AURORA | A capsule look at the Class 4A boys lacrosse state playoff first round game between Rangeview and Aspen scheduled for May 10, 2022:
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2022 CLASS 4A BOYS LACROSSE FIRST ROUND CAPSULE
NO. 22 RANGEVIEW (10-5) AT NO. 7 ASPEN (8-6)
May 10, 5:45 p.m., Aspen High School
BREAKDOWN: Aspen and Rangeview may be playing each other for the first time and it comes in the postseason, where Skiers have not appeared since 2019 (a first round loss to Evergreen), while the Raiders have not qualified for the playoffs since it became the only team in the Aurora Public Schools district that pulls players from several schools.
RANGEVIEW: Coach Eric Dinkel’s team shouldn’t mind going on the road, as the Raiders collected more than half of their wins away from home, where they were 6-1. Rangeview finished the season on a three-game losing streak (all to playoff qualifiers in No. 12 Northfield, No. 21 Holy Family and No. 24 Resurrection Christian) that came on the heels of a seven-game winning streak. It finished third in the 4A Metro League standings. …Rangeview had the Metro League’s most productive offense, as it averaged 13 goal per game and tallied 20 or more on three occasions. Junior attackman J’Vion Bunch has racked 98 points on the season, which includes a total of 66 goals that ranks No. 1 in the state regardless of classification going into the playoffs, while he ranks second in points and 10th in assists. Freshman Connor White and senior Colin Amann come next with 24 and 22 goals, respectively, while Amann also has dished out 18 assists. Senior long stick middie DeMario Williams has been credited with 189 groundballs on the season (12.6 per game). On the other end of the field, the Raiders allowed just over seven goals per game and had three goalies spend time in the net, though the majority went to sophomore DaVaughn Vorrice, who has 116 saves to his credit.
ASPEN: Coach Tom Cox’s Skiers have rebounded from a two-win season in 2021 to pick up eight, which included a victory over Summit in the regular season finale that snapped a three-game win streak. Aspen — which has played five games that have one at least one overtime period this season, going 3-2 in those games — finished third in the 4A Western League, which saw five of its six teams make the playoffs. …Aspen averaged just over nine goals per game and reached double digits in six of its 14 games. Senior attackman Brady Haisfield is the team’s leader in goals scored (36) and assists (20), while freshman attackman Tucker Devlin is the Skiers’ other player who has registered in double digits in both categories as well (24 goals, 13 assists) and junior midfielder Judd Gurtman has tallied 26 goals. On the defensive end, Aspen has yielded an average of 7.5 goals per game and allowed opponents to reach double figures only four times. Senior Tyger Campisi has spent the majority of the time in goal and has a 6.8 Goals Against Average.
WINNER GETS: The Rangeview-Aspen winner advances to the second round, where it will visit sixth-seeded Vail Mountain, which had a first-round bye after an 12-3 season. The Skiers have played Vail Mountain twice and each team won a game, while the Raiders have not played the Gore Rangers.
BRACKET: The Class 4A state playoff bracket can be found, here