Spring Sports All-Aurora 2017: Six city programs repped among best on All-Aurora Girls Lacrosse Team

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Smoky Hill senior midfielder Kodi Paules (2) piled up an Aurora-best 49 goals during the 2017 season and highlights the Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Girls Lacrosse Team. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Although it was a somewhat quiet postseason for Aurora’s girls lacrosse team, the 2017 season saw continued growth in talent across the city’s seven programs.

The 2017 Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Girls Lacrosse team is selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with balloting of city coaches, reflects that development with six teams landing at least one selection.

Regis Jesuit gained Aurora’s lone berth in the state playoffs and won its first postseason contest against Battle Mountain before it was stopped by Denver East.

Coach Billy Corbett’s team played the final weeks without injured midfield standout Mackenzie Reifsnider, but sophomore Sidney Weigand turned up her game to keep the Raiders going.

A multi-sport standout who played on Regis Jesuit’s 5A state semifinalist girls basketball team in the winter, Weigand racked up 39 goals (including five in a one-goal win over Grandview) and 14 assists, paced the team in groundballs (7.8 per game) and draws won (116 on 212 attempts). She was one of only two Raiders to earn All-Continental League first team honors.

Regis Jesuit sophomore Sidney Weigand, right, did a lot of everything in the 2017 season for the Raiders to earn a spot on the Aurora Sentinel All-Aurora Girls Lacrosse Team. (Photo by Courtney Oakes/Aurora Sentinel)

Junior Maya Fair and sophomore Maddie Ferguson split time between the attack and midfield for Regis Jesuit and they handled both well. The duo managed the same amount of goals — 23, to tie for second on the team behind Weigand — while Ferguson recorded 11 assists, one more than Fair.

The second All-Continental League first teamer for Regis Jesuit resided on the backline in senior defender Katie Whittelsey, who keyed a unit that allowed the fewest average goals per game (9.47) of any Aurora program.

Grandview made a run at the playoffs that came up just short, though coach Kevin Mortimer’s team did not lack for talent.

Junior Megan Matthews continued to get better in her third varsity season, as she accumulated more goals than the previous season yet again. Scoring 35 goals — up from 22 last season and 19 as a freshman — combined with an Aurora-best 18 assists gave Matthews 53 points for the season, second among the city’s Centennial League players.

On attack, junior Sydney Pfefer also improved her performance from the previous year with a career-high 30 goals for the Wolves, which landed her first team All-Centennial League accolades.

On defense, junior Melissa Rinaldo played at a first team all-league level for Grandview.

Smoky Hill needed a lot from senior Kodi Paules to succeed and she gave coach Kaitlynn Wetmore’s team plenty, especially in the goal scoring column.

The first team All-Centennial League selection poured in 49 goals for the season, 10 more than her previous career high and best in Aurora by seven. She had back-to-back seven-goal games in the Buffaloes last two contests.

Overland landed a pair of All-Aurora spots from sophomore midfielder Yazmiene Birch and senior goalie Nikki Garcia, who both made the All-Centennial League first team as well.

Birch was the only other Aurora player besides Paules to score 40 or more goals on the season as she finished with 42, a total all the more impressive considering coach Paula Priest’s Trailblazers scored just 60 goals total in 13 games. Birch, the focal point of all opposing defenses, also led the team in groundballs and draws.

Garcia stood up in the face of an onslaught of shots in the net for Overland and stood tall often, as she led Aurora netminders in save percentage at .491. Her 117 saves ranked second among city goalies, but she made just one fewer than leader Kate McDonald of Regis Jesuit, who played four more games.

With a new coaching staff in place, Cherokee Trail earned five wins, two more than a year ago.

The Cougars leaned on experience and had it in a couple of key spots, mainly on defense in senior Ally Young.

Young didn’t get on the stat sheet offensively, but she played an important role in the back end and led the team in groundballs.

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

2017 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-AURORA GIRLS LACROSSE TEAM

FIRST TEAM: AttackMaya Fair, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Maddie Ferguson, Regis Jesuit, soph.; Sydney Pfefer, Grandview, jr.; MidfieldYazmiene Birch, Overland, soph.; Megan Matthews, Grandview, jr.; Kodi Paules, Smoky Hill, sr.; Sidney Weigand, Regis Jesuit, soph.; DefenseMelissa Rinaldo, Grandview, jr.; Katie Whittelsey, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Ally Young, Cherokee Trail, sr.; GoalieNikki Garcia, Overland, sr.

SECOND TEAM: AttackDani Armitage, Grandview, soph.; Caitlin Baron, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Sydney Swift, Eaglecrest, jr.; Midfield: Natalie McGinnis, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Mackenzie Reifsnider, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Myan Schulze, Eaglecrest, jr.; Kylie Thompson, Grandview, jr.; Defense: Bella Ames, Regis Jesuit, fr.; Alex Condon, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Calah Sewell, Eaglecrest, jr.; Goalie: Kate McDonald, Regis Jesuit, sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Grace Aschenberg, Rangeview, sr.; Samia Craft, Grandview, jr.; Mariah Daley, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Kyra Harmston, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Madyson Ivey, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Avery Joslin, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Larkin McDermott, Cherokee Trail, jr.; Holly Miller, Smoky Hill, sr. Aubrie Nuccio, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Esperanza Serrano, Smoky Hill, soph.