Coming into the 2013 season, the Cheyenne Mountain boys' lacrosse team faced uncertainty as to how well it could perform.
The squad had lost many talented players from the previous season. But one thing was certain: they had one of the best players in the state in Angus Campbell.
Campbell stepped into a leadership role and flourished, scoring 48 goals and adding 21 assists, while leading the Indians to the 4A state quarterfinals.
"He was the most dependable and reliable offensive weapon we had; 69 total points is unheard of," Cheyenne Mountain coach Mike Paige said. "He was the captain on the field and in the weight room. Angus was methodical in his preparation, and he grew as a player and a leader."
Campbell, who will attend the Colorado School of Mines and study mechanical engineering, gives his teammates much of the credit.
While he regrets the heartbreaking 10-9 loss to Steamboat Springs in the state quarterfinals, he said the team exceeded expectations.
"The players around me helped me be that dominant on offense because people couldn't double- or triple-team me because of my teammates; it took pressure off me," Campbell said.
"We lost a lot of guys from last year and we didn't think we were going to be as good this season, but I was really happy with the season as a whole. Obviously I wish we could've beaten Steamboat, but to only pull players from Cheyenne Mountain it's nice to see this kind of turnout. We also had a lot of guys step up from JV to contribute on varsity."
Campbell was one of five lacrosse players in the state to be named an Academic All-American. Paige said that his star player's work ethic in the classroom was equaled on the field.
"He's a complete team player, which is what makes him special; and more than anything, he's a quality human being," said Paige, who is in his third year at the helm for the Indians. "He could turn quickly and shoot from all angles, and his precision to pick a defense and goalie apart was phenomenal. He's hard to stop."
The door on his playing career isn't necessarily shut, as Campbell plans to play for Division II Mines next year.
When Campbell reflects on his team's 15-3 season, as well as his personal accomplishments, he is thankful for the time he played at Cheyenne Mountain - and who he shared it with.
"I think being a captain helped me to develop leadership skills and it made me more of a man to take on that responsibility," Campbell said. "I'll never forget the time I had with these guys, and I really enjoyed this season and it meant a lot to me. We knew how to play hard, but also had a lot of fun."