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'Stangs grab first league title

By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Mullen cruises past Eaglecrest 13-1 for at least a share of the 5A League No. 1 crown; one more regular-season match to go, but it also will be the first banner in The Hutch for boys lacrosse.
GREENWOOD VILLAGE – Make room on the walls of The Hutch …

Mullen rolled Eaglecrest 13-1 on a cold, dark Monday night to clinch at least a tie for Class 5A League No. 1. The Mustangs, who leveled their overall record at 7-7, improved to 6-0 in the loop. A victory on Wednesday night in the regular-season finale against Smoky Hull (6 p.m. at Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium) will give them the title outright. They also own the tiebreaker against runner-up Lewis-Palmer in the event they boht finish with one league loss.

And it will be the first banner to be hung at Hutchison Fieldhouse courtesy of boys lacrosse.

As it has been stated, you never forget your first … in anything.

“It’s exciting,” senior Connor Warren said. “It is. It’s fun to be a part of.”

Mustangs head coach Matt Cawley said “it will be official (sole league champion) on Wednesday as long as we finish what we’ve started.

“It’s very cool, it feels good, really good … I’m proud of these guys for what they’ve done, especially with all of the adversity and nonsense.”

Inner problems were accompanied by forfeited matches earlier in the season, but the Mustangs have won three matches in succession and six of their past seven.

Cawley said he didn’t think his team played that well on Monday, save for defender Wyatt Hart, a sophomore, but Nicky Bond and Ethan Karr each scored three times. Owen Hearty and Ed Konizeski each went for two scores and Chris Bougie, Ethan Muller and Warren had singles.

Concerning assists, Warren had two and Bond, Bougie, Dom Flores, Toby Grosso, Hearty and Konizeski also broke into the points category.  

Eaglecrest  0  0  1  0  --  1

Mullen  4  3  4  2  --  13

Mullen goals – Nicky Bond 3, Ethan Karr 3, Owen Hearty 2, Ed Konizeski 2, Chris Bougie, Ethan Muller, Connor Warren.

Mullen assists – Connor Warren 2, Nicky Bond, Chris Bougie, Dom Flores, Toby Grosso, Owen Hearty, Ed Konizeski.  

Eaglecrest goal – Brendon O’Brien.

Eaglecrest assist – Everett Breniser.

Mullen saves – Noah Wanja.

Mullen face-offs – Max Thomason and Jaxon Heil were 14-for-18.