Team History

Denver East High School Lacrosse, a program rich in history, began in 1965.


A Brief History of East / East-Manual Lacrosse

The Early Years

Denver East High School Lacrosse, a program rich in history, began in 1965. The first reference to the sport in school records appears in the 1968 Denver East Angelus yearbook:

“The East High LaCrosse (sic) team, under the coaching of Mr. George Brown and the sponsorship of Mr. Jim Owens, has been an active, competitive sport for the last four years. Throughout the spring the members competed against South, George Washington and other league teams. Practice was held during the late winter months with physical fitness as well as technique encouraged. Meetings were held where anyone who wanted to join was encouraged to do so. Although the sport is not considered an official minor sport at East, the victories won brought pride to the school. Last year the team took 2nd in City.”

The East-Manual Era

In the early 1970’s Denver East and Manual high schools combined to form the East-Manual Lacrosse Club. The Club enjoyed support from many individuals throughout the community from 1971–1978. Chris Romer, former State Senator and one-time Denver Mayoral candidate, served as Player-Coach in 1977 & 1978. Romer currently is co-Head Coach of the Denver East Women’s lacrosse team.

In 1979, Jon Barocas was approached to be an assistant coach. After the first practice, Barocas became the Head Coach and remained at Denver East for the next 33 years, retiring in 2011. Under Barocas’ leadership East-Manual and Denver East Lacrosse accumulated nine Colorado State Championships  in 1985, ’87, ’88, ’89, ’90, ’93, ’96, ‘98 and 2000, and had five undefeated seasons.

In 1985 the East-Manual Lacrosse team began traveling throughout the country playing teams in California, Maryland, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and Florida. In 1988 East-Manual Lacrosse won the Daniel Hand Tournament in Connecticut,  bringing instant recognition to Colorado lacrosse. In 1999, with the official Colorado sanctioning of boy’s lacrosse, East-Manual Lacrosse returned to being known as Denver East Lacrosse; the team won the CHSAA sanctioned State Championship game in 2000, and appeared in the State Title games in 2002 and 2006. On April 22 2006, Denver East and Cherry Creek made Colorado lacrosse history when they played before 12,000 fans in the Rocky Mountain Shootout at Mile High.

The Current Era

Today, in part thanks to the growth of the sport, the program is comprised of three teams – Varsity, JV and Level 3 teams. The teams play in a highly competitive league of CHSAA 5A Lacrosse, which includes Cherry Creek, Kent Denver, Colorado Academy, and Arapahoe high schools. The program has consistently boasted All Conference, All State, and All American team selections, and Denver East Angels have represented on some of the most competitive teams in Colorado – past and present, including Denver Elite, the Colorado Outlaws, 3d Colorado, Team Colorado, DoCo, the Wild, FCA Colorado, the Jr Mammoth, Colorado Crush, Team Colorado Outlaws, Team 5280, and Evolve US.

State Championships

YearTeamOpponentScore
2000Denver EastArapahoe9 – 8 OT
1998East-ManualEaglecrest15 – 10
1996East-ManualEaglecrest17 – 11
1993East-ManualKent-Denver12 – 5
1990East-ManualSouth15 – 5
1989East-ManualKent-Denver10 – 5
1988East-ManualThomas Jefferson15 – 10
1987East-ManualKent-Denver12 – 6
1985East-ManualKent-Denver8 – 7

All Americans

* Academic All Americans

Grad. YearPlayer
2019*August “Mustang” Sally
2019Cole Finley-Ponds
2018*Daniel Rahe
2017*Daniel Shelanski
2017*Dillon Hunter
2015*Aubrey Vial
2015*Connor Lewis
2009*Brendan Lamarre
2007*Gabe Mann
2006Dillon Roy
2006Zach Tedeschi
2005Mark Hild
2004Hunter Combs
2003*Carle Stenmark
2002Jason Anderson
2001Kip Malo
2000Kip Malo
2000Spencer Stenmark
1999Ben Winston
1998Wadeh Constance
1998Alex Mitzner
1998*Graham Brock
1995Zack Hergott
1994Christian Cook
1993Andrew Todd
1993*Jon Meyer
1991James Gaensbauer
1991Mike Todd
1990Nick VanRemortel
1989John Gaensbauer
1988Sean Waters
1988Jon Gottesfeld
1986Eric Peterson
1985Tom Wenzel
1985Robert Hollister
1971William Smiley

