Spring Sports All-City 2016: All-Americans, state champs from Regis Jesuit load All-Aurora Boys Lacrosse Team with elite talent

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Junior Mac Tezak (39) was a key part of a Regis Jesuit defense that absolutely smothered opponents in the 2016 boys lacrosse season, as the Raiders yielded the fewest goals of any team in Class 5A. Tezak is one of a host of players from Regis Jesuit, the 5A state champion for the second time in three seasons, leading the way on the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse Team, which is selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of Aurora coaches. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

The boys lacrosse world in Colorado has become increasingly more competitive of late and so, too, have teams from Aurora.

Regis Jesuit brought the Class 5A state championship trophy back for the second time in three seasons with a team that played at a very high level despite a lot of turnover.

A large group of coach Jim Soran’s Raiders — including a pair of U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans — highlight the 2016 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse Team, which is selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of Aurora coaches.

Grandview, Aurora’s only other 5A state playoff qualifier, and Cherokee Trail also had players in the city’s top group.

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Senior Alec Barnes scored many key goals — including a pair in Regis Jesuit’s Class 5A state championship game victory — and made big plays all season on his way to All-American honors from U.S. Lacrosse. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

Regis Jesuit has had at least one All-American selection for 10 straight seasons, including a high of four in 2015. They had two this year in senior midfielder Alec Barnes and junior defender Joey Soran.

Barnes, a 2016 graduate who has signed to play with the NCAA powerhouse University of Denver, and Soran, a senior-to-be who has committed to Penn State, helped the Raiders make the 5A state title game for the third straight season and win it with an 11-5 victory over Arapahoe on May 20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The presence of a veteran like Barnes was crucial for Regis Jesuit, which graduated virtually its entire offense from the 2015 season. Barnes missed most of his junior year with a major knee injury, but returned and tallied 25 goals and 13 assists to finish with a team-high 38 points and also was outstanding in the face-off circle.

Joey Soran also scored two goals in the state championship game — two particularly demoralizing scores coming from a long pole — and helped the Raiders’ phenomenal defense (which gave up a state-low 50 goals) mostly put the shackles on an explosive Arapahoe offense.

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Junior Joey Soran earned All-American honors for the 2016 boys lacrosse season and helped spearhead a defense that allowed the fewest goals in Class 5A. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

In the semifinals, Soran played a key role in Regis Jesuit’s victory over nemesis Cherry Creek and he spent the majority of the day 1-on-1 against Bruins’ star Asher Nolting — who also earned All-American honors — and held him scoreless for the only time all season.

Joining Barnes in an dominating midfield is senior Joey Chott, who scored a number of huge goals among his 26 tallies for Regis Jesuit, plus Cole Boland, who scored in 15 games in all and finished with 22. Senior Mikey Bealer provided some veteran stability to the team’s largely new attack with a team-best 28 goals, with 11 coming in the playoffs, including a hat trick in the first period of the state final.

Beside Soran on the backline is junior teammate Mac Tezak and senior Tyler Reynolds, two more big, talented defenders for the Raiders who rose to the challenge every time out. The All-Aurora goalie is junior Braden Host, who had huge shoes to fill when he replaced Brett Quartuccio and he did so with incredible effectiveness and play that drew all kinds of superlatives from teammates and coaches alike.

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Salisbury University recruit Josh Melton racked up 33 goals and 26 assists for Grandview during its push to the quarterfinals of the 2016 Class 5A boys lacrosse state playoffs. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Senior Zach Bodeau was a face-off machine for Regis Jesuit and coach Jim Soran commented frequently about senior Ryan Brown’s play as a defensive midfielder all season.

Grandview made it to the quarterfinals for the second time in program history and a number of seniors were driving forces behind the performance that ended with a loss to Cherry Creek.

Senior attackman Josh Melton was a leader with his words and actions, while the Salisbury University signee was a statistical monster as well with 33 goals and 26 assists on his way to first team all-league honors.

Senior defender Keaton Carney spearheaded a strong defense that faced many a tough test, but the All-Centennial League first teamer helped keep the team organized in the back.

Like many football players on the Wolves, senior midfielder Matthew Sciba provided toughness in addition to skill and he made the all-league first team as well.

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Cherokee Trail senior attackman Josh Kelly scored an Aurora-best 45 goals. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Cherokee Trail senior Josh Kelly — who signed with Ohio Wesleyan — led all Aurora goal scorers with 45 on the season, good enough for fifth in 5A.

Kelly — who also tied for the team lead with 21 assists — scored three goals or more nine times for coach Danny Bowman’s Cougars, who racked up nine wins, the most for the program since they won 13 in 2012.

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

2016 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS LACROSSE TEAM

FIRST TEAM — Attack: Mikey Bealer, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Josh Kelly, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Josh Melton, Grandview, sr.; Midfield: Alec Barnes, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Cole Boland, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Joey Chott, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Matthew Sciba, Grandview, sr.; Defense: Keaton Carney, Grandview, sr.; Tyler Reynolds, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Joey Soran, Regis Jesuit, jr. (LSM); Mac Tezak, Regis Jesuit, jr.; FOGO: Zach Bodeau, Regis Jesuit, sr.; DM: Ryan Brown, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Goalie: Braden Host, Regis Jesuit, jr.

SECOND TEAM — Attack: Anders Erickson, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Chase Street, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Ben Warren, Grandview, sr.; Midfield: Cameron Gilmore, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Garrett Goulding, Grandview, sr.; Caleb Parros, Smoky Hill, jr.; Isaac Towner, Eaglecrest, sr.; Defense: Joe Jarman, Regis Jesuit, sr. (LSM); Sam Kelly, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Donnie Simon, Overland, sr.; Quinn Stokes, Grandview, sr.; FOGO: Dalton Frasier, Grandview, sr.; DM: Will Smith, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Goalie: Joe Whitmore, Smoky Hill, jr.

HONORABLE MENTION — Reed Babcock, Regis Jesuit, fr.; Ashton Berryman, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Grant Breeden, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Anthony Byndum, Gateway, jr.; Ryland Clay, Grandview, sr.; Zach Collins, Overland, soph.; Benjamin Davis, Gateway, sr.; Oliver Hart, Eaglecrest, jr.; Sam Kelly, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Dylan Lander, Grandview, sr.; Parker Loyd, Eaglecrest, sr.; Logan McCord, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Levi McIntyre, Rangeview, sr.; Swiv Nyirenda, Cherokee Trail; Jordan Oliver, Eaglecrest, sr.; Joe Richart, Grandview, jr.; Nick Ringhofer, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Michael Sobzcak, Smoky Hill, jr.; Josh Stout, Gateway, sr.; T. Michael Thomas, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Jesse Tizon, Rangeview, jr.; Chris Vice, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Tavian Watson, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Skylar Whinery, Regis Jesuit, sr.