A slow start to the season may have been the difference in keeping the Colleyville lacrosse team out of the playoffs this season.Even though the team has a winning mark of 7-6 heading into their last few games, Colleyville needed a Greenhill win over Keller or a Keller win of four or more to put them in the playoffs. Even a Keller of just three would give them a shot at a coin toss for playoff inclusion.As it was, Keller won 11-9, and the two-goal win left Colleyville out of the postseason.Colleyville head coach Mike Dennington said his team has played most every team within a couple of goals, as they’ve competed in Division II.“We have five seniors and a lot of freshmen and juniors,” Dennington said, noting that his other sophomores are helping bolster the lineup.J.P. Pickwood has been having an outstanding season, and Dennington listed him as “all-state material” in addition to standouts Sean Smith, Jake Moore and Roy Young.Dennington also pointed out the play of Tanner Wallace as a longstick middie and Blake Greeves as a third offensive threat, as well as Marshall Hecht and Brandon Hunter.“We’ve been in a better place than I thought,” Dennington said of the season and the push for one of the two district playoff spots.“We’ve got a good feeder program and we have a lot of guys all coming back,” Dennington said.The youth program is certainly an advantage for the Colleyville program, with Cecil Noble leading the eighth grade program to a championship. “They may struggle in wins and losses,” Dennington said of the youth teams, “but they all play at a high level.”Hunter, a junior who started his playing days on the eighth grade level, said the lost hope of a playoff run won’t deter the team.“We’ll go hard every single game, whether it’s a state championship or Division III game,” Hunter said. “We’re setting the tone.”Smith admitted feeling deflated after learning of the narrow Keller win which left Colleyville out of the playoffs.“We’re one of the best teams in the state, but we just got off to a slow start this season,” Smith said. “Our team has improved so much this year. I’m more than satisfied even though our record may not show it. We can hang in there with any team.”Greeves, who started playing in seventh grade and now in his sophomore year, also plays football but was drawn to lacrosse for the speed of the game.“We’ve got a really good team, but we just got a slow start,” Greeves said. “I definitely think it’s been easier for us with the new coaches,” alluding to Dennington and his staff.Colleyville had its final district game scheduled for Tuesday against Fort Worth Country Day.Colleyville also boasts a girls team which competes in the North District’s Division II of the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League.The girls split their weekend games, notching an 11-6 win over Caddo Magnet from Shreveport, La., and then dropping a match to another Shreveport district team, 15-8.The girls team now stands at 3-4 overall and is 2-2 in the division race. The girls will play Greenhill on Tuesday and Trinity on April 18.The playoffs will commence on April 20 and will be hosted at Southlake.