It was an exciting weekend for lacrosse in the Mile High City. From high school lacrosse to Major League Lacrosse, Colorado residents had the opportunity to watch games at every level of play.
The University of Denver (DU) Pioneers faced top seeded Loyola (Md.) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. DU scored three consecutive goals throughout the fourth quarter in hopes of keeping their chances at a National title alive. Their road to the National Championship was cut short however, as the Pioneers suffered a one-goal defeat. With Saturday’s loss the Pioneers season comes to an end.
Out west in Denver there was an exciting matchup between Arapahoe and Cherry Creek in the battle for the High School Men’s Lacrosse State title. The Arapahoe Warriors defeated Cherry Creek Bruins 8-4 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The first half saw little action as Arapahoe took a mere 2-1 lead. By the end of the third quarter however, Arapahoe’s Bryce Parietti scored to make the tally 5-2. The Warriors held the lead for the remainder of the night clinching their second State Title.
Shortly after, the Denver Outlaws took on the Boston Cannon’s in a fight for an undefeated record and a first place standing in the league. Despite Denver’s home-field advantage the Cannon’s pulled away with a 17-10 win over the Outlaws.
The Outlaws scored first with a goal from Justin Pennington followed by back-to-back goals from Brendan Mundorf. Unfortunately, this was not enough to hold off the reigning Major League champions. Boston Midfielder, Paul Rabil went on to score three goals (1 2pG) and four assists, earning himself Bud Light Player of the Game.
After Saturday’s loss the Outlaws are now tied for second in the league with the Chesapeake Bayhawks, whom they play June 2 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.