High School Playoffs Start Tomorrow: Let the Games Begin!
Issue 92 - Plus, MCLA Championships Rewind
Good morning lacrosse fans. Well, here we are, it’s playoff time! Before we dig into all the brackets, I get asked all the time how people can support the Utah Lax Report. There are a couple of ways:
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ULR x Tribal West Bracket Challenge
Once again, we have teamed up with our sponsors at Tribal West Lacrosse for a bracket challenge! The first-place winner from each bracket will receive a $25 gift from Tribal West Lacrosse. You can only win once but feel free to fill out each bracket. Ties will be handled by drawing entry names out of a hat. Brackets will close at 3 PM on Tuesday. Good luck!
I also created this page to keep track of the playoffs in one spot. I will update it after each game day.
Boys High School
The Top 11 teams have a first-round bye and will play on Thursday.
No. 12 Roy (8-10) v. No. 21 West (0-12)
Roy Key Players: Colby Dickson (33G, 15A), Kotah Sudyka (62% Faceoff)
West Key Players: No Stats Entered
This one should go the way of the Royals who will be rewarded with a second-round game against No. 5 Mountain Ridge.
“We had an up and down season this year,” said Roy Head Coach Zach Colohan. “We started a little slow but then got playing pretty good before having a few really bad games in a row. Hopefully, we can get back to Royal lacrosse and we should be able to have a great showing in the playoffs. We need to get back to our brand of defense and offense. Physical and effort-based defense and run in transition type offense. We are a defense-based team and we are best when we are in transition. We have a great group of kids who want to finish out strong so hopefully, we can put it all together for the next couple of weeks.
No. 13 Riverton (8-8) v. No. 20 Layton (1-15)
Riverton Key Players: Colton Rasmussen (25G, 4A), Adam Shulsen (21G, 12A)
Layton Key Players: Mason Webster (13G), Todd Bowden (66% save average)
Riverton should cruise to victory using great faceoff play from Sophomore Zane Johansen and Freshman goalie Colton Tueller. Rasmussen and Shulsen lead the Silverwolves offense that should be too much for the Lancers to handle. No. 4 Weber awaits the winner.
“This season was a great opportunity for our team to grow and develop,” said Layton Head Coach Conner Pendergast. “Tuesday is all about playing good fundamental lacrosse and maintaining a clear headspace for the entirety of the game. We’ll rely on Davis Rydman, Mason Webster and Jackson Kammeyer.”
No. 14 Skyridge (7-9) v. No. 19 West Jordan (5-13)
Skyridge Key Players: Barrett Heilner (31G, 37A), Shaeden Stevens (48G, 10A)
West Jordan Key Players: William Bailey (36G, 13A), James Hall (50GB, 33TA)
This could be a sneaky matchup but the stats favor the Falcons in this one. The winner gets No. 3 American Fork.
No. 15 Copper Hills (8-8) v. No. 18 Syracuse (3-13)
Copper Hills Key Players: Lucas Abbott (36G, 16A), Logan Kofford (69% save average)
Syracuse Key Players: Aaron Hansen (28G, 12A), Noah Braegger (70GB, 40TA)
The Syracuse defense is giving up 13.3 goals per game while Copper Hills is allowing just 7.4 per game. You know what they say, ‘defense wins championships’ or first-round games in this case. The winner will travel to No. 2 Davis.
“Our season was a bit of a roller coaster,” said Copper Hills Head Coach Shawn Lovell. “We had some games we felt we let slip away that could have left us in a better position for playoffs, but those games and experiences I think will help us for a playoff run. The key for us to succeed in any game is getting a good start in the first quarter and getting quality shots. We can't afford to play catch-up throughout the game. I think everyone out there knows our key players by now so it will be interesting to see who steps up as a surprise player more than anything in the playoffs.”
“Our key players to watch are Noah Braegger and Carson Rountree,” said Syracuse Head Coach Jonah Warnick. “Both are first-year lacrosse players but they hustle harder than everyone on the field and are both game-changers for us. Our biggest key will be capitalizing on their caused turnovers and staying aggressive, I am sure we can make this a great game.”
