Sophomore Kyla Bieker (20) led Cherokee Trail with 36 goals during the 2022 regular season and also has the second-most assists (19) going into the Cougars’ Class 4A first round playoff matchup with Rampart on May 10, 2022. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Sentinel Colorado)

AURORA | A capsule look at the Class 4A girls lacrosse state playoff first round game between Rampart and Cherokee Trail scheduled for May 10, 2022:

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



May 10, 6 p.m., Legacy Stadium

BREAKDOWN: Rampart and Cherokee Trail both make rare appearances in the postseason, as the Cougars are there for the first time since the 2012 season (which marked its first time qualifying), while the Rams’ last trip to the playoffs came in 2015. …The teams did not meet in the regular season and have not played each other since the 2014 season, when Rampart earned a 16-4 regular season victory over Cherokee Trail after the Cougars won 11-9 the previous season, their fourth straight in the series dating back to 2010.

RAMPART: Coach Allie Popelar’s Rams finished the season on a three-game winning streak and won five of their last six ahead of the postseason after a 2-7 start. They finished third in the 4A South League behind playoff qualifiers Denver South (the No. 11 seed) and Pueblo West (the No. 14 seed) …Rampart averages 7.9 goals per game and relies on three main sources of offense in Kenzie Carpio (34 goals) Ava Uebelhoer (25) and Elizabeth Bancroft (23), all sophomores. On the other end, sophomore goalie Eve McLaughlin has spent the majority of the minutes in the nets and has allowed 10.6 goals per game.

CHEROKEE TRAIL: Coach Blake Macklin’s Cougars have won five straight games to give the program its most wins since 10 back in 2012, which was the last time it finished with a final record above .500. Cherokee Trail — which lost two one-goal games early in the season to No. 8 Northfield and 5A No. 14 Rock Canyonwon the 4A East League championship for the second straight season, topping a group that included one other playoff qualifier in 11th-seeded Heritage. …Cherokee Trail had a prolific offense that averaged nearly 13 goals per game, fueled by seven players that finished with double-digit goals, including six with 21 or more. Sophomore Kyla Bieker racked up 36 goals to lead the team, while senior Lana Howell has scored 30 times. Freshman Abigail Vanzant led the team with 21 assists and Bieker 19 among three in double figures in that category, while senior Kaley Bruning paces the team in groundballs with 58. The Cougars have rotated goalies on the season with seniors Lexi Roybal and Annalise Whitaker playing roughly the same amount of minutes. Roybal has a lower Goals Against Average (8.5 vs. 9.9), while Whitaker has made more saves (44 vs. 35).

WINNER GETS: The Cherokee Trail-Rampart winner advances to the second round, where it will visit seventh-seeded Aspen, which had a first-round bye after an 11-4 season.

BRACKET: The Class 4A state playoff bracket can be found, here

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