LOUISVILLE — From the moment he showed up at Monarch as a freshman, it was obvious that Chad Kreuzer had a chance to be one of the best players the program had seen.
Turns out, even that optimistic prediction was a bit short-sighted.
His senior season in 2016, Kreuzer had 60 goals and 53 assists for a total of 113 points. According to the best-kept record books for Colorado prep lacrosse - Laxrecords.com - that pushed him to the top of the all-time list with 333 career points.
For the second year in a row, Kreuzer is the BoCoPreps.com Player of the Year.
"Since my freshman year, it's been a great learning curve," Kreuzer said. "I've been lucky to have older guys on the team who I could observe and learn from to get better every day. I wish I could have ended the season with a trip to the final four because coach (David) Auday and I had planned that since my freshman year. But what I really appreciated was our team coming together as a family."
A two-time All-American who will play for Furman University next year, Kreuzer was also named Class 5A player of the year for all of Colorado by the state's leagues and coaches and presented by CHSAANow.com, ColoradoPreps.com and MaxPreps.com. He was also named Front Range League MVP for the second consecutive year.
But for Kreuzer, his 2016 goals were primarily for the Coyotes to make a deep playoff run.
"This year we came in and we had to replace a lot of key guys," Kreuzer said. "I think our team stepped it up this year and showed that we can replace four-year starters who have been the face of the program. As the season went on, we gained more confidence. We knew we could make it far if we worked hard in practice and everyone worked to make everyone else a better player."
The Coyotes (14-3) lost their first game of the season against Arapahoe, the team that went on to finish runner-up in Class 5A. After that, they went on to win 14 of their next 15 games before falling 15-9 to Mountain Vista in the quarterfinals of the state tournament.
At the heart of that streak, and most of the Coyote's success over the past two seasons, was Kreuzer.
"It's kind of unheard of," Coyotes 15-year head coach Auday said. "He shattered the Coyote records and that's flat-out huge because we've had incredible players and we like to ride our guys. He came in as a freshman and immediately was an impact player. The really interesting thing when you look at the statistics is that he did it all as a midfielder. He had talent, obviously, as a freshman. But what separates Chad Kreuzer from other great players is his desire and his willingness to constantly work on becoming a better player."
Kreuzer wasn't the only elite player from the BoCoPreps.com area in 2016. He was challenged by All-American Connor Fox from Boulder and Dawson School sophomore Gavyn Pure, who led the state with 128 points and was named 4A all-state player of the year.
"That speaks volumes about our area," Auday said. "The last five years up north here, we've had DI guys who play for elite clubs and are playing at a high level. You've got Connor Fox who is fantastic and can take over a game and Gavyn Pure, who is maybe the best sophomore I've ever seen. Those two guys and Chad playing in our area really speaks to how the sport has exploded up north."