Kent Denver and Cherry Creek to play for Men's 5A Lacrosse Championship
AURORA – The scene is ready.
Kent Denver and Cherry Creek had two completely different stories of their men's 5A class lacrosse semifinals at Legacy Stadium on Wednesday night.
But both had the same result, winning to qualify for Monday's championship game where they will battle for the title.
The first game of the evening was a thriller that lasted until the last minutes. No. 1 seed Valor Christian exchanged attacks on Kent Denver (5 seeds), who held on for the 12-11 win.
The Sun Devils scored four unanswered goals in the second quarter to lead 7-4 at halftime. The Eagles, however, returned with four straight games to start the second half.
Kent Denver scored the tying goal. In less than a minute, Max Hewitt sent the assist to allow Max Hewitt to score.
"It was great, it was a great pass from my teammate, and I attribute it to him," said Wells. "It was an incredible feeling, I'm going to remember it for the rest of my life."
The loss was the first of the season for Valor (17-1), who spent the majority of the spring at the top of the 5A lacrosse standings without being beaten.
Kent Denver is aiming for his sixth state title in the history of the program, but the first since 2008.
CERISE CREEK 14, HIGHLANDS RANCH 3
The second semi-final match was very different from the first.
Cherry Creek (3 seeds) wasted no time getting to work against the Highlands Ranch (10 seeds), which had just been hugely upset by Arapahoe (2 seeds).
The Bruins had six goals in the first quarter and a total of five for an 11-0 lead over the Falcons at halftime. Henry Olson scored five of those goals in the first period.
Highliands Ranch could not recover from its deficit.
Cherry Creek and Kent Denver will play the championship game at the All-City Stadium at 7:30 pm. Monday evening.
The Bruins are the only program to have more titles than the five (with six) Sun Devils and were won in 2017.
Kent Denver has a 2-1 advantage over Cherry Creek in the title matches.
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