Boys lacrosse: Monarch reaches state quarterfinals for first time

Matthew Jonas
Monarch’s Max Weisner (5) is pressured by Castle View’s Brett Lenz during the Coyotes’ second-round playoff victory on Tuesday.

LOUISVILLE — With his team well on its way to its first ever trip to the boys lacrosse state quarterfinals, Monarch coach David Auday called timeout with 37 seconds to play.

This wasn’t to discuss strategy.

It was about more than that. It was about more than the soon-to-be 14-10 home playoff win against Castle View.

Auday instructed his team to take in the moment, absorb what the program has become and, for the younger players, to understand what the program is capable of.

“All along we’ve been talking about leaving your Coyote paw marks,” Auday said. “They’ll get one in the gym, because we’ll get a banner for winning the (Northern) League. Now, there’s another benchmark and another huge Coyote paw print.”

Castle View (12-4) absorbed that print firmly on its back. The ninth-seeded Sabercats were trailing only 5-4 midway through the second quarter, but the No. 8 Coyotes went on a game-clinching 8-0 run that went deep into the fourth quarter.

By the time the desperate Sabercats recovered and scored three goals in a 16-second span, it was too late.

“Whenever things start to look down, we really take it to ’em,” said Monarch senior attackman Kyle Doner, who had two goals in the dominating stretch. “Coach gave us some really good advice, and we really just stepped it up as a team.”

That advice, according to Auday, was to “stick to our game plan — and our game plan was to force them out of their comfort zone.”As usual for Monarch, senior Nathan Puldy led the way with three goals and three assists. Four others joined Doner with two goals apiece: Tim Metzger, Davis Whitaker, Max Weisner and Jordan Meehan.

One of Meehan’s came seven seconds after the opening draw and ensured the Coyotes (13-3) never trailed en route to their 10th straight win.

“This team, during its 10-game winning streak, their lacrosse IQ has gone up exponentially,” Auday said. “And that’s why we’re hot as a pistol.”

Castle View had defeated Monarch in a preseason scrimmage, but neither team put much stock in it considering the teams massively substituted and were still feeling out their respective squads.

While Monarch and its large cheering section was charged up with the playoff victory, the Coyotes also had a hint of unfinished business in their eyes. They aren’t quite satisfied yet.

“That’s fair, but it feels great to finally pass that second-round barrier,” Puldy said. “We’ll just keeping looking ahead, keep looking toward that next game.”

The Coyotes will take on top-seeded Arapahoe on Saturday. The undefeated Warriors, 8-7 winners over Heritage on Tuesday, are in the top 20 of some nationwide polls.

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Monarch 14, Castle View 10

At Monarch H.S.

Castle View (12-4) 2 2 0 6 — 10

Monarch (13-3) 3 5 1 5 — 14

Goals — Castle View: Barnard 3, N. Tuttle 3, Howard, Brough, M. Tuttle, McCreary; Monarch: Puldy 3, Whitaker 2, Doner 2, Weisner 2, Metzger 2, Meehan 2, Eakes.

Assists — Castle View: Brough 3, M. Tuttle 2, Howard, N. Tuttle; Monarch: Puldy 3, Eakes 2.

Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Visitor: Hill (48-14-20); Monarch: Johnson (24-4-4), Malaty (24-6-8).