Coach: Nick Voigt
The Scorecard: The Panthers have a laundry list of experienced players within the program, and at all positions. Voigt’s guidance should help them gel eventually, but the emergence of secondary scorers behind junior Max Burhop — who already has six goals in three games — is paramount. Senior Dewey Schreiner looks good early on in the season, and the senior group that also includes returning starters Ben Centeno, Connor Berns, Kreitler Payes, Ty Chandler, Connor McCullick, Leo Barringer, Jack Lanksy, Zach Lawson and Ethan Reich are hungry to go out strong after missing out on so much the past two seasons.
Coach: Matt Kelly
The Scorecard: After reaching the quarterfinals last season, the Knights are off and running in 2022 looking to maintain some offensive consistency and creativity while building up their defense. Seniors Jack Cromwell and Patrick Aber lead the attack, and FHS also has returning starters Owen Hoppert, Quinn McCall and Sam Millison guiding the younger roster. A freshman combo in goal will be a challenge, Sam Rich and Jackson Viverito will continue to build each other up. “I don’t expect this to be a rebuilding year after graduating the talent from last year’s group,” Kelly said. “This team has a very high potential to do some great things, and they are an exceptionally well-led and committed group.”
Coach: David Auday
The Scorecard: Senior leadership is spread throughout the field, despite there being only five near-graduates on the MoHi roster. Monarch will take a spring break trip down to Florida to test its moxie, and the Coyotes will have some good battles in store in Class 5A competition when they return. A 9-5 loss to Cherry Creek opened eyes as to what the Coyotes can improve on, and Auday maintains his team is “hungry and humble.”
Coach: Peter Devlin
The Scorecard: With just three seniors, the Mustangs are most certainly built for the future but intend to win now and get back into a positions of being a contender in Class 4A’s ranks. Top-four leading scorers Leo Bellanca, Holden Walker, Dylan Mastrogiovanni and Ben Perry are ready for another go, and Finn Carpenter and Alexander Klemp anchor the back end. Devlin has high hopes for many other juniors and sophomores to emerge, while Dawson also has about eight freshmen — and the Mustangs are young in goal.
Coach: Nick Mandia
The Scorecard: The Tigers open play on Friday after putting in a lot of work during the offseason to try and improve on a 9-3 2021 campaign. Erie lost two games against power Cheyenne Mountain — two close games, at that — and there’s a boatload of returners on this team ready to take the next step. The Tigers outscored their competition by 100 goals last year, and there’s no reason to think that same success can’t be repeated with the likes of Liam Connors and Charlie O’Brien leading the attack and Max Warn, Corby Tecu, and a host of others playing fierce defense in front of Colin Selters.
Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Lee Williams
The Scorecard: Williams takes the helm for the Holy Family boys, who did have their struggles last season but who also started the 2022 slate with a nice victory against Northfield. In that game, the Tigers spread out their scoring with five players tallying goals, and that kind of balance will be instrumental in keeping teams on their heels. Dalton Lane, Landon Peters, Thomas Perkins and Rylan Alpers make up the captainship of HFHS, which has six seniors gunning for the program’s best season yet.
Jefferson Academy Jaguars
Coach: Cory Hughes
The Scorecard: Coming off a 3-7 campaign in 2021, the Jaguars are ready to get back to pre-COVID success — they were 9-6 in 2018 and 7-9 in 2019 as a still-growing program. JA started the season with a 9-7 win over Thomas Jefferson, so it appears there’s some hunger there, especially for a rather large senior class that runs 10-strong. Evan Shanks and Seth Bins return as 20-goal scorers, while Shanks also provides stability in the face-off circle.
Coach: Kelsey Sheridan
The Scorecard: The Knights opened the season with an encouraging loss, falling just 8-6 to perennial power Colorado Academy in a contest that was tied 4-4 at half. Sheridan listed nine returning starters, including all-region picks Camille Johnson, Ava Welty, Thayer Hubbard and Allie Hartman. Freshman midfielders Gabriella McCollester and Lucy Connors boost Fairview’s depth as immediate impact players. “We are excited about the season and to keep building on last year’s success.” Sheridan said.
Coach: Rachel Class
The Scorecard: Class takes over the head coaching duties at Dawson as the team enters its second varsity season with the potential to post some high-scoring games. At the top of that attack is Annabelle Biggar, who led the state with 68 goals last season and was a all-state first team selection. The Mustangs continue to be a team carries girls from different schools, and Niwot is supplying the likes of Sophie Gebhardt, Catherine Knight, Rowan and Reese Lavigne, Camille Fete, Hailey Karas and Addy Wardle among other (Maddie Bach is a Monarch student playing for Dawson as a returning starter, too). Vivi Bellanca returns as the team’s main goalie, and she’s just a sophomore. Zoe Roberts is viewed as a player who will make a big leap this season.
Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Sarah Brown
The Scorecard: The Tigers put up a very respectable 4-5 record in their first varsity season, and there’s no doubt the guidance and experience Brown offers only means an upward trend in 2022. With just two seniors last year, the Tigers are built for long-term success in the 4A classification.
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Bringing it home: recent state champions
2021 — Mountain Vista (5A boys), Cheyenne Mountain (4A boys), Colorado Academy (5A girls), Evergreen (4A girls)
2020 — No champions crowned (COVID-19 pandemic season cancellation)
2019 — Cherry Creek (5A boys), Golden (4A boys), Colorado Academy (girls)
2018 — Regis Jesuit (5A boys), Cheyenne Mountain (4A boys), Colorado Academy (girls)
2017 — Cherry Creek (5A boys), Valor Christian (4A boys), Colorado Academy (girls)