No. 16 Clearfield (8-10) v. No. 17 Pleasant Grove (3-13)
Clearfield Key Players: Hudson Dugger (45G, 20A), Canyon Dugger (33G, 25A)
Pleasant Gove Key Players: James Livingston (34G, 13A), Isaac Anderson (75GB, 32TA)
The team stats are very even in this matchup. Pleasant Grove has played the tougher schedule which should pay dividends. Clearfield has more experience winning. It’s a true toss-up in my mind. The winner gets an away date with No. 1 Corner Canyon.
“It has been an up and down season for us this year, but I am extremely pleased with our progress and how much we have grown since last season,” said Clearfield Head Coach Darren Duggar. “In order for us to win on Tuesday we need to be fundamentally sound, if we can do the basics and keep it simple, I am confident in our athleticism moving us into the next round. Look for the Dugger brothers and Logan Haney and Trevor Juber to have big games for us.”
The Top 5 teams have a first-round bye and will play on Thursday.
No. 6 Timpview (12-4) v. No. 27 Mountain View (0-15)
Previous Matchup: The T-Birds beat the Bruins twice this season: 16-2 and 15-4
Timpview Key Players: Charlie Freedman (53G, 44A), James Bauer (35G, 39A)
Mountain View Key Players: Isaac Rodriguez (5G, 1A), Adam Wiesenberg (3G, 43GB)
Just like the regular season games, this one should go to the T-Birds. Timpview should feel a bit jaded after barely missing the Top 5 and a first-round bye. The winner will face the Wasatch v. Highland winner.
No. 7 East (9-5) v. No. 26 Springville (1-17)
Previous Matchup: East beat Springville, 11-0, on April 20.
East Key Players: Lo Tafisi (39G, 23A), Jack Taylor (84GB, 10TA)
Springville Key Players: James Fowler (9G, 1A), Austin Snarr (62GB, 30TA)
East is averaging 12.2 goals per game while Springville is at 2.3 goals per game. Look for Tafisi and crew to score 10+ en route to the second round. The winner will take on the Brighton v. Provo winner.
“I thought we had a great regular season, we played well against some tough teams,” said East Head Coach Deen Anderson. “We didn't finish the season as strong as we would have liked but ready to make some improvements going into the playoff. If we play our game and push transition, good things will happen for the Leopards.”
“This has been a tough year for us,” said Springville Head Coach Jared Ottley. “We have a very young team and even though they have not had much success in the ‘W’ column there have been a lot of personal wins and improvements. They are learning the game and once things start clicking these guys will be very competitive. We have to build on how we played against East during the regular season. They were surprised to come up against a 1-win team that still plays with a lot of heart. Our goalie, Sawyer Ottley (Soph), has been the key to not being blown out (if you take out American Fork and Lone Peak). He and our defense our very good against a settled offense. Gibson Condie, (M, Jr) is in his second year of lacrosse. He keeps grinding and starting to step into a leadership role in our offense. Klayton White (M, Soph) has discovered his speed and has been building his confidence. He is about to break through. If it happens in this game he is going to be Matt Rambo-sized middie that will be hard to contain. The boys are ready. The excitement that they have for the game is starting to reach out into our community. We are seeing more young kids with sticks at every game. The foundation that these boys are building will pay dividends in the near future.”
No. 8 Viewmont (9-6) v. No. 25 Jordan (2-14)
Viewmont Key Players: Abe Salmon (50G, 15A), Tommy Fraser (61.4% save percentage)
Jordan Key Players: David Parchment (45G, 8A), Matthew Riet (23G, 5A)
The Vikings are 4-1 in their last five games. Fraser is solid in cage and if the Viewmont offense can share the ball, don’t be surprised to see this team later in the week. The winner plays the Maple Mountain v. Payson winner.
No. 9 Maple Mountain (11-5) v. No. 24 Payson (5-11)
Previous Matchup: The Golden Eagles won the regular-season matchup, 12-5, on April 25.
Maple Mountain Key Players: Porter Kraft (37G, 24A), Andrew Pilati (135GB)
Payson Key Players: Gavin Siggard (27G, 19A), Ryan Rowley (62.5% faceoffs)
The Golden Eagles fell one goal short in the Region 9 chase, losing to Wasatch, 8-7, and will look to make their noise felt in the playoffs. Luckily they don’t have to travel far to take on the Lions who they bested last month. The winner will take on the Viewmont v. Jordan winner.
