Chad Kreuzer didn’t mince words in postgame interviews this season.
The junior from Monarch’s boys lacrosse team always was confident the Coyotes were on par with some of the best teams the program has had under head coach David Auday.
He wanted the 2015 Coyotes to be the best MHS team ever. And while that can be debated, Kreuzer this spring vaulted into a class of his own as an individual player.
At times, he was unstoppable as a point-producer, and as a midfielder he almost never left the playing surface. Dedicated to defense, transition and scoring, Kreuzer has been named 2015 BoCoPreps.com boys lacrosse Player of the Year.
“When a middie is producing at the rate he did this year, it’s almost unheard of,” Auday said of one of his team captains who helped the Coyotes to a 13-4 record. “He’s one of those special players where it doesn’t matter if we are set up in the attacking zone or not, he just gets it done so easily.
“He’s not just an offensive player. We put him on some of the other team’s best middies, and he even took face-offs for us and won over 50 percent.”
Kreuzer scored more goals this year in 17 games (68) than in his previous two seasons as a varsity player (62 in 28 games freshman and sophomore year). He almost single-handedly outscored both Boulder and Fairview in the games they faced each other.
His 107 points for the season placed him second in scoring in the state, and he led all Boulder-area scorers for the second year in a row after amassing 81 points in 2014.
This year was even more dominating in just how Kreuzer could take over a game, and he proved it against Mullen in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs. With the Coyotes trailing 14-8 and slightly more than 5 minutes left on the clock, Kreuzer put the team on his back, either scoring or assisting on six straight goals to tie the game before the end of regulation. Monarch eventually took a 15-14 overtime win to advance.
“That was just a microcosm of the kid,” Auday said. “He simply didn’t care that we were down, and he just took over and I’ve never seen anything like it in 26 years of coaching. The Rock Canyon game (on March 10), Chad scored the tying goal and it was incredible. He scored some big goals for us.”
Kreuzer, also a renowned box (indoor) lacrosse player, was overseas participating in a tournament this past week. But before he left, he was named the Front Range League player of the year, was awarded first team all-state and added to that by becoming just the third Boulder-area player to be named as an All-American.
The best part for Auday is, Kreuzer will want the 2016 version of the Coyotes to be even better and he’ll go out of his way to make sure it happens.
“He’s the first one to volunteer to pretty much do anything to help the team,” Auday said. “Great teams have great teammates, and Chad is such a great teammate. I’ve never seen a kid love the game as much as he does, and it’s awesome.”
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