Freshman Loralei Gearity takes a free shot attempt that resulted in a goal during the Cherokee Trail girls lacrosse team’s 20-1 win over Rampart in a Class 4A 1st round state playoff game on May 10, 2022, at Legacy Stadium. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | The Cherokee Trail girls lacrosse team made its first appearance in the postseason since 2012, but looked plenty comfortable on the stage Tuesday.

The 10th-seeded Cougars scored 10 goals in each half of a 20-1 victory over 23rd-seeded Rampart at Legacy Stadium to earn its 10th win of the season and a spot in the second round. Cherokee Trail travels to play at seventh-seeded Aspen (11-4) — which had a first-round bye — at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Coach Blake Macklin’s team dominated possession in the opening minutes of the game and scored four early goals, which put it on pace for its second-highest offensive output of the season.

Sophomore Kyla Bieker and freshman Loralei Gearity led the offensive charge with four goals apiece, while seniors Kaley Bruning and Lana Howell and sophomore Aubrey Benton each had three in the victory.

With Annalise Whitaker and Lexi Roybal taking turns in goal, Cherokee Trail had a chance for a shutout escape when Rampart scored what turned out to be its only goal with just over 13 minutes remaining.

Courtney Oakes is Sentinel Colorado Sports Editor. Reach him at [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. IG: Sentinel Prep Sports

(10) CHEROKEE TRAIL 20, (23) RAMPART 1

Score by halves:

Rampart      0    1 —  1

Cher. Trail  10  10 — 20

Cherokee Trail goals: Kyla Bieker 4, Lorelei Gearity 4, Aubrey Benton 3, Kaley Bruning 3, Lana Howell 3, Sage Sorrells 2, Makenzie Hatch. Cherokee Trail assists: Abigail Vanzant 6, Bieker, Gearity, Howell, Sorrells

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