American Fork Boys, Mountain Ridge Girls Move Up in Polls; USU Women Beat BYU

Issue 57

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Week 3 Coaches Polls

No. 1 Corner Canyon cemented the No. 1 spot after beating No. 2 Park City, 20-10, on Tuesday. Deseret News Recap of the game from Tyler Haslam (no relation, but I’m certain he’s a great guy). The Chargers then dismantled Brighton, 21-3, on Friday. I’m working on a document that shows the amount of offense, measured by goals and assists, that Seniors on a team have tallied and what percentage that is of the entire team offense. I hate to be the bearer of bad news to non-Corner Canyon fans, but as it stands today, the Chargers only lose 27% of its goals and 26% of its assists to graduation this year. I suspect that number will stay the same as the season progresses. Corner Canyon has trotted out 5 different players to the face-off X: 4 Juniors and a Sophomore. Its starting goalie is a Junior (Ayden Santi) with a 75% save percentage. If I haven’t painted a clear enough picture (which is possible), the TL;DR version is that Corner Canyon could be even better next year. Obviously a lot can happen between now and the end of the season and even more between now and the beginning of next season, but the future is very, very bright for the Chargers. This week, Corner Canyon has away games at Pleasant Grove on Tuesday and Westlake on Thursday.

No. 2 Park City fell to Corner Canyon, 20-10, then got beat by then No. 10 American Fork on Friday, 14-12 (highlights below). About a third of the voters had cast their votes before the final score came in so I’m guessing the Miners may fall to a lower spot next week. The Miners host Springville on Wednesday then travel to Provo on Friday.

No. 3 Farmington opened region play with a 14-2 win over Box Elder and a 24-1 victory over Viewmont. The Phoenix have the week off for Spring Break before taking on Northridge on 4/7 and Wasatch on 4/9.

No. 4 Mountain Ridge beat Lehi on Tuesday, 19-2, then edged Alta, 13-7, on Thursday. The Sentinels take on Timpanogos on Tuesday.

No. 5 Olympus beat Skyridge, 12-4, then trounced Sky View, 24-1. After a week off, the Titans will host Box Elder on 4/9.

No. 6 American Fork rose 4 spots in the polls after beating East on Monday, 7-3, then No. 2 Park City on Friday, 14-12 (Recap from Jody Genessy). The Cavemen host No. 7 Lone Peak on Tuesday and head to Pleasant Grove on Thursday.

No. 7 Lone Peak beat Salem Hills on Tuesday, 19-1. A tilt on Tuesday against No. 6 American Fork and a home game on Thursday against Skyridge will transition into Spring Break for the Knights.

No. 8 Timpview beat Alta, 8-7, on Tuesday, then handled Timpanogos with ease on Thursday, 20-8. The T-Birds will host Mountain View today then travel to No. 10 Brighton on Friday.

Davis @ Fremont on Tuesday

No. 9 Davis beat Fremont on Tuesday, 12-8, to take control of Region 1. The Darts beat Clearfield on Thursday, 18-3. After Spring Break, the Darts will host No. 2 Park City on 4/6 and Syracuse on 4/8.

No. 10 Brighton beat Cedar Valley, 18-0, on Tuesday then lost to No. 1 Corner Canyon on Friday, 21-3. Brighton will host Green Canyon on Tuesday and No. 8 Timpview on Friday.

Boys Schedule
Monday
Mountain View @ No. 8 Timpview is the only game of the day.

Tuesday
Westlake @ Skyridge (both 3-1) is a key Region 4 matchup. Payson @ Cedar Valley should be a great game as the Aviators look for its first win. No. 7 Lone Peak @ No. 6 American Fork should be a great game.

Wednesday
Utah Military Academy at Judge should be a great test as each team seeks its first win. Waterford @ Juan Diego used be one of the premier rivalries in the state and this one should be a great game.

Thursday
Three great games in Region 4: Skyridge @ No. 7 Lone Peak, No. 1 Corner Canyon @ Westlake, No. 7 American Fork @ Pleasant Grove.

Friday
Spanish Fork @ Springville will likely be the most competitive while No. 8 Timpview @ No. 10 Brighton will have the most impact.

No. 1 Park City continues to dominate with a 17-4 win over Herriman on Monday. The Miners host No. 5 Waterford on Friday.

