Coloradans fla­vor cham­pi­ons’ ros­ter

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers Mike Cham­bers: mcham­bers@ den­ver­post. com or @ mikecham­bers

Ten years ago, the vi­sion was to make the Univer­sity of Den­ver the NCAA lacrosse cap­i­tal of the West. Mis­sion ac­com­plished, and the growth from the feat has be­come sim­i­larly as ob­vi­ous.

DU, the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion, has 12 Coloradans on its 2016 ros­ter, the most from any state or Cana­dian prov­ince.

“That gets us ex­cited,” Pi­o­neers coach Bill Tier­ney said Wed­nes­day.

A hand­ful of fresh­men from area high schools are poised to play key roles for the pre­sea­son No. 2- ranked Pi­o­neers, who take on theU. S. na­tional teamin an ex­hi­bi­tion Sun­day in Braden­ton, Fla.

“Colton Jackson and Dy­lan John­son — they’re go­ing to be play­ers for us — and Jaden Franklin is his own story,” Tier­ney said.

Jackson is a mid­fielder from Rock Canyon High School in High­lands Ranch, and John­son is a de­fender from­n­ear­byCherry Creek in Green­woodVil­lage. Franklin, a mid­fielder, is from Den­ver and starred at Kent Den­ver in Cherry Hills.

Fresh­man DavidWin­sor, who grewup in Boul­der, might chal­lenge for the start­ing goalie job once he re­turns from a hand in­jury.

For now, the start­ing goalie is fresh­man AlexReady, a 6- foot- 1, 210- pound left- han­der from Lan­caster, Pa.

Ready is re­plac­ing four- year starter Ryan La­Plante of Fort Collins, who is among five key grad­u­ated se­niors from­last sea­son. The oth­ers are at­tack­men Wes Berg and SeanC­an­niz­zaro, mid­dfielder Erik Adam­son and de­fense­man Car­son Can­non.

“As a coach, you al­ways think you can re­place guys, but we had a pretty sig­nif­i­cant se­nior group,” Tier­ney said. “But we don’t need to re­place eight se­niors with eight fresh­men. We’ve got plenty of guys who were on the cusp last year. We had 14 guys play­ing on our sec­ond mid­field. We have plenty of guys to step into big roles.”

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