Coach: Kelsey Sheridan
Last season’s result: Reached the state semifinals
Spotlight player: Cami Johnson. The senior captain, who led the 5A East League in goals and points last season, was a first-team, all-state player. Even more “Wow”, she was a part of the USA under-18 team this past fall.
Notable: The Knights return a strong core behind star Cami Johnson. Gabriella and Tessa McCollester were freshmen starters a year ago and are back. Finnley Dancy, who is committed to Army, is back after scoring 50 points as a sophomore. And Katie Knowlton returns at heart of the defense. “This team is fast, hard-working and eager to compete,” the fifth-year coach said. “We have big goals for the year and are excited to see what we can do.”
Holy Family Tigers
Coach: Jack Englert
Last season’s result: Reached the second round of the state postseason
Spotlight player: Junior midfielder Sarah Vail. Last season, Vail was the Tigers’ second-leading scorer with 59 goals. Their leading scorer, Sidney Edmonds, with 78 goals last spring, graduated.
Notable: The Tigers are heading into their third season at the varsity level and will have a new coach in Jack Englert. Among expected contributors are senior midfielder Alciana Carreira, defender Annaiz Portillo, junior middy Mallory Jimenez and sophomore attacker Kendall Jones. “We should be competitive in all games and hope to make the playoffs for the second year in a row,” he said, adding that half the team is made up of freshmen with no prior lacrosse experience.
Coach: Katie Coleman Bergmann
Last season’s result: Did not have a team
Spotlight player: Senior Allie Hartman had a hat trick in the Mavericks’ inaugural game last week. The former Fairview standout is committed to play at Michigan next season.
Notable: The Mavericks have a dynamic duo hard to match in Hartman and Mia Welty, who is headed to UC Davis next year. They also have a goalie in Anne Booth, who is going to Brown, a junior in Sierra Ryan, who is committed to Arizona State, and standouts in senior Ellie Wilson and sophomore Lucy Connors. “This team has a unique season ahead of them, coming together as a first year program comprised of girls who have played for years and girls who are just picking up a stick,” Bergmann said.
Coach: Amanda Reffel
Last season’s result: Reached the second round of the state playoffs
Notable: The Mustangs will only play at the JV level this season due to the addition of the Mead team.
Point me to the postseason
The regular season ends May 6 and the state playoffs in both classifications run from May 9-19. In 5A, there are three automatic postseason bids (teams that win league) and 13 at-large bids based on the CHSAA Selection and Seeding Index. In 4A, there are six automatic bids and 18 at-large selections. The semifinals will be held at Englewood High School, with 5A going May 16 and 4A the day after. State championships are May 19 at University of Denver’s Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.
Bringing it home: recent state champions
2022 — Colorado Academy (5A girls), Green Mountain (4A girls)
2021 — Colorado Academy (5A girls), Evergreen (4A girls)
2020 — No champions crowned (COVID-19 pandemic season cancellation)
2019 — Colorado Academy (single classification)
2018 — Colorado Academy (single classification)