Published: May 8, 2013
Cheyenne Mountain's boys' lacrosse team was all business after winning on its soaked home field Wednesday evening.
Angus Campbell, Sam Sheridan and Casey Rothstein all notched a hat trick, as the third-seeded Indians (14-2) coasted to a 12-3 win over No. 14 Summit (8-8) in the opening round of the 4A state playoffs.
And while the team from Frisco mobbed each other after the game, the Indians and their 12 seniors weren't ready to celebrate their season just yet.
Campbell, a senior playing his last home game, said from here on out it is 'a road to redemption ' with likely matchups between the two teams that beat them earlier in the season.
'We will play Steamboat (Springs) and probably Air Academy after that, ' said Campbell, whose Indians lost to Steamboat 9-7 on April 6 and fell to the Kadets 8-5 a week ago. 'We know we can beat both of them. ... We are looking at these games like redemption for sure. '
Wednesday, Cheyenne Mountain put the game away early with five goals in the first quarter, and an 8-0 lead at half. In it, Sheridan scored all three of his goals and Campbell added two of his three.
Summit coach Karl Barth said the barrage of Indians goals early didn't surprise anybody.
'They are a really, really good team. We aren't there yet, ' said Barth as his team posed for pictures behind him. 'I mean we ran into them and you have to lose sometime, right? At least it was to a very good club. '
In the second half, the Indians began resting starters while Summit senior George Gruber proved to be one of his team's few bright spots with three highlight-reel goals - two of them of the no-look, behind?the-back variety.
Through the last 24 minutes, Gruber sandwiched his three goals around four from Cheyenne Mountain, including two Indians goals in the final 12 seconds of the third quarter and a pair of scores from Rothstein.
Cheyenne Mountain coach Mike Paige said the Indians' next three potential games are all championship matches in their eyes.
'We have to look it at like that, because they could all be the end of our season. But we want to win our last game, that's the difference, ' Paige said. 'I think our guys will come out full bore and battle. We can't look past anyone. Our seniors - our 12 seniors know they could be minutes away from their last game if we don't put a complete game together. '
The Indians face sixth-seeded Steamboat Springs (13-3) Friday at Trailblazer Stadium in Lakewood.