Boys Lacrosse: Regis Jesuit seeks redemption in semifinals against Arapahoe

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Regis Jesuit’s Chase Konkel brings the ball upfield during the Raiders’ 11-6 win over Mullen in a Class 5A boys lacrosse state quarterfinal game on May 10, 2014, at Regis Jesuit High School. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Matt Soran watched from the sidelines as his Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse teammates suffered an embarrassing loss to Arapahoe in last season’s Class 5A state semifinals.

The now-healthy sophomore attackman will be in uniform with a chance to make a difference when the teams meet in a rematch on the same field at All-City Stadium at 7 p.m. May 14.

Soran scored five goals in second-seeded Raiders’ 11-6 victory over Mullen in the 5A quarterfinals on May 10 at Lou Kellogg Stadium and can’t wait to help his team earn some redemption against the defending state champion Warriors, who upset Mountain Vista in overtime. The winner earns a spot in the 5A state championship game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. May 17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“I’m itching to get out there; sitting on the sidelines last season didn’t feel good,” said Soran, who suffered a hip fracture last season that limited him to 11 games last season, but has scored 40 goals to go with 10 assists in 17 games this season.

Both of the semifinals — the other features No. 4 Kent Denver going against No. 1 Cherry Creek, the only team to beat Regis Jesuit this season — are rematches. Coach Jim Soran’s Raiders (16-1) haven’t stopped thinking about their 13-5 loss to the Warriors in a game they were never really competitive in.

Regis Jesuit gained a measure of revenge during the regular season with a 16-8 victory over Arapahoe on April 5, but the defeat is still fresh on their minds.

“We’re so determined; we remember that game and we talk about it every day,” said standout senior defenseman Will Deines.

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

2014 CLASS 5A BOYS LACROSSE STATE SEMIFINALS

May 14 at All-City Stadium

5 p.m.: No. 4 Kent Denver vs. No. 1 Cherry Creek

7 p.m.: No. 6 Arapahoe vs. NO. 2 REGIS JESUIT