AURORA - Going from 0 to 8 turned out to be plenty fast for Chatfield.
The Chargers took their first varsity season of boys lacrosse all the way to the state quarterfinals, where they were ousted by perennial contenders Regis 10-2 on the Raiders’ home field on May 10.
Chatfield, which finished 13-4, played strong in the first and third quarters, but was worn down in the second and fourth quarters by the faster and physically stronger Raiders (14-4).
“They’re way bigger than us. They were pushing us around,” said sophomore Greg Kelsic, who scored in the third quarter on an assist by Max Erickson.
Freshman Mitch Erickson scored Chatfield’s first goal and sophomore goalie Connor Lewis made seven saves as the Raiders attacked in disciplined waves.
“It was fun. We were glad to make it here, of course we wish we could have won, but they’ve been here for so many years,” Lewis said. “We played hard. Everyone did.”
While the Chargers were scrappy, they could not find a way to break down Regis’ formidable defense, which battered the visitors on the perimeter while clogging and disrupting the passing lanes. The Raiders outshot the Chargers 17-8.
Chatfield trailed 2-0 with 7:55 remaining in the first quarter, but wouldn’t give any more ground until there was 9:47 left in the second. Regis would score three goals in five minutes – one with a man advantage – before Chatfield got on the board with Erickson’s goal.
Regis took a 6-1 lead into halftime but could only outscore the Chargers 2-1 in the third quarter.
Both teams suffered through the spiteful weather, which only teased sunshine for brief moments when it wasn’t blowing cold air from the north.
Despite the defeat, the Chargers were upbeat.
“We got better this game,” Lewis said.
“We’re looking forward to next year,” Kelsic said.