Denver East Angels release 2020 schedule

Denver East Men's Lacrosse released their 15-game 2020 schedule. Under the direction of new head coach, Dillon Ward, the Angels kick off their spring season against Lakewood HS on Friday, March 13 at 5pm at the annual DPS Mile High Shootout at All City Stadium. This season's home opener at Denver East High School will be on Friday, March 20 against Chatfield HS. The regular season will wrap up at home with Senior Night on Thursday, May 7 against Columbine.

For 2020, the Angels have 6 home games, 7 away, and 2 neutral including games against new rivals, Lakewood and Valor. To view the entire schedule, visit the Angels' website Calendar or visit MaxPreps and review the 2020 Schedule.

Rosters will be announced on Thursday, March 5.

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Andrew Tan receives recognization from Inside Lacrosse

Junior Andrew Tan was recognized by Inside Lacrosse for his play in the Adrenaline Challenge January 4-5, 2020. Inside Lacrosse named him as one of twenty Honorable Mentions at the annual tournament. This year's event featured over 150 teams. Andrew participated on the Colorado Outlaws 20/21 team. Andrew was a Varsity freshman starter and ended both his freshman and sophomore seasons fourth in total points for the team.

The Adrenaline Challenge, in Del Mar CA, has been a vital team recruiting program on the Adrenaline calendar since 2002. Teams play games over a two day period to compete for what many people consider to be the western club championship. Teams competing in this tournament include the very best the country has to offer.

Wyatt Johnson announces verbal commitment to St. John's University

Senior Wyatt Johnson announced on Monday his verbal commitment to play NCAA Division 1 Lacrosse at St. John's University. Wyatt started with Denver East Lacrosse as a Varsity freshman and was made captain his junior year. As a freshman, Wyatt ended the season fourth in total points, and as a sophomore he moved up to third in total points. His junior year saw him sidelined for over half the season with an injury; playing only seven games he had a tied fifth most goals for the season. 

St. John's University is located in Queens, NYC, NY. The team is in the NCAA Big East Conference and has been coached the last 13 years by Jason Miller. The Red Storm consistently boasts members of the NCAA All Academic Team. The program was created in 1981 and plays its home games at DaSilva Memorial Field. 

Elijah Bruggeman named National Merit Semifinalist

The 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program announced the Semifinalists for the 2020 competition on September 11, 2019. Denver East High School had 11 Semifinalists, including Denver East Boys Lacrosse senior Elijah Bruggeman. These students represent less than one percent of US high school seniors and placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students entering the competition. They earned this distinction with exceptional PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores. 

As one of approximately 16,000 high school seniors who are Semifinalists, Elijah and his fellow Semifinalists will have the opportunity to advance to the Finalist level and continue in the competition for about 7,600 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in Spring 2020. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist must submit a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a school official, write an essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the qualifying test performance. About 90% of Semifinalists are expected to become Finalists, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar distinction.

Finalists will be announced in February 2020, and the National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced from April through July 2020.

Dillon Ward named as Denver East Head Coach

Denver East Lacrosse announced today Dillon Ward was named as the new Head Coach. Coach Ward was previously at Rock Canyon HS as an Asst. Coach/Defensive Coordinator, and has coached for the US Box Lax Association and for Denver Elite.

Coach Ward is from Ontario and played high school lacrosse at the Hill Academy in Concord, Ont where he was named the 2009 Canadian National Field Lacrosse MVP and 2010 Canadian Player and Goalie of the Year by NLL Insider. Coach Ward also played high school hockey. He played DI collegiate lacrosse at Bellarmine University in Kentucky where he was named to the Tewaaraton nominee list in 2013 and became the first All-American in Bellarmine lacrosse history. He received a Communications degree from Bellarmine.

Coach Ward was named the 2014 & 2018 World Games Top Goaltender, the 2017 NLL Goaltender of the year, and IL Indoor’s 2018 Goalie of the Year. He is currently on the Colorado Mammoth, the Denver Outlaws, and the Canadian National Team.

Coach Ward will be working on building out the rest of the coaching staff in the near future.

Denver East Angels at the Denver Shootout

The 2019 Denver Shootout took place June 14 - 16 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. Denver East Boys Lacrosse had over 15 current and future Angels participate across 5 clubs and over 10 teams.

Seniors Harrison Mead and Wyatt Johnson were selected for the 2020 All Star team.  

Juniors Andrew Tan and Will Mattingly's team won the 2021 AA Championship.

All Conference, All State, All Americans announced

Colorado announced the 2019 season All Conference, All State, and All American awards this month.

