Cheyenne Mountain boys' lacrosse is one game away from a state title appearance. But standing in the Indians' way is an all-too-familiar foe.
The Air Academy girls' lacrosse team used an upset in the last round to reach the quarterfinals. The Kadets will need another if they want to get to the semis.
Here's a look at Cheyenne Mountain's and Air Academy's upcoming playoff matches.
Cheyenne Mountain vs. Valor Christian
When: Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.
Where: At Valor Christian
What to know: It had to be this way, right? No. 3 Cheyenne Mountain (13-4) is running up against its old nemesis in No. 2 Valor Christian (13-4). And a berth in the state championship game is on the line. The Indians are on a five-game losing streak to the Eagles, the defending 4A state champions. Most recently, the Indians lost to Valor 22-8 on April 6. The teams last met in the playoffs in 2015, when the Eagles won in the semifinals, defending a last-second shot by the Indians to preserve a one-goal lead. Four players have broken the 30-goal mark this season for Valor, led by Grayson Goodyear’s 53 goals and 32 assists. Two players have at least 30 goals for the Indians, led by August Johnson’s 45 goals and 34 assists. Jack Egan has 38 goals, 32 assists for the Indians. Valor's 257 goals are second in 4A. Cheyenne Mountain ranks fifth with 213 goals.
Air Academy vs. Cherry Creek
When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Where: At Stutler Bowl, Greenwood Village
What to know: No. 14 Air Academy (12-4) already made it one upset, why not two? The Kadets stunned No. 3 Kent Denver by five goals. Next on the agenda is No. 6 Cherry Creek (13-3). The Kadets won the Southern League, which included a one-goal win over Pine Creek. The Bruins dispatched of Pine Creek in the last round by a score of 17-3. The last time these teams met ended up a victory for Cherry Creek in the second round of the playoffs a year ago. The Bruins have allowed the fewest goals (90) in the state, while scoring the second most (264). The Kadets have scored 237, fourth most, while giving up 116 (13th fewest). Pearl Schwartz leads the Bruins with 48 goals. Air Academy is led by Whitney Moran’s 54 goals.