Posted Sun May 17th, 2015 9:14:AM
Bryce Parietti, Jack Bobzien bring local flair to Denver lacrosse
Three years ago at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Bryce Parietti and Jack Bobzien celebrated Arapahoe High School's big-school state lacrosse title. Parietti was named MVP of the championship game, and Bobzien watched from the sideline, weeks after separating his shoulder.
On Saturday on the same field, Parietti and Bobzien will make up two-thirds of the University of Denver's second-line midfield in the biggest college lacrosse event in state history.
The first NCAA Tournament quarterfinal in Denver features top-ranked Notre Dame against the Albany (N.Y) Great Danes at 1 p.m. followed by the No. 3 Pioneers vs. Ohio State at 3:30 p.m. It's something to behold for Rick Parietti, Bryce's father and a former two-time all-state attackman at Cherry Creek where he played 1978-80, when big-time NCAA lacrosse was dominated by Eastern players.
"It's going to be great day," said Rick Parietti, 53. "Great day watching DU and a great day watching Notre Dame and Albany. It's awesome that it's here. The growth of the game has been amazing, and so fun to see."
Bryce Parietti and his older brother, Ryan, who played lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania, have gone where their father only dreamed of going.
"When he played, DU didn't even have a D-I (Division I) team," Bryce said. "Air Force was the only team out west. Nowadays for Colorado kids, there is a lot of opportunity — particularly at Denver. It's pretty cool."
Two teams will advance from Denver to play each other at the May 22 NCAA Final Four in Philadelphia. DU and Notre Dame are looking to make consecutive trips to championship weekend. The Fighting Irish lost to Duke in the title game last year, two days after the Pioneers were knocked out by the Blue Devils in the semifinals.
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