DENVER | The Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team’s bid to play for the Class 5A state championship for the first time since 2018 came to an end with a 13-7 loss to Valor Christian Saturday evening.
The third-seeded Raiders aimed to avenge a defeat to the second-seeded Eagles from the regular season, but fell into an early hole and couldn’t climb all the way out of it in a semifinal contest played at Peter Barton Stadium on the campus of the University of Denver.
Coach Jim Soran’s Regis Jesuit team finished the season 15-3 and two of those losses came to Valor Christian, which moved into Monday night’s 5A state championship game against No. 5 Mountain Vista, which pulled off a 12-11 overtime upset of top-seeded Cherry Creek in the other semifinal.
Senior Mattie Cain tallied three goals, junior Jamie Rosenzweig scored a pair of goals and senior Fletcher Sullivan had a goal and two assists for the Raiders.
Regis Jesuit — which came off a bye in the opening round to defeat Cherokee Trail and Kent Denver — trailed just 2-0 going into the final minute of the first quarter, but ceded two goals in the final eight seconds of the period as the deficit doubled.
It was an 8-0 hole when Cain scored the Raiders’ first goal with 5:26 left in the opening half. Regis Jesuit’s deficit reached double digits in the second half before it scored several late goals.
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2023 CLASS 5A BOYS LACROSSE STATE SEMIFINALS
May 20 at Peter Barton Stadium (Univ. of Denver)
(2) VALOR CHRISTIAN 13, (3) REGIS JESUIT 7
Score by quarters:
Regis Jesuit 0 2 2 3 — 7
Valor Christian 4 7 1 1 — 13
Regis Jesuit goals: Mattie Cain 3, Jamie Rosenzweig 2, Ethan Beucking, Fletcher Sullivan. Valor Christian goals: Blake Benton 3, Liam Goodwin 3, Baden Brown 2, Blake Ham, James Hamilton, Blake Kirschke, Rush LaSelle, Harry Luong. Regis Jesuit assists: Fletcher 2. Valor Christian assists: Brown 3, Troy Altman