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Mustangs drop a close one, 8-7 to CA

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Three games and Mullen boys lacrosse has already experienced a lot of what a season has to offer.

First, the Mustangs fought through and beat usually good Wheat Ridge.

Next was a whipping of serious proportion at the hands of rival Regis Jesuit.

And what happened on Friday? Mullen went into nearby Slater Field and dropped an 8-7 decision to host Colorado Academy -- which has earned double-figure victories in eight of the past 10 seasons -- one in which it led 3-0, couldn’t hold the lead, then just missed leveling the score in the final seconds.

Now at 1-2 in nonleague, Mullen has spent a couple of months over the past seven days.

“That was anybody’s game,” head coach Kevin O’Brien said.

Indeed, it was hotly contested, it turned chippy and both sides outwardly had problems with some of the calls, but, as O’Brien said afterward, “we needed to execute and we didn’t execute. The frustrations on the game were shared by both teams.”

Mullen opened by grabbing a 3-0 lead less than 9 minutes into the game, the scores coming from Johnny Grow, Richie Connell and junior Jack Berger, who later went out with a concussion. The lead was 4-1 after the first 12 minutes.

However, it gradually turned. Mullen’s offense output slowed. Its defense sprang a few leaks. And Colorado Academy, now 3-0, fared well on face-offs and gathering loose balls, and scored on a couple of stellar shots.

CA took the lead for good on a late, 4-minute stretch to end the third quarter, grabbing a 7-6 edge. Another score midway through the fourth quarter provided a cushion, although a goal by Mullen’s Nolan Burgett with 22.1 seconds kept it interesting. Mullen actually grabbed the ensuing possession, but couldn’t finish.

Still, O’Brien liked the effort.

“We didn’t quit (after the 19-1 Regis Jesuit loss),” he said. “It’s huge for us. We have to compete and we competed with (CA) the whole way.”

Elijah Rueth had goals in the middle two quarters and Nathanael Hart scored at the end of the first.

“We have to button up some things,” O’Brien said. “But we’ll get there.”

 Mullen will be idle until March 23, when it will be at Castle View in Castle Rock, 7 p.m.



Mullen 4  1  1  1  -- 7

Colo. Acad. 1  2  4  1  -- 8

Mullen goals – Elijah Rueth 2, Jack Berger, Nolan Burgett, Richie Connell, Johnny Grow, Nathan Hart,

Mullen shots on goal – 26.

Rival Raiders paste Mustangs 19-1

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

It was over quickly. It was done before sunset, the mercy rule was implemented and Mullen’s coach knew this was a very real possibility.

In what must have been one of the more-lopsided results in their considerable parochial-rival history, Regis Jesuit pasted Mullen 19-1 in nonleague boys lacrosse on Wednesday evening. In their season opener, the host Raiders practically ran the Mustangs, now 1-1, off the turf at Lou Kellogg Stadium from the opening whistle and there wasn’t much they could do about it, save for taking it.

It happens.

Plus, Mullen mistakes compounded its problems regularly.

“That was the thing and we talked about it after Saturday’s game (a victory over Wheat Ridge) leading up to this one,” Mustangs coach Kevin O’Brien said. “We had to play mistake-free lacrosse and we can’t give the Regises of the world extra possessions and turn the ball over and give them the ball back. It didn’t burn us Saturday, but it did burn us tonight. When you play a really top-level team like Regis, they’re gonna put that ball in the back of the net and that’s what happened.”

It did. Regis Jesuit erupted early in rolling to seven goals in less than 8 minutes to start the game. The Raiders, a popular choice to take this season’s championship in late May, were all over Mustangs goalie Bill Ciu, at one point scoring on five consecutive shots. They would score a goal, then gather the face-off or a loose ball off the face-off and fly in virtually uncontested for a goal.

The Raiders were better skilled, but also decidedly faster.

“They’re fast and they run their systems and they play disciplined, and if you make mistakes they make you pay,” O’Brien said.

Nathanael Hart’s goal for the Mustangs late in the second quarter interrupted Regis Jesuit’s nine-goal run. The Raiders followed with another 10 goals. In all, 11 Raiders scored a goal and they added a seven-goal third quarter. And Mullen was outshot 44-20.

“We went up against a tough team and that’s why we played them,” O’Brien said of the Raiders. “We have 13 games ahead of us.”

Next up for Mullen is a Friday roadie, 4 p.m., at Colorado Academy.



Mullen      0  1  0  0  -- 1

Regis Jesuit 8  2  7  2  -- 19

Regis Jesuit goals – Erickson 3, Kassal 3, Maly 3, J. Ringhofer 2, Rizzi 2, Babcock, D. Mata, V. Mata, Peter, N. Ringhofer, Taylor.

Mullen goal – Nathanael Hart.


Grow lifts Mustangs over Wheat Ridge 9-5

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

In the second half of a dark, cold night always relative to Colorado spring sports no matter if it’s at the beginning of the season or at its climax, Mullen started to grow … as in Johnny Grow, a senior who caught much-needed fire.

