After falling in overtime of the state championship game last season, few seniors on the Cheyenne Mountain boy's lacrosse team wanted to return to the field more than midfielders James LaCerte, Kyle Elligott and goaltender Liam Hybl.
"We had a lot of unfinished business," Hybl said.
"One of the big pictures to see is you have to cherish every moment that you have, especially with the team," Elligott said.
Three key members of an Indians team that saw unprecedented program success during their four-year high school careers. Including their first 4A state championship in an upset win of Dawson in 2018.
"That clock running to zero, upsetting that No. 1 team, was pretty incredible," Hybl said.
"The state championship win was definitely my favorite memory," LaCerte said.
A school focused on building both character and championships, head coach Mike Paige taught the team lessons on and off the field.
"We went to San Diego and trained with the Navy Seals, it was a fun experience," Elligott said.
Over the years, the team took numerous bonding trips across the country, experiences which turned young boys into grown men.
"Life isn't always going to work out how you want so this is one of those situations," LaCerte said. "Learning that from him (Coach Paige) helped with this whole situation too."
Key perspective which helped a talented senior class savor all the special moments, instead of focusing on those COVID-19 took away.
"I think the one thing I took from this, and James and Kyle too, is being able to look back and realize that we did create something special and had a lot of great moments," Hybl said.
Forever champions, we salute the Cheyenne Mountain boy's lacrosse team, this week's Colorado Springs Orthopedic Group Athlete's of the Week.