AURORA | A capsule look at the 2019 state field hockey semifinal between No. 3 Cherry Creek and No. 2 Regis Jesuit scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Nov. 4 at All-City Stadium:
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2019 STATE FIELD HOCKEY SEMIFINAL PREVIEW CAPSULE
NO. 3 CHERRY CREEK (12-3-1) VS. NO. 2 REGIS JESUIT (13-1-2)
7:15 p.m., Nov. 4 at All-City Stadium
BREAKDOWN: Second-seeded Regis Jesuit and third-seeded Cherry Creek meet in the postseason again after squaring off in last season’s state championship game won by Regis Jesuit 2-1 in overtime. The two programs run into each other in the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five seasons, which also includes the Bruins’ semifinal win over the Raiders in 2015 and Regis Jesuit’s quarterfinal win over Cherry Creek in 2017. …Regis Jesuit posted a 2-0 victory over Cherry Creek in the regular season Sept. 18 at Lou Kellogg Stadium. …The semifinal was originally scheduled for Oct. 29, then moved to Oct. 31 and rescheduled again due to weather. …Top-seeded Colorado Academy and No. 4 Kent Denver meet in the preceding semifinal at 5:30 p.m. …The state championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 5.
CHERRY CREEK: The Bruins appear in the semifinals for the fifth time in the past eight years, with three trips to the championship game in those appearances (0-3). …Coach Clare Detrick-Yee’s team owns a 12-3-1 record on the season that includes a 3-2 quarterfinal win over Palmer Ridge Oct. 24 in which Cherry Creek scored three goals against a team that had yielded only six total goals in its previous 15 games. Senior forward Amelia McCarthy has been the Bruins’ top source of offense with 12 goals scored and a team-best five assists, while junior forward/midfielder Samantha Shoflick has six goals and junior defender Ella Pratt has five to go with four assists. Defensively, Cherry Creek has eight shutouts in 16 games, but hasn’t held a team scoreless since Oct. 10 against Fossil Ridge and has allowed six goals in its last four games.
REGIS JESUIT: The Raiders earned their way into the state semifinals for the third straight season and look to make the state championship game for the second year in a row. Overall, Regis Jesuit has qualified for the playoffs for nine straight seasons. …Coach Spencer Wagner’s team is 13-1-2 (with its lone loss to undefeated and top-seeded Colorado Academy), which includes a 4-0 win over No. 7 Arapahoe in the quarterfinals Oct. 23. Senior Lauren Pendergast — who scored both goals in Regis Jesuit’s championship game victory the previous season — tallied two first-half goals to stake the Raiders to the lead and seniors Caitrin Lombardo and Zoey Dale added insurance goals in the second half (Dale’s coming on a penalty stroke). …For the season, Lombardo owns a one-goal edge over Pendergast for the team lead as they have scored 12 and 11 goals, respectively, while junior forward Cate Lord has eight goals (plus a team-best 11 assists) and sophomore forward Katie Loftus has seven goals. Nine Regis Jesuit players have multiple assists, with Pendergast tallying seven behind Lord’s 11. In the goal, senior Shay Zilvitis owns nine shutouts the Raiders have allowed just nine goals in 16 games, tied for the fewest in the state with Colorado Academy and recently-eliminated Palmer Ridge.