PSD wins big game during heartfelt senior night


Senior Brady Hintz blowing by a Columbine player during their senior night victory.

Dylan Heinrich, Sports Writer

On Monday, May 3, the Poudre School District boys lacrosse team celebrated their senior night with a win, defeating Columbine High School 9-7. 

What made this game different was that it took place at Fossil Ridge High School as opposed to the usual French Field. For that fact, this game meant a lot more to a Fossil senior, Brady Hintz, with getting the opportunity to play at the school he is graduating from.

“It just means a lot…Usually when we have home games it’s never truly home. Fossil Ridge is home and it means a lot to play on this field one last time,” Hintz said.

Hintz was one of eleven seniors honored on Monday, with five of those players graduating from Fossil. He got the opportunity to walk down the field shoulder-to-shoulder with his family, surrounded by his teammates. Like most, Hintz was blown away by the display.

“Lacrosse has been a part of my life for fourteen years now… Walking with my parents who drove me to youth practice, high school practice, and [were] there for every single game just means so much to me,” Hintz said. 

Hintz and his family during the team’s halftime celebration.

However, the team was not feeling positive heading into halftime, trailing 1-3 halfway through the contest. Fortunately, the team was able to flip the script and dominate the second half, outscoring Columbine 8-4. PSD was able to use the excitement and emotion from the halftime ceremony and channel it into the game at hand.

“Coach said, ‘This is the seniors’ last night, we need to step it up,’ and that motivated everybody else… Everyone made it a great night,” explained Hintz.

The team is not just satisfied with a great senior night though, as they prepare for a deep postseason run. PSD currently ranks sixth in both the coaches and RPI rankings, putting them in prime position to make a run at the title. However, the team cannot look too far ahead, as they have one more game facing Thunder Ridge High School on May 6.

“We’re feeling good right now. We just need to finish out this next game and put ourselves in a good position for playoffs. We have to do that and have a good recovery week… We’ll do the hard work now and it’ll pay off later. We just need to keep our foot on the gas and keep it rolling into the playoffs,” concluded Hintz.

Hintz with his teammates after the game against Columbine.