DENVER | The pressure is still on the Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team going into this season’s Class 5A state playoffs in light of its championship victory last season, but it’s lessened a lit bit lately.
An 8-4 loss on April 18 to Cherry Creek, which is currently top-ranked and undefeated, gave the Raiders a chance to reset and refocus for the upcoming postseason with the spotlight shifting primarily to the Bruins.
Playing loose and playoff-ready in a variety of areas of the game, Regis Jesuit raced past rival Kent Denver for a 12-4 road win on April 29 in its season finale. Paced by three goals from Matt Soran and a two-goal, three-assists showing from Chase Konkel, the Raiders (13-2) locked up the South Suburban League championship and likely the No. 2 seed in the 5A postseason.
Though veteran coach Jim Soran emphasized his team had plenty of things to work on — and was especially not pleased with Regis Jesuit’s lack of a killer instinct in the third period — the performance displayed the type of offensive depth and defensive ability that can win in the postseason.
The Raiders took the lead on Truett Davis’ goal — the lone score in a fast-moving first period — and never trailed, building the lead to seven goals (9-2) at the break.
Though Regis Jesuit’s lead increased by a goal in the third period, Jim Soran was disappointed in the lack of finishing that sent the game into the final period at 11-3.
Long stick middie Adam Kratt scored a rare goal on the break to up the advantage to nine and Kent Denver got only two of the goals back before the final horn.
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REGIS JESUIT 12, KENT DENVER 4
Score by periods:
Regis Jesuit 1 8 2 1 — 12
Kent Denver 0 2 1 1 — 4
Regis Jesuit goals: Matt Soran 3, Chase Konkel 2, Simon Quan 2, Cole Boland, Truett Davis, Chet Dunstan, Adam Kratt, Joey Soran. Kent Denver goals: Markus Bosick, Connor Dooley, Chazz Highum, Max Waldbaum. Regis Jesuit assists: Konkel 3, Davis 2, Quentin Birch. Kent Denver assists: Zander Ellis, Joe Rassenfoss. Regis Jesuit saves: Brett Quartuccio (13 shots on goal-9 saves). Kent Denver saves: Nick Johnston (29 shots on goal-17 saves).