Northeast Tarrant

Colleyville lacrosse well-positioned for playoff spot

The Colleyville lacrosse team still has six district games left on the schedule, but if they can hold serve on the field, they should grab a good seed when the playoffs roll around at the end of next month.

Colleyville stands at 6-2 in district as it was off for the spring break week. But they the team was to be back on the fields preparing for some of its toughest competition in the coming week.

The lone losses – to Allen, 11-10, and Flower Mound, 7-6 – were both in overtime.

Now, the Division II team will look to take on perennial Division I power Dallas Jesuit on March 17.

That tune up and measuring stick will be just prior to a key district game with Greenhill on March 20.

While Jesuit is one of the top Division I teams in the country, Greenhill is certainly a formidable district opponent as one of the better Division II teams in the state, said Colleyville head coach Gary Dennington.

“We’re poised to make the playoffs and be seeded pretty well,” Dennington said. “We need to take care of business with Frisco and Greenhill. We’ve got six district games remaining but of the six, those two teams can change our playoff outlook.”

The biggest asset of the Colleyville squad is their stingy defense.

“The defense has held us in games long enough for us to score some goals,” Dennington said.

Players helping anchor the defense have included a nucleus of Jake Moore, Tanner Wallace and Luke Dorhorst.

“Those guys could challenge anyone in the state in Division I or II as a top unit, as a group,” Dennigton said.

While the weather has not hampered the game schedule, it did cause just one game to be cancelled, but it was a non-district game during tournament action.

The tournament schedule did allow for Colleyville to knock off previously higher-ranked Texas Military Institute, 8-4.

Now, with such wins, Colleyville has earned the No. 5 ranking in the state for Division II.

And while Flower Mound has proven to be one of the better Division II teams in the state along with Greenhill, the game with Jesuit will give Colleyville an opportunity to see some of the best, most skilled competition available in the area.

“It could get away from us,” Dennington cautioned, but he said the Jesuit coaching staff knows how to temper any chance for a blowout and allow both teams a win-win game experience.

“Our guys will be seeing what a higher level is all about,” Dennington said.

But when district play resumes, Dennington said the offense needs to get into a groove and not depend on the defense having to set up the offense as much.

Colleyville should expect to see improvement in their offensive production and challenge the top teams as they prepare for the playoffs.

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