2019 All Conference: Denver East Lacrosse plays in the South Suburban League of CHSAA 5A Lacrosse, a highly competitive league consisting of 9 teams including Regis Jesuit, Kent Denver, Colorado Academy, and Lewis-Palmer high schools.The 2019 Denver East team had a record number of All Conference award winners:

  • August “Mustang” Sally '19 - First Team Attack
  • Cole Finley-Ponds '19 - First Team Defense/LSM
  • Harrison Mead '20 - First Team Defense
  • Clayton Finley-Ponds '19 - Second Team Midfield
  • Elijah Bruggeman '20 - Second Team Midfield
  • Jackie Freeman '22 - Second Team Attack
  • William Grawemeyer '21 - Second Team F/O Midfield
  • Duncan Lewis '20 - Second Team Attack
  • Sam Perez '22 - Second Team Goalie
  • Noah Miller '19 - Honorable Mention Defense/LSM
  • Andrew Tan '21 - Honorable Mention Attack

2019 All State: The 2019 all-state boys lacrosse teams honor the best players in the sport as judged by the leagues and coaches. Senior Cole Finley-Ponds was selected for First Team All State Defense - his second year named to the All State First Team. Teammate and fellow Senior August "Mustang" Sally was also selected First Team All State Attack - his third year named to the All State First Team. 

2019 All American: Each year US Lacrosse, the national governing body for men's and women's lacrosse, selects the national boys' and girls' high school lacrosse All-American teams. Senior Cole Finley-Ponds was selected as an All American. All Americans are the best lacrosse players in the state, regardless of grade, who exhibit outstanding lacrosse talent as well as outstanding personal characteristics. Senior August "Mustang" Sally was selected for the 2019 Academic All American award. This award is for academic excellence and is highly competitive; a minimum 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale is a base requirement. Players must be seniors and may not also be one of the All-American selections. (Players can be nominated for both All American and Academic All American, but can only be selected for one honor).

Congratulations to all the Denver East Lacrosse award winners!


Denver East Alumnus joins coaching staff at Averett University

Denver East Alumnus Adrian "AJ" Harper will be joining the Men's Lacrosse program at Averett University in Virginia as a Graduate Assistant coach. He will be pursuing his MBA while coaching the NCAA DIII Cougars. 

AJ was a two year Varsity letterman with Denver East, graduating in 2015. He played NCAA DIII lacrosse four years for Huntingdon College in Alabama. While at Huntingdon, AJ helped lead the Hawks to a USA South Championship his junior year, and their second straight USA South Athletic Conference regular-season title his senior year. AJ was recognized as a First Team All-Conference player in 2019.


Denver East Angel receives 2020 U.S. Men's U19 Team Tryout Invite

Senior Cole Finley-Ponds is among 105 of the nation’s top young men’s lacrosse players invited to try out for the 2020 U.S. U19 team. The final team selected after the tryout process concludes will compete in the World Lacrosse Men’s U19 Championship from July 9-18, 2020 in Limerick, Ireland. Cole will join players from high schools in 20 different states, one current college freshman, 56 high school seniors and 48 high school juniors at the opening round of tryouts at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md., June 21-23. Following the first round of tryouts, approximately 50 players will be invited to move to the second round of tryouts, which will also be held at US Lacrosse, from July 12-14. From there, a 30-man roster will be selected to participate in training weekends in November 2019 and January 2020, after which the final 23-man roster will be selected.

Cole Finley-Ponds is a four-year Varsity letterman and served as a Team Captain in 2018 and 2019. He was a First Team Colorado All-State player in 2018 and an Honorable mention in 2017. He is a three time South Suburban League All-Conference player. He is nationally recognized as an Adrenaline All-American. Cole served as Denver East’s Head Boy for 2018-2019. Cole will be attending the Johns Hopkins University. Go Blue Jays!

New! King Soopers Community Rewards

Help raise funds for Denver East Lacrosse when you buy your groceries at King Soopers. King Soopers has a new easy, friendly process. You simply link your SooperCard to Friends of East-Manual Lacrosse and we will receive a percentage of all purchases!

Learn more and follow the instructions below to sign up:

What is Community Rewards?

King Soopers Community Rewards donates to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at King Soopers and swipe your SooperCard!

You must present your SooperCard or provide your Alternate ID at the register during the transaction for it to count toward the program.

A digital account is needed to participate in King Soopers Community Rewards. If you already have a digital account, you will need to ensure you have a SooperCard linked to your account so that your transactions apply toward the organization you choose.

How do I select an organization to support? 

Selecting the organization that you wish to support is as simple as updating the King Soopers Community Rewards selection on your digital account.

1. Sign in to your digital account (or create a new one).

2. Go here to search for your organization.

3. Enter Friends of East Manual Lacrosse or RS146.

4. Select the appropriate organization from the list and click “Save.”

Your selected organization will now display in the King Soopers Community Rewards section of your account, and you can always find more details, like the total you earn each quarter, under your Account details.

Any transactions moving forward using the SooperCard number associated with your digital account will be applied to the program. It takes approximately 10 days for your Community Rewards total to begin displaying on your receipt.