Aspen boys, girls lacrosse to host playoffs this week
The Aspen Times
Playoff season hits high school sports this week.
And three teams from Aspen High School will be involved in the first-round playoff matchups.
The Aspen girls lacrosse team, the winners of the Mountain League, will host a first-round playoff game on Wednesday.
And the Aspen boys lacrosse team, the winner of the Mountain League championship game last weekend, also will host a first-round playoff game Wednesday. The Aspen boys are the reigning Class 4A state lacrosse champions.
Game times for Wednesday are not yet official.
But Aspen school officials recommended moving the games from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the weather forecast for today.
Air Academy High School (boys) and Pine Creek High School (girls) also are in favor of playing the games Wednesday in Aspen.
The likely scenario will see the girls game starting at 3:30 p.m. followed by the boys state playoff game at 5:30 p.m. Games and times are subject to change.
Both games will be played at Aspen School District Stadium.
The Aspen boys (9-6) were seeded No. 11 in the 16-team Class 4A state lacrosse bracket.
Air Academy (9-6) is the No. 6 seed. But Air Academy has to travel because Aspen is a league champion with an automatic host in the first round.
The Aspen-Air Academy winner will take on the winner of No. 15 Vail Mountain School at No. 3 Conifer.
The boys second-round game will be Friday.
Dawson School of Lafayette (14-1) is the No. 1 seed in boys lacrosse in 4A.
Valor Christian (11-4), the team Aspen beat in the state championship game last year, is the No. 2 seed. Valor will host No. 15 Durango (8-7) in the first round.
Battle Mountain (7-8) also qualified from the Mountain League as a No. 12 seed. The Huskies will play at No. 5 Cheyenne Mountain in the first round.
In girls lacrosse, Aspen (10-5) was seeded No. 15 in the 24-team 4A/5A bracket.
The Skiers will host No. 18 Pine Creek (13-2) in the first round.
The Aspen-Pine Creek winner will take on No. 2 overall seed Mullen (12-3) in the second round on Saturday.
In girls soccer, the Skiers were seeded No. 13 in the 24-team Class 3A playoff bracket.
The Skiers (12-3-0) will take on No. 20 St. Mary’s of Colorado Springs (10-5-0) in a 5 p.m. game Friday at Jefferson Academy in Broomfield.
The winner of that match will take on No. 4 overall seed Jefferson Academy (11-4) at 10 a.m. Saturday in Broomfield.
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