Grow rang up a four-goal game, scoring three after halftime, on Saturday night as Mullen opened its boys lacrosse season with a 9-5 decision of visiting Wheat Ridge in Class 5A nonleague at a suddenly quite cold Brother Bernard Kinneavy De La Salle Stadium.

“A great start, absolutely,” Mustangs head coach Kevin O’Brien said.

The Jefferson County Farmers rallied from a couple of deficits and it was what O’Brien anticipated.

“They pressed us and we’ve been working on handling pressure in practices,” the coach said. “That was the big thing we were struggling with in our scrimmages.”

Mullen spotted Wheat Ridge a 1-0 lead, then grabbed control. Elijah Reuth and Nolan Burgett scored to give the Mustangs a lead they never relinquished and Nate Hart made it 3-1 inside the final minute of the first quarter.

Grow scored Mullen’s next three goals, the third inside the opening minute of the final quarter. It helped overcome Wheat Ridge’s final move that got it within 6-5 with 8 minutes to play. Jack Berge and Brandon Hane wrapped scores around Grow’s final goal to seal it.

“Just trying hard to let this team do the job it’s supposed to do, just a lot of teamwork,” Grow said. “I had a lot of good scoring opportunities ... I just found the back of the net somehow.”

Said O’Brien of Grow: “That’s the best I’ve seen him play.”

In addition, when the Farmers were able to get through the Mullen defense or grab assorted advantages through transition or penalties, goalie Bill Ciu frequently turned in big saves.

“Bill, first game ever starting on varsity, did a great job early, too, he made some good saves,” O’Brien said.

The ambitious nonleague schedule for Mullen continues with a match at rival Regis Jesuit on Wednesday, then a Friday matchup at Colorado Academy. The Mustangs will be seeking carryover from Saturday.

“It was a great start and I think we’re going to feed off it and just get better and better,” Grow said.



Wheat Ridge 1 0 2 2 – 5

Mullen 3 1 1 4 – 9

Mullen goals – Johnny Grow 4, Jack Berger, Nolan Burgett, Brandon Hane, Ethan Hart, Elijah Rueth.


Spring Preview: Mustangs stickmen lined up and ready

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

The always interesting Centennial League, a group of suburban powers that usually dominates or is right there with Colorado’s big-school best, should also be worth watching in boys lacrosse.

Indeed, the eight-team outlay has enjoyed several seasons of being top-heavy, but 2018 may prove to be as competitive as it ever has been.

And count Mullen in the mix.

“I think we’ll be fighting for those 2-through-4 spots (in the standings),” Mustangs head coach Kevin O’Brien said. “It should be between us, (Cherry) Creek, Arapahoe, Grandview and (Cherokee) Trail, all five fighting for those 1-2-3-4-5 spots.”

The Mustangs were 5-10 in 2017, 4-3 in league. They were outscored by an aggregate 145-115, but their two records had ample opportunities to be turned around a bit.

“Our goal is to get into the postseason,” O’Brien said. “We’re returning a lot of pieces. We lost three one-goal games (in 2017). If we can improve and turn those around, we’ll be in good shape.”

O’Brien said his top guy is Collin O’Brien, a four-year starter at longstick middie. He’s considering attending the Air Force Academy. There’s also Elijah Rueth, midfielder and second-team all-league; Richie Connell, another second-teamer at attack; and defenders Gage Gillis and Zach Krause.

In addition, the Mustangs will have Johnny Grow, Nolan Burgett, Nate Hart and Jack Burke.

Mullen’s biggest question mark entering play will be in goal, where O’Brien said he’s excited about Haoxuan (they call him Bill) Cui, who played with the U-19 Chinese National Team.

“He’s doing some good things,” Coach O’Brien said, adding that Jacob Larson will add depth to the position.

The Mustangs will open on Saturday, March 10, at home against Wheat Ridge, 6 p.m.

O’Brien said “we’ll be playing one of the toughest schedules, against seven of the top-10 teams.” More importantly, he added, “from top to bottom, all of our levels are strong and should be very competitive. The talent we have for the lower-level guys is pretty evident, so good things will continue.”


Kormondy to be honored by Mustangs

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Brian Kormondy, shown here playing for the Denver Outlaws, soon will join Mullen High's Alumni Professional Hall of Honor. (Photo courtesy of Kormondy)

One of Mullen’s ever-developing historical clubs will soon grow by one member.

On Oct. 21, homecoming weekend, the Mustangs will make an addition to its Alumni Professional Hall of Honor – Brian Kormondy, a pro lacrosse player.

“I am so excited by it and appreciably humbled by the whole thing,” Kormondy said. “What they’re doing with the school is incredible.”

From the Class of 2010, Kormondy also played ice hockey as well as football as a freshman. An attackman, he was strong enough to attract college interest and landed in Delaware, where he starred for the Blue Hens. After an injury and redshirt year, he was switched to midfield to serve on the scout team, became a starter midway through the 2011 season and stayed that way.

And it got better. Delaware and Kormondy won the Colonial Conference in his redshirt year and fell to Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Hens were unable to match that team success, struggling against the likes of conference powers Hofstra and Towson State, but Kormondy twice was an all-Colonial player, was named team captain and played in the North-South All-Star Game.