No. 2 Brighton bested Juan Diego on Thursday, 19-2. The Bengals face Jordan on Tuesday and Bingham on Thursday.

No. 3 Alta beat Timpview on Tuesday, 22-8, but lost to unranked at the time Mountain Ridge, 16-10. The Hawks will take on Lehi on Tuesday before Spring Break.

No. 4 Mountain Ridge is a newcomer to the lacrosse scene and also this week's coaches poll. The Sentinels beat Lehi on Tuesday, 19-0, then beat No. 3 Alta, 16-10, in the closest game so far this season. Mountain Ridge is back in action on 4/6 against familiar foe Herriman and 4/8 against Riverton. Junior Morgan Mackey is leading the team with 21 goals and 4 assists, including 6 against Alta. Senior Kylie Mortensen leads the Sentinels draw controls with 24 out of 30.

No. 5 Waterford beat then ranked No. 7 American Fork, 16-10, on Tuesday and then ranked No. 9 Corner Canyon on Friday, 14-12. The Ravens face Juan Diego on Wednesday and No. 1 Park City on Friday.

No. 6 Corner Canyon beat Provo on Tuesday, 24-3, then lost to then ranked No. 6 Waterford. Despite being 2-4 overall, Corner Canyon has lost only to the teams above them: No. 1 Park City, No. 2 Brighton, No. 3 Alta and No. 5 Waterford. The Chargers will take on Pleasant Grove on Tuesday and Westlake on Friday.

No. 7 Skyridge didn't play last week and will take on Westlake on Tuesday and Lone Peak on Thursday.

No. 8 West Jordan fell to unranked Riverton on Tuesday, 18-13, but beat rival Copper Hills on Thursday, 23-10. The Jaguars will have the week off for Spring Break before taking on Woods Cross on 4/8. Junior standout Sydnee Brinton leads the team with 30 goals which is second in the state.

No. 9 Riverton caught the coaches' eye after beating West Jordan on Tuesday, 18-13, and Jordan on Thursday, 14-12. The Silverwolves have the week off and will host Olympus on 4/6 and No. 4 Mountain Ridge on 4/8.

No. 10 American Fork lost to Waterford, 16-10 on Tuesday and will take on Lone Peak this Tuesday.

College Update

Mens
Utah fell to Mercer, 15-10, on Saturday (Recap | Box Score). The Utes will head to Boston to face the Terriers on Saturday at 9 a.m MT on ESPN+.

Westminster fell to Lake Erie on Friday, 10-9 (Recap | Box Score), then lost to No. 3 Mercyhurst, 18-12, on Saturday (Recap | Box Score). The Griffins open RMAC play this Friday against No. 19 Colorado Mesa at Dumke Field. Westminster has won the last three meetings between the two schools.

BYU beat Dominican, 20-5, on Saturday. The Cougars will host Concordia-Irvine on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Boise State on Friday at 2 p.m. No fans are currently allowed.

UVU bested Boise State, 13-5, on Saturday and will take on Dominican today at Noon.

Womens
Westminster lost to Colorado Mesa, 18-11 (Recap | Box Score). The Griffins will host Fort Lewis on Thursday at 4 p.m. then take to the road to face Adams State on Saturday at noon.

Utah State beat BYU for the first time in program history, 17-5. The two teams will square off again this Saturday in Logan.

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UVU beat Weber State, 14-1. The Wolverines will host BYU on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

News & Notes

If you’re not following on Instagram (you should, it’s where I’m the most active), then you missed these gems from loyal ULR readers Tony Parkinson and Burke Staker.

1988 Highland Jersey c/o Tony Parkinson

1987-88 Highland Yearbook c/o Tony Parkinson

1992 Waterford Team Photo c/o Burke Staker

1991-92 Waterford Yearbook c/o Burke Staker

Staker said about his time playing, “I started playing for Waterford in 1989 with Bob Capner. I transferred to Alta in 91’ and then played with Judge against Alta in 91’ and 92’.  Incidentally, we at Waterford did refer to our annual game against Judge as the State Championship every year. Capner was our coach and also the ref, he was the only guy there that really knew all the rules. I am now the Program Director for Alta Boys Youth Lacrosse and have coached every age. I don't know how old Capner was when he coached us (and was my homeroom teacher), but that dude was fast and had amazing stick work. The gloves back then sucked and you could barely feel the stick and that guy was a master.

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— Tim Haslam