview — Adam Trujillo, 6:19; Grandview — Snowbarger (Melton), 4:18; Cherokee Trail — Deryk Delahanty (Josh Kelly), 2:27; Cherokee Trail — Delahanty, 1:04

Second quarter: Grandview — Melton (Ben Warren), 7:38; Grandview — Warren (Snowbarger), 2:24; Grandview — Snowbarger (Melton), 1:47; Grandview — Snowbarger (Ryland Clay), 4.3

Third quarter: Cherokee Trail — Kelly, 7:15; Grandview — Trujillo (Garrett Goulding), 6:25; Cherokee Trail — Delahanty, 2:11; Grandview — Melton, 43.5

Fourth quarter: Grandview — Warren (Colby Moore), 8:58; Grandview — Melton (Spencer Ederhoff), 7:09; Cherokee Trail — Chase Street, 6:52; Cherokee Trail — Cameron Gilmore (Evan Lavertu), 5:52; Grandview — Melton, 1:41