“This season we set out to continue to forge our identity as a second-year program and looked to compete at every opportunity,” said Payson Head Coach Daniel Sisneros. “Maple Mountain is a strong and balanced team that plays hard and has very few flaws which makes this first-round matchup a challenging one. For us to come out with a win we will need to come out with energy and compete in every phase of the game for all four quarters. Everything on our team starts with the play of Spencer Berhend in goal, look for him alongside defensemen Colby Olson, Caden Rowley and LSM Andrew Morgan to continue to make it difficult for opponents to score. On the offensive end attackman, Gavin Siggard will continue to be a strong finisher and passer alongside Marcus Glenn. Chandler Loveless and Justin Caldwell have had a strong finish to the season and could surprise some teams during the playoffs with their play out of the midfield.”
No. 10 Brighton (8-8) v. No. 23 Provo (6-11)
Brighton Key Players: Grayson Harris (40G, 11A), Donovan Wismer (21G, 27A)
Provo Key Players: Jace Welsch (25G, 11A), Keegan Neal (22G, 5A)
Brighton took the playoffs by storm last year, making a semifinal appearance as the No. 14 seed. But this is a different team. The top three scorers for the Bengals are all Sophomores. Isaac Hanson is a solid goalie for Brighton which should help them advance into the second round with ease. The winner will take on the East v. Springville winner.
No. 11 Wasatch (10-6) v. No. 22 Highland (3-13)
Wasatch Key Players: Caleb Taylor (39G, 20A), Cole Jorgenson (54GB, 40TA)
Highland Key Players: Kevin Clinger (21G, 8A), Johnny Baer (49GB, 13TA)
The faceoff duo of Spencer Bodily and Sam Madsen should pay dividends for the Wasps. The winner will take on the Timpview v. Mountain View winner.
“Overall we had a good season,” said Wasatch Head Coach Kevin Wallace. “We played a difficult schedule upfront that challenged us a lot. We had a lot of new starters that were tossed right into the fire but it's starting to pay dividends. Once we got to the second half of our region games we were able to take care of business and achieve our goal of winning the region. We like our bracket and are excited to begin the playoffs. If we can get a fast start and play well at the faceoff X then we've got a good shot at moving on to the second round. Outside of our top scorers Ethan Erker, Conner Osborne, and Owen Moore have really stepped up and been productive for us and we'll need that to continue to make a playoff run. Our entire defense is fantastic and ferocious and I think they're going to continue giving teams fits.
No. 12 Northridge (7-9) v. No. 21 Timpanogos (7-11)
Northridge Key Players: Andrew Tate (36G, 14A), Trey Bowen (31G, 4A)
Timpanogos Key Players: Dylan Browne (35G, 16A), Cody Baxter (42GB, 28TA)
This could be one of the better first-round matchups. Northridge is averaging 8.25 goals per game while Timpanogos is scoring just over 6 goals per game. On the defensive side, Timpanogos holds the advantage, allowing just 7.5 goals per game. Northridge is giving up 14.1 goals per game. I’d lean towards Northridge on this one, but don’t be surprised if the Timberwolves pull off the upset. The winner will take on No. 5 Skyline.
No. 13 Spanish Fork (8-7) v. No. 20 Cedar Valley (6-8)
Previous Matchup: The Dons came out on top, 15-6, on May 6.
Spanish Fork Key Players: Andrew Seidel (41G, 16A), Wyatt Swasey (54% save percentage)
Cedar Valley Key Players: Quinten Mecham (39G, 19A), Freeman Miyasaki (66.6% save percentage.
Despite having similar records, the head-to-head matchup speaks volumes and we should see the Dons come out on top. Miyasaki could be an X-factor in goal for the Aviators. If he heats up, it could be a closer game. The winner takes on No. 4 Alta on Thursday.
“It has been a growing season for us,” said Spanish Fork Head Coach Jesse Thorpe. “We played some great teams, lost a couple close ones. Still, the drive to excel is there. In order to win on Tuesday we need great possessions, strong defense and to ride hard. Look for Aaron Norris, Curtis Hernandez, Jason Lukin, Jace and Will Gunter to make an impact on Tuesday. Don Pride will never die!”
