The 13th-seeded Summit High School boys lacrosse team heads to Colorado Springs today to face No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain at 4:30 p.m. in the opening round of 4A state playoffs.
Coming off of an 8-7 season, and finishing fourth in the Mountain League, the Summit boys are making a return to state this year after a two-year absence.
“We’re going to have to play really good defense,” says Summit coach Karl Barth. Cheyenne Mountain finished the season with only two losses.
Barth says it’s been an up-and-down season for his team, with a couple of tough losses, which he hopes will help inspire them in the playoffs.
“It’s been frustrating for the guys,” says Barth. “We played well against some of the teams in the tournament, but not complete games.”
If the Tigers can play strong for four quarters, Barth believes they can compete with anyone.
A regular season win against 5A Grand Junction, an overtime loss to Battle Mountain and strong play in a loss to Aspen serve as evidence of his team’s potential, the coach said.
For most of the seniors, this will be their first shot at state in their varsity careers.
Senior George Gruber led the way this season with 30 goals and a Mountain League-leading 75 total points. He was followed by seniors Evan Feldman and Sean Farley with 26 goals each. Gruber also finished fourth in the state in points.
Feldman, Gruber, Mikey Farley and goalie Garret Tousey were all nominated for the all-state team. They, along with Sean Farley and Nolan Rockey, were also nominated to the all-conferance team.
Barth credits a lot of the team’s success this year to the maturity of the team as a whole, and the efforts of Gruber and Tousey, who signed his letter of intent last week. Tousey will be heading to Western New England University in Springfield, Mass., this fall.
If the Tigers can play a complete game against Cheyenne Mountain, Barth believes they have a good chance to win today. The winner will face the winner of Steamboat Springs and Windsor on Friday.