All Conference

YearPlayerTeam
2019August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2019Cole Finley-PondsFirst Team Defense/LSM
2019Harrison MeadFirst Team Defense
2019Clayton Finley-PondsSecond Team Midfield
2019Elijah BruggemanSecond Team Midfield
2019Jackie FreemanSecond Team Attack
2019William GrawemeyerSecond Team F/O Midfield
2019Duncan LewisSecond Team Attack
2019Sam PerezSecond Team Goalie
2019Noah MillerHonorable Mention
2019Andrew TanHonorable Mention
2018August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2018Cole Finley-PondsFirst Team LSM
2018Luke SawyerFirst Team Defense
2018Carter HaskelSecond Team Defense
2018Cole EmmanuelSecond Team F/O Midfield
2018Clayton Finley-PondsSecond Team Midfield
2018Daniel RaheSecond Team Attack
2018Andrew TanSecond Team Attack
2018Ben LeClaireHonorable Mention Goalie
2018Wyatt JohnsonHonorable Mention Midfield
2017August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2017Daniel ShelanskiFirst Team F/O Midfield
2017Luke SawyerSecond Team Defense
2017Robert RoseberrySecond Team Midfield
2017Brian StrombergHonorable Mention Midfield
2017Ciaran PeckHonorable Mention Midfield
2017Cole Finley-PondsHonorable Mention LSM
2017Daniel HeherHonorable Mention Defense
2017Landon HoveyHonorable Mention Attack
2016Andrew OulletteSecond Team Attack
2016August “Mustang” SallySecond Team Attack
2016Luke SawyerSecond Team Defense
2016Daniel ShelanskiSecond Team F/O Midfield
2016Max BragdonHonorable Mention Midfield
2016Mike BrewerHonorable Mention Goalie
2016Ryan SelfHonorable Mention Midfield
2016Tommy TopperHonorable Mention LSM
2015Sam BiermannFirst Team F/O Midfield
2015Connor LewisFirst Team Defense
2015Henry ParkerFirst Team Attack
2015Max BragdonSecond Team Defense
2015Kyle NalenSecond Team LSM
2015Daniel ShelanskiSecond Team F/O Midfield
2015Andrew OulletteHonorable Mention Attack
2015BC WellsHonorable Mention Goalie
2015Matt SpiessbachHonorable Mention Attack
2014Griffin HellerFirst Team Attack
2014Jake SawyerFirst Team Defense
2014Sam BiermannFirst Team F/O Midfield
2014Billy BettsHonorable Mention Midfield
2014Conner LewisHonorable Mention Defense
2014Henry ParkerHonorable Mention Attack/Midfield
2013Zach McCabeFirst Team Midfield
2013Jake SawyerFirst Team Defense
2013Joey CowperthwaiteSecond Team Goalie

All State

YearPlayerTeam
2019August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2019Cole Finley-PondsFirst Team Defense/LSM
2018August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2018Cole Finley-PondsFirst Team LSM
2018Luke SawyerFirst Team Defense
2017August “Mustang” SallyFirst Team Attack
2017Daniel ShelanskiSecond Team F/O Midfield
2014Jake SawyerFirst Team Defense
2013Jake SawyerHonorable Mention Defense
2008Josh RussellHonorable Mention Attack
2006Ryan BurtDefense
2006Piet DudleyGoalie
2006Dillon RoyDefense
2006Kjael SkaalerudAttack
2006 (Player of the year)Zach TedeschiMidfield
2006Ben AllisonHonorable Mention
2006Russell ClarkHonorable Mention
2006Bailey ConnorHonorable Mention
2006Josh RussellHonorable Mention Attack
2006Alex VintonHonorable Mention
2005Zach TedeschiMidfield
2004Dillon RoyDefense
2004Hunter CombsMidfield
2000Spencer StenmarkDefense
2000Kip MaloMidfield
2000Rob JorgensonDefense
1998Alex MitznerFirst Team Attack
1998Constance WadehFirst Team Midfield
1998Lewis OrtizFirst Team Midfield
1998Gabe Duncan-RoitmanFirst Team Defense
1998Casey GrosscopeSecond Team Attack
1998Colby ReevesSecond Team Midfield
1998Kip MaloSecond Team Midfield
1998Ben WinstonSecond Defense

Angel Pride, Far & Wide

Denver East Lacrosse players have gone on to play at the next level including at Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Hofstra, Hobart, Middlebury, Drexel, Colby, Colorado College, Boston College, Georgetown, Bucknell, the University of Delaware, and the University of Denver, among others. Denver East players contributed to winning a combined eight NCAA Championships with their respective teams, including at Princeton and Johns Hopkins.