No. 14 Lehi (8-7) v. No. 19 Bonneville (8-10)
Lehi Key Players: Steele Cooper (69G, 17A), Makafefie Havea (45G, 19A)
Bonneville Key Players: Kaden Powell (25G, 19A), Maxim Foerster (28G, 13A)
Lehi is scoring 12.3 goals per game to just 8.3 for Bonneville. However, Lehi is giving up 12.1 goals per game while Bonneville is averaging 8.1 goals against per game. These two teams were very close in the RPI all season so it should be a great game. The winner heads to No. 3 Bountiful on Thursday.
No. 15 Woods Cross (7-8) v. No. 18 Box Elder (6-10)
Previous Matchup: Box Elder won the first game on April 18, 8-6, while Woods Cross beat the Bees on April 29, 12-8.
Woods Cross Key Players: Walter Hoge (25G, 13A), Zach Hammond (41GB, 24TA)
Box Elder Key Players: Quade Simpson (26G, 18A), Aiden Anderson (45G, 20A)
I suspect this game to be very even. The injury bug has hit Woods Cross so it will be up to Coach Burka to rally the squad in order to advance. The Bees have a senior-heavy offense which should pay dividends in this game. A game at No. 2 Park City awaits the winner.
No. 16 Orem (8-8) v. No. 17 Salem Hills (8-8)
Previous Matchup: These two squads met on May 7 with Salem Hills walking away with a 15-9 victory that included a 5-0 fourth quarter.
Orem Key Players: Kimball Hatch (47G, 9A), Jacob Hemmert (31G, 23A)
Salem Hills Key Players: Landon Buttars (64G, 14A), Christian Shuler (103GB, 11TA)
This one has the ingredients for a great game. Can Orem slow down Buttars? He had 7 goals in their first meeting. Hatch produced for the Tigers but can the other role players step up? Can one team find an advantage at the face-off X? Orem Goalie Peter Arnoldsen faced 31 shots in the last meeting. The Tiger defense will need to slow down the Skyhawks attack. Of course, the winner heads to Holladay for a showdown against No. 1 Olympus.
The 4A tournament begins on Thursday with No. 8 UMA hosting No. 9 Logan. We’ll have a preview for 4A later this week!
Girls High School
The Top 11 teams have a first-round bye and will play on Thursday.
No. 12 Herriman (9-7) v. No. 21 West (0-13)
Previous Matchup: Herriman defeated West on March 17th, 21-1, and May 3rd, 15-2.
Herriman Key Players: Junior Kelsie Lambert 75G and 15A. Junior Madilyn Rogers 39GB and 26CT.
West Key Players: No stats input.
As these two teams line up against each other once more, Herriman is favored to win. West will do their best and put up a fight, no doubt. We may even see a closer point differential from the West Panthers this go around.
No. 13 Bingham (5-11) v. No. 20 Clearfield (1-17)
Bingham Key Players: Junior Ashlyn Smith 42G and 58GB. Sophomore Sophie Curtis 22CT and 78GB.
Clearfield Key Players: No stats input.
Bingham Miners have the upper hand with more wins over higher-ranked teams. The Clearfield Falcons come into this game with a newer program and no stats to show their players/teams progress. The lack of information being given by the Clearfield Falcons doesn’t mean they don't have a fighting chance. We’ll all have to wait and see what Clearfield brings to the table.
No. 14 Weber (6-10) v. No. 19 Copper Hills (2-14)
Weber Key Players: Senior Carlie Murray 41G and 54GB. Freshman Alexandra McCaulay 23G and 43GB.
Copper Hills Key Players: Junior Olivia Young 74GB and 94DA. Senior Anna Cooley 18G, 85GB and 25 DC.
The Weber Warriors are in the stronger seat for taking home the win with more wins and closer differentials in their season. Senior Carlie Murray will step onto the field with double the number of goals as Senior Anna Cooley. Junior Olivia Young gathered more ground balls than Freshman Alexandra McCaulay. As long as the Warriors can keep the ball off the ground we may just see them in the Second Round.
“Our regular season has been a constant progression. Each game the girls step up their game and work. I’m beyond impressed with the talent we have and the desire to work hard. Our key to getting through this first round of playoffs is consistency. We’ve been great at adapting to each team we play, now it’s time to set our own pace and make it our game. Julieth Rosario has set the pace on defense this year. She has led her defensive team to shut down some really impressive teams. She’s not afraid of a fight. Maddie Dean is also a major contender. Maddie is strong on the ride and dominates in the midfield. She is also dangerous on offense and sees small opportunities to make big moves.” Coach Auelua
No. 15 Westlake (4-12) v. No. 18 Layton (3-11)
Westlake Key Players: Freshman Hailey Romrell 26G and 6A. Senior McKenna Emero 22G and 17GB.
