AURORA | Coming off two emotionally charged games against Kent Denver and Cherry Creek in the final week of the regular season, the Regis Jesuit girls lacrosse team came out a little flat in their state playoff opener Friday.
Facing a ThunderRidge team they beat by 16 goals earlier in the season, the top-seeded Raiders took a few minutes to get into the game, but eventually found their stride in an 18-8 second round playoff victory over the 17th-seeded Grizzlies at Lou Kellogg Stadium.
Senior Erin Sungelo scored five goals and senior Kathryn Blumhardt, freshman Kathleen Roe and senior Erin Schilmoeller tallied three apiece as Regis Jesuit recorded the program’s third all-time postseason victory — two against ThunderRidge — and moved into the state quarterfinals for the second straight season.
Coach Billy Corbett’s Raiders will play host to No. 9 Arapahoe, which got past No. 8 Chatfield at 6 p.m. May 15 at Lou Kellogg Stadium. The teams previously met back on March 22, with Regis Jesuit prevailing in a 17-12 contest.
ThunderRidge (9-9) lost to Heritage in the regular season, but won the rematch in the first round of the playoffs to get a shot at Regis Jesuit.
Kirsten Greenlaw put the Grizzlies on the scoreboard first and they trailed by just a goal midway through the first half until the Raiders got going, only to see the Raiders tally eight of the next nine goals to take control.
Blumhardt scored twice to open the run, which also include two goals each from Roe and Sungelo, plus one from Courtney Gielow that made it 12-4 in the closing minute of the half. Greenlaw scored a bookend goal with 4 seconds left in the half to make it 12-5.
Sungelo scored back-to-back goals with nearly identical shots into the bottom corner of the ThunderRidge net early in the second half to make it an eight-goal margin. The Raiders spent the rest of the game working on possession and getting some action for reserves.
Regis Jesuit got a slight scare in the second half when Schilmoeller, who scored the team’s first three goals of the game, got hit in the face with the ball after taking a shot that bounced off the Grizzlies’ goalie. Schilmoeller walked off under her own power, but didn’t play the last 17 minutes.
Notes: Regis Jesuit’s first girls lacrosse playoff victory came over ThunderRidge, a 14-8 upset for the then-ninth-seeded Raiders over the No. 8 Grizzlies. Last season’s 16-6 second round win over Ralston Valley marked the other postseason win for Regis Jesuit, which then lost to Centaurus in the quarterfinals.
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(1) REGIS JESUIT 18, (17) THUNDERRIDGE 8
Score by halves:
ThunderRidge 5 3 — 8
Regis Jesuit 12 6 — 18
First half: ThunderRidge — Kirsten Greenlaw, 24:07; Regis Jesuit — Erin Schilmoeller, 19:53; Regis Jesuit — Schilmoeller, 17:53; Regis Jesuit — Schilmoeller (Courtney Gielow), 14:46; ThunderRidge — Haley Kroll, 13:34; Regis Jesuit — Kathryn Blumhardt (Gielow), 12:47; Regis Jesuit — Blumhardt, 11:55; Regis Jesuit — Faye Hubregsen (Kellen Foster), 11:22; ThunderRidge — Brianna LeCompte, 10:23; Regis Jesuit — Roe, 10:07; Regis Jesuit — Erin Sungelo, 9:22; Regis Jesuit — Roe, 8:56; Regis Jesuit — Sungelo, 1:41; Regis Jesuit — Gielow (Roe), 1:26; ThunderRidge — Greenlaw (LeCompte), 0:14
Second half: ThunderRidge — Kroll, 20:17; Regis Jesuit — Sungelo, 20:08; Regis Jesuit — Sungelo, 19:29; Regis Jesuit — Roe, 17:28; Regis Jesuit — Leah Ramey (Katie Schilmoeller), 9:22; Regis Jesuit — Blumhardt, 7:17; ThunderRidge — LeCompete, 4:04; Regis Jesuit — Katie Schilmoeller, 0:27; ThunderRidge — Kroll, 0:04