Field Hockey: Two-goal burst lifts Denver East past Regis Jesuit into state semifinals

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Regis Jesuit sophomore Lindsey Reich (3) puts her arm around goalie Claire Stemper after the fifth-seeded Raiders' 2-0 loss to fourth-seeded Denver East in a 2014 state field hockey opening round game played on Oct. 20, 2014, at All-City Stadium in Denver. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)
Regis Jesuit sophomore Lindsey Reich (3) puts her arm around goalie Claire Stemper after the fifth-seeded Raiders’ 2-0 loss to fourth-seeded Denver East in a 2014 state field hockey opening round game played on Oct. 20, 2014, at All-City Stadium in Denver. (Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

DENVER | The search for a playoff victory must wait another year for the Regis Jesuit field hockey team.

The fifth-seeded Raiders squared off with an evenly-matched No. 4 Denver East team on Monday evening at All-City Stadium to open the postseason and it ended in defeat as the program’s previous four trips also had.

Neither team managed a goal in the first half, but the Angels scored twice in a four-minute period in the second half and held on for a 2-0 victory over coach Spencer Wagner’s Raiders, who finished the season 7-8-1.

Denver East moves on to a semifinal matchup against undefeated and top-seeded Colorado Academy in the Oct. 23 semifinals. No. 2 Kent Denver defeated No. 7 Cheyenne Mountain 6-1 and No. 3 Palmer Ridge got past No. 6 Cherry Creek 3-1 in the other two first round contests, with the two winners also set to play in the semifinals Oct. 23.

Regis Jesuit — which beat Denver East 1-0 and tied the Angels 0-0 a few days before the playoff meeting — got three saves from junior goalie Claire Stemper in the loss.

The Raiders generated just two shots on goal — one from Kathleen Roe and the other from Meredith Rogan — and still are also looking for their first goal in postseason play as well.

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

DENVER EAST 2, REGIS JESUIT 0

Score by halves:

Regis Jesuit  0  0 — 0

Denver East  0  2 — 2

SCORING

Second half

Denver East — Isabel Burton, 26:55

Denver East — Fiona Sullivan, 22:51