The way the Dawson School boys lacrosse team finished out the regular season, it appears the Mustangs have been ready for the postseason for some time now.
Last Tuesday, the Mustangs clinched their third straight conference championship with a 12-7 win over Thompson Valley. The Mustangs then capped the campaign with a pair of lopsided victories, 17-8 over Fairview and 20-7 over Cheyenne Mountain, to wrap up the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A state playoffs.
When the Colorado High School Activities Association released the state tournament brackets on Monday, the Mustangs (14-1) found out they will kick off this year's playoffs at home on Wednesday when they host No. 16 Summit (7-8).
Nearly a year after losing by just a goal to Valor Christian in the championship game, the Mustangs are ready to make another run. With the Mustangs entering the 2017 postseason as the No. 1 team in Class 4A, and Valor Christian seeded No. 2 in the 16-team state bracket, they may even be in store for an eventual title-game rematch with the team that knocked them out last year. Dawson defeated Valor Christian earlier this season, 11-10 on March 15.
The Mustangs will no doubt be expecting continued good play from junior Gavyn Pure, who is currently fourth in 4A with 87 points (48 goals, 35 assists) on the season. The Mustangs defense has also held its opponents to an average of just five goals per game.
In Class 5A, the Monarch boys are back in the postseason, this time as the No. 14 seed. Having reached the Elite Eight in each of the past two seasons, and three of the last five, the Coyotes won 11 of their final 12 regular-season games, including a 12-10 win over Grandview last Friday.
Looking to get the job done with a balanced attack and a defense that allows 6.8 goals a game, the Coyotes (12-3) will travel to face No. 3 Mountain Vista (10-5) when the first round of the 5A tournament begins on Thursday.
In girls lacrosse, the Centaurus Warriors qualified for the state tournament as the No. 10 seed after winning their final two games of the regular season following a loss to No. 1 Colorado Academy last Monday. Vastly improving on a 2016 season in which they won just five games, the Warriors (11-4) will have a first-round bye and face No. 7 ThunderRidge (11-4) in the second round, which will take place between May 11-13.
The Warriors' game has yet to be officially scheduled.