AURORA | Katie Schilmoeller spent a frustrating week on the sidelines, as she could only watch her Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse teammates play and practice as she recovered from a concussion.
The junior captain returned to the lineup Wednesday when the Raiders took on Grandview in an all-Aurora first round contest at Lou Kellogg Stadium and she contributed immediately.
Schilmoeller was one of four Regis Jesuit players to record hat tricks as coach Billy Corbett’s team completed a season sweep of the Wolves and moved into the second round of the state playoffs. Next up for the Raiders is a contest against top-seeded Cherry Creek at 8 p.m. Friday at Legacy Stadium.
“It was awful, I hated being on the sidelines,” Schilmoeller said of her absence. “In practices I just had to keep their heads up and all I could do was go through plays with them. …It felt amazing to be out there and I’m excited for Friday when we play Creek.”
The Raiders (8-8) didn’t play the Bruins (13-2) this season, but have split the past two meetings with them. Cherry Creek on a 16-3 decision last season, while Regis Jesuit triumphed 13-10 in 2013.
Corbett doesn’t see any reason why this season’s team — though young in a lot of places — couldn’t pull off the upset this time around.
“It’s David vs. Goliath, but everyone is beatable,” Corbett said. “East beat them (in the regular season finale) and it’s a whole new season now. You get some more girls with good days and you don’t know what happens. The girls aren’t afraid.”
Regis Jesuit was encouraged by its performance against Grandview, especially being at full strength with Schilmoeller’s return to the lineup. She joined Mackenzie Reifsnider and Claire Stemper in the three-goal column for Regis Jesuit, while junior Kathleen Roe led the way with four scores.
The Raiders pushed out to a 5-1 lead early and responded after Emily Abele’s goal brought Grandview within 5-3. They got the lead back to five at halftime and never let it dip below that margin in the second half with some strong play from goalie Kate Hamilton.
Morgan Matthews scored three goals and Taylor Ansel and Madison Marshall added two goals apiece for Grandview (8-7), which to the Raiders by virtually the same score — 18-11 — in the second game of the regular season.
“I was encouraged that we got another chance to play them, but hoping the outcome would be different,” Wolves coach Kevin Mortimer said. “We knew what we did wrong the first time and we did it wrong against the second time, so it’s a bitter pill to swallow.”
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(16) REGIS JESUIT 18, (17) GRANDVIEW 10
Score by halves:
Grandview 5 5 — 10
Regis Jesuit 10 8 — 18
Grandview goals: Morgan Matthews 3, Taylor Ansel 2, Madison Marshall 2, Emily Abele, Megan Matthews, Emma Mortimer. Regis Jesuit goals: Kathleen Roe 4, Mackenzie Reifsnider 3, Katie Schilmoeller 3, Claire Stemper 3, Brooke Dibiase 2, Mathison Davis 2, Mariah Daley. Grandview assist: Madison Marshall.