AURORA | The Grandview boys lacrosse team will take the turf at Legacy Stadium with seven other teams for Saturday’s quarterfinal round, but the venue was just for the Wolves Wednesday.
On a frigid evening, sixth-seeded Grandview celebrated earning its first-ever home playoff game with a thorough 16-7 victory over No. 11 Fruita Monument in a Class 5A first round state playoff victory that extended the program’s best-ever season.
Junior Ty Hussey racked up six goals, junior Jack McGahey registered two goals and two assists and eight other players had goals for the Wolves, who picked up their 14th victory, earned their way into the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2016 and set up a rematch with nemesis Cherry Creek in the process.
Grandview and Cherry Creek will play at 1 p.m. Saturday in the third of four game slots. The Bruins (14-2) — who downed No. 14 Colorado Academy 13-8 — topped the Wolves 15-3 when the teams met April 25.
Other winners from Wednesday’s opening round were No. 1 Valor Christian (over No. 16 Fairview), No. 2 Arapahoe (over No. 15 Chaparral), No. 4 Rock Canyon (over No. 13 Rocky Mountain), No. 5 Kent Denver (over No. 12 Lakewood) and No. 10 Highlands Ranch, which pulled the lone upset with a victory over No. 7 Monarch.
Ninth-seeded Regis Jesuit visits No. 8 Grand Junction at 4 p.m. Thursday to finish off the first round.
Updated Class 5A boys lacrosse playoff scoreboard & schedule, here.
Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports
(6) GRANDVIEW 16, (11) FRUITA MONUMENT 7
Score by periods:
Fruita Mon. 1 1 2 3 — 7
Grandview 3 5 4 4 — 16
Grandview goals: Ty Hussey 6, Luke McGahey 2, John Allie, Tommy Cole, Braydan Hiebert, Evan Humphrey, Jack McGahey, Trevor Prins, Kyle Trumble, Noah Wehrman. Grandview assists: Luke McGahey 2, Cole, Trevyn Heil, Hiebert, Humphrey, William McClure, Jack Rogers, Wehrman. Grandview saves: Darius Miller (10 shots on goal-6 saves), Ian Cassidy (6 shots on goal-3 saves), Owen Schildt (2 shots on goal-1 save)