Layton Key Players: Senior Rylee Webster 34G, 45GB and 28DC. Junior Sieara Christensen 9G and 33GB.
Westlake has been challenged with harder games throughout the season, playing No. 1 Skyridge, No. 3 Lone Peak and several more. Layton has played No. 4 Davis but is that enough to beat the Westlake Thunder?
No. 16 Roy (5-11) v. No. 17 American Fork (3-12)
Roy Key Players: Senior Avery Smith 61G and 48GB. Junior Lilian Rosenberg 20CT and 23GB.
American Fork Key Players: Senior Rachel Taylor 36CT and 51GB. Senior Melissa Fisher 56GB 2CT and 108 SV.
Roy steps into this game with the experience of playing No. 4 Davis, No. 5 Syracuse and No. 6 Fremont. Meanwhile, American Fork brings in the experience of playing No. 1 Skyridge and No. 3 Lone Peak. Will American Fork learn from these higher-ranked teams and step into this game well prepared? From Coach Langhaim: “American Fork girls are excited to play Roy in the first round of the state playoffs. It will be a tough game and with a few girls out hurt will mean that some of the younger girls will need to step up. We will look up to our senior leadership and go out and maintain ball control and have some fun.”
The Top 6 teams have a first-round bye and will play on Thursday.
No. 7 Alta (12-4) v. No. 26 Orem (0-15)
Previous Matchup: Alta and Orem have played each other twice this season. Alta defeated Orem, 25-1, on March 31. Their second game wasn’t played due to a forfeit.
Alta Key Players: Senior Autumn Engstrom 45G, 38GB, 16CT and 40DC. Senior Jessica Law 31G and 26GB
Orem Key Players: Junior Aleah Parish 19G and 33GB. Senior Emma Van Buren 17CT and 41GB.
Alta has a huge advantage with their past experiences. With Junior Aleah Parish and Senior Emma Van Buren as Orem’s two key players, we’ll see if Orem shows up to compete.
No. 8 Woods Cross (11-3) v. No. 25 Spanish Fork (0-11)
Woods Cross Key Players: Senior Samantha Atwood 68G,73 GB, 52CT and 72DC. Junior Skylar Midgley 33G 46GB and 83DC.
Spanish Fork Key Players: Senior Jacie Mennear 10G and 19GB. Senior Dez Wyman 47% SV.
Woods Cross is more than two steps ahead on this match up with Samantha Atwood and Skylar Midgley at the helm of the Woods Cross team. Spanish Fork has a big challenge ahead of them with taking on Woods Cross the first round.
No. 9 Lehi (12-6) v. No. 24 Bonneville (3-11)
Lehi Key Players: Junior Karli Fiedler 67G, 51 GB, 10CT and 42DC. Kathryn Moreau 63% SV.
Bonneville Key Players: Junior Taylor Byrd 30G and 20GB. Junior Ashley Tesch 9G and 48GB
Lehi has the higher ranking but this game will come down to Taylor Byrd’s shot placement and Kathren Moreau’s speed in goal. Lehi has been challenged against Brighton, Alta and Jordan. Where Bonneville's biggest challenges were games against Woods Cross and Bountiful. Lehi is in the favored seat to win but only time will tell.
No. 10 Skyline (10-6) v. No. 23 Salem Hills (2-10)
Skyline Key Players: Freshman Sammy McMaster 32G, 13A, 39GB and 84%D. Freshman Masami Goodick 84G, 9A and 25GB
Salem Hills Key Players: Junior Madelyn Larson 21G and 17GB. Freshmen Brooke Warren 5G and 26GB
Skyline's young team will push Salem Hills to compete in a good game of lacrosse. Masami Goodick has 66 goals over Madelyn Larson. If Salem Hills can shut down Skylines’ fast shooters they’ll have a shot at winning the game.