Name Year Graduated from Denver East College/University Attended Division Position Played
Cole Emmanuel 2019 Colorado Mesa University NCAA DII Face Off Specialist
Cole Finley-Ponds 2019 Johns Hopkins University NCAA DI Defense/LSM
Noah Miller 2019 Colorado State University MCLA RMLC DIV I Defense
Robert Roseberry 2019 Ottawa University NAIA Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference   Midfield
August “Mustang” Sally 2019 University of Richmond NCAA DI Attack
Carter Haskel 2018 Ohio Wesleyan NCAA DIII Defense
Nico Read 2018 Colorado Mesa University NCAA DII Midfield
Luke Sawyer 2018 Rollins College NCAA DII Defense
Mykael Haney 2017 Colorado State University – Pueblo NCAA DII Midfield
Dan Shelanski 2017 Colorado College NCAA DIII Face Off Specialist
Max Bragdon 2016 Whittier College NCAA DIII Defense
AJ Harper 2015 Huntingdon College NCAA DIII Midfield
Jake Sawyer 2014 Hobart College NCAA DIII Defense
Austin Neureiter 2013 Carleton College GLLL Defense
Daniel Fulton 2012 Augustana College NCAA DIII Defense
Luke Boardman 2012 Whittier College NCAA DIII Midfield
Joe Jaster 2012 Carthage College NCAA DIII Midfield
Danny Prevedel 2011 Whittier College NCAA DIII Attack
Chris Herrmann 2011 Chapman University MCLA SLC DIV I Midfield
Esteban Pacheco 2011 Carnegie Mellon NCLL Keystone Three Rivers Div II Midfield
Grant Beczkalo 2010 Bellarmine University NCAA DII Midfield
Brendan Lemarre 2009 Colorado College NCAA DIII Defense
Josh Russell 2008 Colorado Mesa University NCAA DII Midfield
Ryan Burt 2007 University of Colorado – Boulder MCLA RMLC DIV I Defense
Gabe Mann 2007 Amherst College NCAA DIII Defense
Andrew Lay 2007 University of Denver NCAA DI Midfield
Zach Tedeschi 2006 Johns Hopkins NCAA DI Midfield
Dillon Roy 2006 University of Denver NCAA DI Defense
Kjael Skaalerud 2006 Gettysburg College NCAA DIII Attack
Adam Swarsen 2006 Hofstra University NCAA DI Defense
Ben Brown 2005 Whittier College NCAA DIII Goalie
Mark Hild 2005 Franklin & Marshall College NCAA DIII Attack
Hunter Combs 2004 Colorado College NCAA DIII Midfield
Carle Stenmark 2003 Harvard University NCAA DI Midfield
Jason Anderson 2002 University of Colorado – Boulder MCLA RMLC DIV I Attack
Mark Streno 2002 University of Colorado – Boulder MCLA RMLC DIV I Defense
Mark Tapy 2002 University of Colorado – Boulder MCLA RMLC DIV I Defense
Ian Wright 2002 University of Delaware NCAA DI Defense
Kip Malo 2001 Johns Hopkins NCAA DI Midfield
David Barocas 2001 Hofstra University NCAA DI Attack
Alex Gschwend 2000 Boston College NCAA DI Attack
Spencer Stenmark 2000 Harvard University NCAA DI Defense
Ben Winston 1999 Colby College NCAA DIII Defense/LSM
Alex Mitzner 1998 Georgetown University NCAA DI Attack
Wadeh Constance 1998 Georgetown University NCAA DI Midfield
Gabe Duncan-Roitman 1998 Colby College NCAA DIII Defense
Christian Cook 1994 Princeton University NCAA DI Defense
James Gaensbauer 1991 Brown University NCAA DI Midfield
Andrew Todd 1991 Williams College NCAA DIII Attack
John Gaensbauer 1989 Cornell University NCAA DI Midfield
Ryan Howsam 1989 Vanderbilt University MCLA SELC DIV I  
Jim Todd 1989 Princeton University NCAA DI Midfield
Dave Lubchenco 1988 Colorado College NCAA DIII Midfield
Luke Beatty 1988 Connecticut College NCAA DIII Goalie
Jon Gottesfeld 1988 Colorado College NCAA DIII Defense
Pat Hatcher 1987 Bucknell University NCAA DI  
Chris McHugh 1986 Princeton University NCAA DI Attack
Eric Peterson 1986 Colorado College NCAA DIII Attack
Brian Brophy 1986 Colorado College NCAA DIII Attack
Greg Vamos 1985 University of North Carolina NCAA DI Defense
Jerrel Armstrong 1985 Colorado College NCAA DIII Attack
Robert Hollister 1985 Dartmouth College NCAA DI Goalie
Terry Claassen 1980 Colorado College NCAA DIII Attack

And some Denver East Angels Lacrosse alumni transferred their lacrosse skills to other sports in college.

Name Year Graduated from Denver East College/University Attended College Sport
Ryan Chavkin 2013 Santa Clara University, then the Glendale Merlins Rugby
Aaron Howard 2012 University of Colorado – Boulder Football