Kormondy earned a degree in business and marketing before getting drafted by the Ohio Machine in Major League Lacrosse. Last year, he was picked up by the Denver Outlaws and won the championship. Then it was on to the Charlotte Hounds. Such is life for players getting bumped off MLL rosters.

Saying he’s now “in the free-agent mode,” Kormondy added that “we’ll see what happens at the back end of the season (the playoffs are in August).”

Having now understood “how difficult it is to stay on a roster” in the MLL, Kormondy is confident “I still have another year or two to give it a shot … I’ll do it for as long as I can physically.”

Currently working for a small real-estate planning firm in Littleton that designs and manages life-insurance portfolios, Kormondy eagerly awaits his induction, as does Sean Keefe, Mullen’s Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement.

"Brian's success isn't a surprise,” Keefe said. “He comes from an incredible family and has always been focused and goal-driven. What's refreshing is his lack of ego. Those of us who knew him when he was a student at Mullen remember Brian as a tremendous competitor who also understood that a life outside of athletics was just as important. His quality relationships and strong family bonds are an example of the latter." 

Interestingly, Kormondy will go into the hall a year after friend Erik Smith was inducted. Now, Smith and Kormondy will join Oliver “Bo” Scaife, ’99, football; Scott Wedman, ’70, basketball; Danielle Foxhoven, ’08, soccer; Ryan Hewitt, ’09, football; Clint Zavaras, ‘85 baseball; and Mark Holzemer, ’87, baseball.

Joining Kormondy in October will be Alex Smith, ’00, football, and Mike Trujillo, ’78, baseball.

Smith also played lacrosse professionally and he and Kormondy were tight.

“He and I met before my freshman year and he went to Air force and we both became captains,” Kormondy said of Smith, who played for Boston and Florida before also getting bumped off a roster. “He graduated ahead of me and my banner will be right next to his.”

And it will be there to perhaps inspire others.

“It’s such a huge honor and I’m excited to be able to have my picture up there and leave somewhat of a legacy,” Kormondy said. “And maybe some kid will say, ‘Hey, he went to Mullen. I can go play, live my dream and accomplish my goals. It’s both cool and humbling.”

A Mustang to A Pio

By Neil H. Devlin
Mullen Sports Information Specialist

Aaron Boyd has played other sports, yes. But none of them, in his opinion, measure up to lacrosse in any way, shape or form.  For him, it’s lacrosse first, last and forever.

“I think I like the speed of the game, you’ve got to be fast, play fast and play hard,” the recently graduated Mullen senior said. “It’s a whole different game than other sports. Growing up, I loved sports and always played baseball and stuff, but it was too slow. In lacrosse, you read and react. It’s at a good pace and it keeps you going.”  It also will keep him going to college. Boyd, a native Coloradan, will play at the University of Denver. The Pioneers will take on Maryland on Saturday in the national semifinals and they already have former Mustangs Nick Phillips and Mikey Pryor.

Call it a Mullen connection. Mustangs head coach Kevin O’Brien also played at DU, as did assistant coach Clark Woodard.  An offensive middie, Boyd has earned his chance, O’Brien said, through hard work.  “He’s skilled and was one of our leaders,” O’Brien said.

All three, O’Brien added, “have a reason they’re going there and it’s because of what they do day in, day out. They’re out there shooting before and after practice.”  Plus, O’Brien said, “their grades are great.”  He also coaches a seventh-grade team and those players would frequently ask who that guy was who was always the last one on the field. It was Boyd.

And Boyd had a plan.  “I first started playing in eighth grade and I always wanted to go to DU,” he said.

A starter for the Mustangs since late in his freshman year, Boyd had relatively modest numbers the past season with 26 goals and 11 assists. However, opposing teams knew what they had to do to stop the Mustangs, who ended 5-10, and that was to defend Boyd, so he frequently found himself in traffic late in late afternoon in Denver.

Plus, Mullen’s schedule was as good as any other team’s. It took on the likes of regular Colorado heavyweights Kent Denver, Regis Jesuit, Arapahoe, Cherry Creek, Columbine and a few out-of-staters.  It bodes well for Mullen moving forward. It lost only eight seniors and was junior-dominated. Plus, the caliber of play should only make the Mustangs better.

“Mullen has never won a state championship, but always been a top-level program,” O’Brien said. “This year, we were 5-10, but we were one of the only schools to play all of those top programs. When you play a tough schedule, I think that’s a draw. And it has been tough (with previous coaching changes) … we want to get back to where Mullen was in the 2000s and keep the coaching staff around.”

It helps developing players such as Boyd, who bought into the program and school, including with a 3.8 grade-point average.  And the next step? Phillips is seeing some minutes with the Pioneers and Pryor has played even less. It’s part of advancing in the game. Boyd says he’ll be patient.

“(DU team officials) told me I would never play (defense) and can look forward to offense,” Boyd said. “I’ll just do the best I can, try to get playing time my freshman year, but if not … so there could be some possibilities.  “I’m going to work hard and give my best.”


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