There are five Division II lacrosse super regionals being hosted in Houston next weekend as teams vie for the right to advance to state.
Under the direction of coach Tyler Tyson, Klein won the city championship to be the No. 1 seed heading into the tournaments.
Here is the prospectus for the super regional playoffs.
No. 1 Seed
City Playoff Results: Stratford W 12-3, The Woodlands D2 W 9-5, Langham Creek W 10-6.
Who to Watch: Led by all-state goalie Kolby Barnett and defensemen Ryan Crouch (All State), Keatin Davis and Reed Smith. Klein lax shut down two very good offenses in Woodlands D2 and Langham Creek. The scoring came from the “most balanced offense” coach Tyson has had with Klein in four seasons. Seniors Avery Zirkle, Colson Burgoyne, Matt Clinton, Will Sutter and Miles Awe all contributed in the scoring throughout the city playoffs. The attack led by juniors Austin Peyton and Dennis Ames has been a matchup problem for all opponents.
Playoff Outlook: Klein Lacrosse will host the super regional and have a first round matchup of Atascocita. The region will also have the No.3 North (Dallas) seed and No. 2 Central (Austin) team. Klein Lacrosse will look to advance to the state Final Four round for the first time since 2012 when they lost to Highland Park D2 in the state championship game.
No. 2 Seed
*City Playoff Results: *Pearland W 14-3, Magnolia W 9-4, Klein L 6-10.
Who to Watch: Four all-state players, three all-district players and the back to back Coach of the Year. This squad is loaded with talent and showed that throughout the regular season with a 16-3 overall record. Led by junior Tyler Johnson, who scored the THSLL Houston D2 leagues most goals and junior Blake Sitterly. The Lobo defense is anchored by sophomore Tyler Wardlow, junior Austin Alvarado and junior Will Thompson.
Playoff Outlook: LC will travel to the Central Regional and play the North No. 5 seed in the first round. The overall No. 1 ranked team in the state, Georgetown, will be in the bracket as well. LC played Georgetown earlier in the season and fell short 3-8. The Lobos will look to make the state final four for the first time in program history.
No. 3 Seed
The Woodlands D2
City Playoff Results: Cy Woods W 14-2, Klein L 5-9, Magnolia W 8-5.
Who to Watch: As talented as any team in the state D2 ranks, The Woodlands D2 has a very young roster and will look to play their best lacrosse over the next few weeks. Junior David Kosche (all-state) carries the load offensively while sophomore Ethan Dellmore (all-state) and sophomore goalie Kyle Cash (all-state) lead the defense. The Woodlands D2 plays fast and when clicking are one of the strongest teams in the playoffs.
Playoff Outlook: The Woodlands D2 will travel to the San Antonio Regional and be matched up with the North No. 2 seed in the first round. Also in the bracket will be San Antonio’s No. 1 seed Reagan, who the Woodlands previously beat in the regular season 5-4.
No. 4 Seed
City Playoff Results: Atascocita W 8-6, Langham Creek L 4-9, Woodlands D2 L 5-8.
Who to Watch: Magnolia finished the regular season strong winning the last four games and first in the city playoff round. But the offense couldn’t keep up with the defense as they fell short in the city playoffs. Magnolia is big and athletic on defense and looks to use that to their advantage in every match up. Senior Hunter Hall is the beast every team wishes they had and struggles to go up against.
Playoff Outlook: Magnolia will play the North No. 1 seed in the first round of the regional playoff. History shows us that the North No. 1 may be the most difficult matchup, but at this point all the teams are good and anything can happen. Magnolia will hope to make it out of the regionals and make the state final four for first time in program history.
No. 5 Seed
City Playoff Results: Magnolia L 6-8, Pearland W 8-6, Stratford W 10-9
Who to Watch: Atascocita makes the playoff after taking mountain-sized steps forward. Last seasons D3 champions, Atascocita, made the jump up and finished with an impressive 13-5 season. Senior Nick Doxey is “Mr. Do It All” for the Eagles. The Eagles are also led by coach Taylor Brooks and assistant Chris Wilken, who own championship rings from the last time a Houston team won the lacrosse state championship with the Cy-Fair Ironmen back in 2008.
Playoff Outlook: Atascocita draws a familiar opponent with Klein Lacrosse. The two teams played each other at the beginning of April with Klein winning 13-5. Atascocita will be looking to win their first ever D2 regional playoff game.