No. 11 Maple Mountain (9-4) v. No. 22 Mountain View (2-12)
Maple Mountain Key Players: No stats input
Mountain View Players: Sophomore Kayla Pratt 12G and 45%D. Junior Jane Hope 24GB and 81%D
With limited information, I have to make my statement based on rankings. Maple Mountain is favored to win this match up by their overall wins. That doesn’t mean Mountain View won’t step on the field and surprise us all.
No. 12 Bountiful (10-6) v. No. 21 Cedar Valley (3-9)
Bountiful Key Players: Senior Synnove Price-Huish 55G and 30GB. Junior Violet Holley 32GB and 51DC.
Cedar Valley Key Players: No stats input.
Bountiful has had some strong wins within their region. If Sunny (Synnove) Price-Huish brings her fire into this game she’ll make Bountiful unstoppable.
No. 13 Provo (10-7) v. No. 20 East (2-12)
Provo Key Players: Senior Jessica Edwards 38G 29A and 44GB. Sally Otterstrom 35G and 79GB.
East Key Players: Sophomore Meghan Donohoe 5G, 30GB and 92%D. Senior Deylah Hernandez 18GB.
The odds are against East with their match-up with Provo. Sally Otterstrom sweeps the field with every ground ball and Jessica Edwards strikes at every opportunity to make a goal. East has some big shoes to fill to shut down this team.
No. 14 Highland (4-8) v. No. 19 Viewmont (5-11)
Highland Key Players: Junior Amelia Santelli 41G 10A 17GB and 84%D. Sophomore Grace Szwedko 39G 9A and 24GB
Viewmont Key Players: Senior Toree Wheatly 27G, 12CT and 62GB. Eliza Runolfson 20G and 34GB.
Highland is in the harder region this year playing against teams like Park City. If they take that knowledge and growth from their previous games. That knowledge and growth will be able to stop Toree Wheatly while dominating this game.
No. 15 Timpanogos (8-8) v. No. 18 Timpview (5-10)
Previous Matchup: Timpanogos dominated Timpview, 10-0, on March 24 and then again on April 26, 7-1.
Timpanogos Key Players: Senior Amelia Yard 44G and 49GB. Brenna Bronson 17G 51GB and 13CT
Timpview Key Players: Junior Audree Patching 21G, 10A, 39 GB and 17CT. Junior Meg Barker 8G 65 GB and 114DA.
Timpanogos is sitting comfortably with having to play Timpview for the third time. They are favored to win this game with their two previous wins. Audree Patching and Meg Barker will put all they have into this game to change those odds.
No. 16 Springville (7-6) v. No. 17 Box Elder (6-10)
Springville Key Players: Senior Olivia Ottley 42G, 46GB and 24CT. Millie Thompson 23CT and 39GB.
Box Elder Key Players: Junior Aubrey Billings 30G and 24GB. Senior Alanna Jones 115GB and 77%D.
The Box Elder ground ball game is strong to say the least. Collectively as a team, they have 697 won ground balls. Springville has a powerful attacker with Olivia Ottley on their side but will Springville win the ground ball battle?
The 4A tournament begins on Thursdays with No. 8 Judge Memorial hosting No. 9 Logan. We’ll have a preview for 4A later this week!
In the Division I MCLA National Championships, No. 2 BYU dismantled No. 15 TCU in the first round, 18-6, on Monday. On Tuesday, BYU edged No. 7 USC, 10-6. In the semifinals on Thursday, the Cougars fell to South Carolina, 11-9.
In Division II, the No. 5 Utah Club team won the Division II Championship with a 13-7 win over Rhode Island. You can read the official recap here. The Utes beat some of the most well-known MCLA D-II teams en route to the title. In the first round, they beat No. 12 North Dakota State, 9-8. On Tuesday, they beat No. 4 Grand Valley State, 13-7. In the semifinals, they beat perennial powerhouse No. 1 St. Thomas, 7-6.
Also in Division II, No. 10 Utah State fell to No. 7 Rhode Island, 16-15, in overtime, in the opening round.
Inside Lacrosse published an in-depth article about how former Corner Canyon star, Zackary Franckowiak, spent two years on an LDS mission in Russia and how it’s impacted the Rutgers team. Read the article here.
That’s it for today, stay safe out there and see you on the sidelines!
— Tim Haslam (Intro/Mens/Boys) & Kenzie Christiansen (Girls)