The Windsor CopperHeads U9 boys’ lacrosse team, coached by Scott Coakley, won the Colorado Youth Lacrosse Association’s state championship May 18 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Windsor won the title game 5-2 over the Stapleton Jets to claim the U9 Blue Division state championship and to finish the season with an 8-2 record.
“It feels great to win state,” said Coakley. “The boys played their hearts out. I think they wanted it more than the other guys. They never gave up.”
Windsor was the No. 3 seed in the 11-team tournament and received a first-round bye.
The CopperHeads won their first game, 10-2 over the No. 6-seeded Native Lacrosse team out of Lakewood in the quarterfinals. Nine different Windsor players scored a goal in the game.
The victory advanced Windsor into the semifinals against No. 2 seed Boulder Valley. Windsor scored two goals in the final period to break a 4-4 tie and win 6-4. The victory set up a rematch with the No. 1-seeded Stapleton Jets, a team that handed Windsor one of its two losses during the regular season. Stapleton beat Windsor 5-4 in overtime on May 3, and was undefeated during the season.
That’s until it met up with Windsor for the second time.
Windsor was quickly down 2-0 in the first period before its offense erupted for five unanswered goals and the win.
On the season, Windsor scored 68 goals and only allowed 35.
This was the first year of organized lacrosse for the majority of the team, but its leadership came from a few third- and fourth-graders who played for Windsor last season. Mountain View Elementary School fourth-grader Everett Oliver, and Mountain View third-graders Max Coakley, Tanner Garcia and Carter Hinkle all suited up for the CopperHeads’ U10 team last year and were the only players with experience, said Coakley.
“Their experience rubbed off on their teammates as every player drastically improved from the start of the season,” Coakley said.