• Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Sammer Ziady and the Monarch lacrosse team have won 10 of their past 11 games heading into the final week of the regular season.

  • Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer

    Monarch High School's Charlie Gifford moves the ball past Caden Keating during a game against Fairview on Friday in Boulder.



With just one game left on the schedule, the Monarch boys lacrosse team appears to be rolling right along at just the right time.

Even after graduating a wealth of talent last season, the Coyotes are right back in the mix.

Winners in 10 of their last 11 games, the Coyotes are one of several teams in the area preparing for the upcoming postseason and ready to make a bid for a deep playoff run. For the Coyotes, this year’s playoffs offer the opportunity to reach their third straight Elite Eight and their fourth in the last six years.

Both having lost to Monarch (11-3) during the regular season, Fairview (4-9) and Boulder (4-8) head into the final week of the season with four wins and a head-to-head matchup coming on May 1.

In Class 4A, the Dawson Mustangs are ranked No. 1 in the poll and boast an 11-1 record. After losing in the state championship game in 2016, the Mustangs and Gavyn Pure, who is currently 4A’s 12th best point-scorer, will be looking to get over the hump and push for a title this year.

Also in the Pikes Peak conference, up-and-coming Jefferson Academy (3-9) will be looking for a strong finish with three games remaining in the program’s second season. The Jaguars face Rangeview, Prairie View and Bishop Machebeuf all on the road to round out the regular season.

On the girls side of things, the Centaurus Warriors (9-3) have risen to No. 10 in the statewide rankings after winning three of their past four games and with three games left in the team’s second season under head coach Todd Breithaupt.

The Warriors will have a tough test to kick off the home stretch on May 1 when they host top-ranked Colorado Academy. Luckily for the Warriors, they will play all three of their final games at home.

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