Boys Lacrosse: Semifinal halted by weather with Regis Jesuit surging against Arapahoe

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As the rain pours, Regis Jesuit senior Grant Beeden, right, loads for a shot that found the net during the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ Class 5A boys lacrosse state playoff semifinal game against Arapahoe on May 17, 2017, at Legacy Stadium. Breeden’s goal gave the Raiders a 10-5 lead in the game, which as suspended by lightning with 7 minutes, 26 seconds remaining. The game will resume at 10:30 a.m. May 18 at Stutler Bowl. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | Before the lightning arrived, the Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team brought the thunder Wednesday night.

The Raiders ripped off seven consecutive goals to take a 10-5 lead in the fourth quarter of their Class 5A semifinal contest against Arapahoe at Legacy Stadium before the teams were sent to locker room due to lightning in the area.

Twenty minutes later, with rain and lightning intensifying, officials decided to postpone the final 7 minutes, 26 seconds, of the contest. The game will resume at noon Thursday at a different venue, Stutler Bowl.

The eventual winner moves on to play top-seeded Cherry Creek, which beat No. 5 Kent Denver 13-5 in the other semifinal, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Coach Jim Soran’s defending state champion Raiders found themselves down 5-3 with 3:12 remaining in the second quarter before a Jake Taylor goal off a feed from Anders Erickson pulled them within one at halftime.

Senior Quentin Birch netted the tying goal on the run with 5:56 remaining in the third quarter and Erickson broke a 5-5 deadlock when he cut to the net, took a feed from Taylor and beat Arapahoe goalie Ethan Ferrie.

Regis Jesuit kept pouring it on the fourth quarter as the rain began to fall as Taylor ripped the top of the net and then fed Brad Terry for another. Nick Ringhofer, Taylor and Grant Breeden continued the Raiders’ scoring binge to make it a five-goal margin.

The teams played for about 20 seconds after Breeden’s goal before the lightning horn at Legacy Stadium sounded, sending teams and spectators for shelter.

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