This season is shaping up to be a good one for local high school lacrosse programs.
There are two local teams, with a Poudre School District squad competing in Class 5A and Windsor in 4A.
PSD had planned to add a second boys team starting next season, but that plan has been pushed back two years.
Here’s a look at the two local teams as the season hits its stride.
Fort Collins Unified Vipers
The Vipers, a district team made up of players from all Fort Collins high schools, are off to a 2-1 start including an overtime win over Windsor, the No. 2 team in 4A.
FCU spent spring break at a camp in San Diego, training for five days with a retired marine to prepare for the season.
The Vipers return many key players from last year. Jake Higdon scored the most goals last season among returners and he had a hat trick against Windsor. Ben Rugh is another valuable offensive piece, and Alex Winkler has a lot of experience in goal.
Under second-year coach Marty Schriefer, the Vipers are looking to return to contender status in 5A.
The Wizards lost in the 4A quarterfinals last season and have sights set higher this year.
Windsor is ranked No. 2 in 4A after beating ranked teams in Valor Christian and Steamboat Springs. Despite the setback against Fort Collins Unified, the Wizards are a contender in 4A.
Twelve seniors headline the experienced group. Some key athletes are Hunter Hop, KC Scott, Josh Bloss, Clay Grave, Chris Ahl and Canisius College commit Jake Hardy.
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