Spring All-City 2014: State champion Regis Jesuit lends deep talent to All-City boys lax team

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2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse
Members of the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse team pose June 17 at Regis Jesuit High School. From left, Cherokee Trail’s Jordan Calhoun, Regis Jesuit’s Matt Soran, Chet Dunstan and Will Deines. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

None of the players on the Regis Jesuit boys lacrosse team wanted the magical 2014 season to come to an end.

Ultimately, the campaign had to come to a close, but the Raiders at least ended it with the Class 5A state championship trophy they’d been singularly focused on.

Several members of the Regis Jesuit team that lost just one game and handled Cherry Creek 14-7 in the 5A state title game on May 17 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High make up the 2014 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Lacrosse Team, as selected by the Sentinel in conjunction with voting by city coaches.

Coach Jim Soran’s Regis Jesuit dominated in just about every phase of the game during its 18-1 season, especially on offense, where it was the most prolific attack in 5A with 243 goals scored (12.8 per game).

Overland sophomore attackman D'Angelo Rivas scored more total points than any player in Aurora in the 2014 season with 81 (40 goals, 41 assists). (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)
Overland sophomore attackman D’Angelo Rivas scored more total points than any player in Aurora in the 2014 season with 81 (40 goals, 41 assists). (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

Junior midfielder Chet Dunstan led the South Suburban League with 53 goals and junior attackman Matt Soran added 45, while junior attackman Ben Bechter (39 goals) and senior midfielder Aaron Horvat (22 goals, league-leading 43 assists) also packed offensive punch. Junior midfielder Chase Konkel’s size and ability to create shots helped him net 19 goals to boot.

Like many of his teammates, Dunstan felt Regis Jesuit’s lone loss of the season — a 10-5 defeat to Cherry Creek late in the regular season — primed the team for its run through the playoffs.

“Right off the bat, they scored a couple of goals and we were down. We thought we would come back, but they kept scoring and scoring and we didn’t know what to do,” Dunstan said. “I’m glad we actually lost that game, because it made us realize we had to play harder to go to state and win.”

Dunstan, who was verbally committed to the Air Force Academy, racked up 15 goals in the Raiders’ four playoff games.

Matt Soran didn’t get to finish last season due to injury, but thankfully came through his junior year unscathed. The attackman’s two highest-scoring games came in the postseason when he tallied five goals in the quarterfinals against Mullen and in the championship game against Cherry Creek.

“We trusted that we knew were everybody on the field was going to be; we all trusted each other and were brothers,” Soran said. “I never wanted the season to end…we know we’re going to have a big target on us next season, so I’m looking forward to maintaining that and keeping it going.”

Soran is playing around the country this summer and looking at possible schools to play at on the East Coast.

Mercer-bound senior Will Deines  picked up the strong tradition of outstanding Regis Jesuit defenders and helped coordinate a physical unit that stood strong  in front of athletic junior goaltender Brett  Quartuccio. The group helped Regis Jesuit allow a 5A-low 5.158 goals per game.

Deines — the latest of the Raiders’ tone-setting senior defensemen — enjoyed every minute of his time watching the team grow.

“It was easy to lead this team and they all just full developed themselves,” Deines said. “You could see a big jump from last year in maturity and overall I couldn’t see us not winning state…I wish I had another year at Regis honestly to win another one; it’s just addicting.”

Sophomore Alec Barnes’ work on faceoffs was vital in giving Regis Jesuit possession to continue its momentum or to end that of opponents and also recorded a number of key goals on the break as well.

Bechter, Deines, Dunstan, Konkel and Quartuccio were selected for the annual Froelicher-Toll All-State Game.

Cherokee Trail had a defensive stalwart in the back in senior Jordan Calhoun, who signed with Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Calhoun, a first team All-Centennial League selection, and all-league second teamer Mason Bode as a long stick midfielder played a big role as the Cougars (8-7) allowed the third-fewest goals among conference teams. Bode averaged 8.1 groundballs per game, best among long stick middies in Aurora.

Calhoun felt playing in the Centennial League against outstanding teams like Cherry Creek and Arapahoe helped make him a better player.

“That’s the best part of our league, going against some of the best teams around; Creek is always challenging for state, so it’s good to get that look,” Calhoun said. “They had a ton of strong attackmen and they were very fast. It’s a great look and they do challenge you and make you work hard as a defense.”

Grandview downed Cherokee Trail to win the inaugural Predators Cup and managed to finish third in the Centennial League with a 4-3 mark. Senior midfielder Jackson Crawford and senior defender Alex Trujillo each played at a first-team all-conference level.

Overland sophomore D’Angelo Rivas played his way onto the All-Centennial League first team with a huge season. The attackman finished second in total points in the Centennial League with 81, including 41 goals and league-best 40 assists.

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

2014 AURORA SENTINEL ALL-CITY BOYS LACROSSE TEAM

FIRST TEAM — Attack: Ben Bechter, Regis Jesuit, jr.; D’Angelo Rivas, Overland, soph.; Matt Soran, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Midfield: Jackson Crawford, Grandview, sr.; Chet Dunstan, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Aaron Horvat, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Chase Konkel, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Defense: Jordan Calhoun, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Will Deines, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Alex Trujillo, Grandview, sr.; Face off: Alec Barnes, Regis Jesuit, soph; LSM: Mason Bode, Cherokee Trail, sr.; Goalie: Brett Quartuccio, Regis Jesuit, jr.

SECOND TEAM — Attack: Blake Foerster, Smoky Hill, sr.; Quinn Moore, Grandview, sr.; Cooper Snowbarger, Cherokee Trail, soph.; Midfield: Ugo Chukwuka, Overland, sr.; Trey Thurmond, Eaglecrest, sr.; Defense: Austin Peper, Smoky Hill, jr.; Conor Shea, Regis Jesuit, jr.; Face off: Keegan Martin, Grandview, sr.; LSM: Liam McHugh, Regis Jesuit, sr.; Goalie: Jordan Ruhl, Smoky Hill, sr.

HONORABLE MENTION

Chi Chukwuka, Overland, jr. (attack); Christian Davis, Gateway, sr. (midfield); Chandler Ebertowski, Eaglecrest, jr.; Will Goos, Gateway, sr. (midfield); Bryce Grunewald, Gateway, soph. (goalie); Kyler Grunewald, Gateway (attack), sr.; Cody Lippert, Regis Jesuit, sr. (LSM); Parker Loyd, Eaglecrest, soph. (attack); Josh Melton, Grandview, soph. (attack); Isaac Towner, Eaglecrest, soph. (attack)