Chaparral turns vision into wins

Chaparral’s Kevin Ulibarri (No. 12) during a 16-0 blank over Douglas County April 12 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker. Photo by Robin Jenks | RobinJenksPhotography.smugmug.com
Chaparral’s Jon Henriques (13) carries the ball during the victory over Douglas County at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker. Photo by Robin Jenks | RobinJenksPhotography.smugmug.com
Chaparral’s Trevis Thompson (20) moves during a 16-0 win over Douglas County on April 12 at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker. Photos by Robin Jenks | RobinJenksPhotography.smugmug.com
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Fast and smart is the only way to describe Wolverines boys lacrosse.

Chaparral carried a 10-2 record after facing Rock Canyon for a 10-7 loss. Prior to that, only Cherokee Trail was able to put a one-point win over the Wolverines.

Otherwise, Chaparral has been resilient in several games, especially against two-time Douglas County League champions Mountain Vista. Against Vista this season, Chaparral was down late and scored four goals to take the lead and eventually win 10-7.

It’s that determination may define the team this year when the season is over.

“Vista is a well-coached, fundamentally disciplined team that plays big,” Wolverines coach Michael Magrin said. “The team has found themselves behind late in big games and have found ways to make late runs and come back.”

Last season, Chaparral finished the year with a 12-4 record and was second in the league, behind Vista. They made the state championship playoffs but were eliminated in the second round by Regis. Magrin said the boys look to change their fate in the post-season this time around.

“The team has what it takes to go deep, it will just be a matter of limiting turnovers and finishing quality possessions,” the coach said.

Twenty seniors returned to the Wolverines this season. Among the returning starters were Trevis Thompson, T.J. Thompson, Eric Haines, Jarred Coleman and Garrett Henry, each of whom were first-team all-league selections last year. Haines presently leads the team in scoring.

Colton McCaffrey is a new starting attacker and the only freshman on the varsity squad. Margin expected him to make an impact on the season, and he has. McCaffrey leads the team in assists.

Magrin said the team entered the season with a lot of momentum and a strong sense of team. It’s on-field leadership has also been a strong quality.

“It feels like the team is coming into stride at the right time,” Magrin said. “A lot will be determined with upcoming games against Fort Collins and Highlands Ranch. We are always working on coming out fast in games and not starting flat. Our boys have done a great job determining the pace of games.”

Magrin also praised his players’ cohesive nature as well as their vision on the field.

“As a coach it is especially fun to watch them create on the field, both on offense and defense,” he said. “What sets this team apart is their high degree of field awareness. They play lacrosse well as opposed to run lacrosse plays.”

In the loss to Rock Canyon, which Magrin knew was going to be a trial for his team, Haines had three goals and two assists, while Trevis Thompson had two in the net. For more information on Wolverines boys lacrosse, visit www.chaplax.com.

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