Ranch lacrosse no longer flying under radar

The Falcons' Jared Gomes (17) and John Gratix (42) double up on an Eaglecrest player Mar. 9 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Photo by Courtney Johnson
Highlands Ranch's Tyler Doskins (22) goes in for a shot during a Mar. 9 game against Eaglecrest at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Photo by Courtney Johnson
Highlands Ranch's Declan Smith shuts down an Eaglecrest opponent Mar. 9 at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch. Photo by Courtney Johnson
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In its fourth year of existence, the Highlands Ranch High School boys lacrosse team is poised to make some noise.

With such a young team in 2009, which ended with an appearance in the state playoffs, the Falcons return 22 varsity players.

Just because the team was young, didn’t mean it wasn’t competitive last year. The roster’s underclassmen accounted for 104 of the 119 goals and 51 of its 71 assists.

Among the team’s possible standouts this season is defenseman Tom Gerwick, who logged 60 takeaways as a sophomore last season. Goalie Eric Arthurs was one of the team’s key players last season with 259 saves, second in the state. He returns between the pipes for the Falcons.

Twin brother Grant Arthurs also returns. The middie found the back of the net 38 times last year and was 16th in the state in goals. On the attack, Tyler Doskins and Will Fay scored 18 and 10 goals, respectively, last year and are expected to put up the numbers again.

Sophomore middie Joe Hansley also should be among those to light up the scoreboard after a freshman season with 21 goals and 13 assists.

One major change for the team from last season is in its coaching staff. Drew F.P. Beedy succeeds Matt Thomas as head coach of Falcons boys lacrosse starting. A teacher at Highlands Ranch in the business education department, Beedy coached varsity lacrosse for nine years in Maine.

Curtis Fulton also was brought into the program as an assistant coach this year.