Good morning lacrosse fans. We got a nice taste of playoff lacrosse on Saturday and this week is going to be epic! Let’s get to it!
First off, if you didn’t listen to the podcast from Thursday, you can do that here. It includes both Boys and Girls bracket breakdowns. That same link has all the Boys/Girls A/B matchups.
Also, there is still time to enter the Tribal West Bracket Challenge. The winner of the bracket challenge will get their choice of a camp entry to the Tribe Camp this summer, a $50 gift card to Tribal West or a $25 gift card to Tribal West. The second-place winner will get to choose between whatever the winner doesn’t choose and the third place winner will get whatever is left.
Tuesday - Boys A/B First Round, Girls A/B First Round
Wednesday - Boys C Second Round, Girls C Second Round
Friday - Boys A/B/C Quarterfinals, Girls A/B/C Quarterfinals
Division C First Round
I’d first like to plead with the coaches and admins to please insert your scores after the game. When I began writing this almost 24 hours after the games had happened, there were still 4 missing scores. People care about your score so please enter them.
Boys Division C Results/Previews
No. 8 Judge beat No. 25 UMA, 14-3. Judge will now face No. 9 Skyridge.
No. 9 Skyridge beat No. 24 Payson, 13-2. The Falcons were led by Senior Riley Anderson who had 4 goals. Skyridge will now face No. 8 Judge.
No. 10 Timpanogos beat No. 23 Mountain Crest in Overtime, 12-11. Dylan Browne scored on an assists from Ethan Lind to win the game for the Timberwolves. Timpanogos will head to No. 7 Highland. The Rams and Timberwolves have a common opponent in Pleasant Grove: Highland lost 21-7 and Timpanogos lost 18-3.
No. 11 Viewmont beat No. 22 Mountain View, 15-1. Sophomore Mason Hepworth led the Vikings with 5 goals and 3 assists. Viewmont will head to play No. 6 Logan. The Vikings and Grizzlies have four common opponents. Viewmont went 1-3 and Logan went 4-1 against those opponents (Bear River, Mountain Crest, Box Elder).
No. 12 Orem beat No. 21 Jordan, 15-8. The Tigers will head to No. 5 Herriman. The only common opponent is Jordan, who both teams beat.
No. 20 Layton upset No. 13 Spanish Fork, 12-9. The win is Layton’s first of the season and they will head to No. 4 Syracuse is a Region 1 foe. Syracuse won both regular season matchups, 22-10 and 21-9.
No. 19 Woods Cross upset No. 14 West Jordan, 10-6. The Wildcats will take on Region 5 rival Bonneville. Bonneville won both regular season games, 17-3 and 14-5.
No. 15 Springville beat No. 18 Provo, 12-2. Senior Karson Norman led Springville with 7 goals and 1 assist. The Red Devils will travel 124 miles to take on No. 2 Bear River. Both teams lost to Logan in the regular season. Bear River beat Ridgeline twice where Springville lost to them once.
No. 16 Cedar Valley beat No. 17 Clearfield, 10-4. Junior Quinten Mecham led Aviators with 3 goals and 3 assists. Cedar Valley will face No. 1 Pleasant Grove. Both teams lost to American Fork in the regular season. Cedar Valley lost 16-2 where the Vikings lost 10-6 and 9-7.
Girls Division C Results/Previews
No. 8 Judge beat No. 25 Salem Hills, 21-3. The Bulldogs will host No. 9 Payson.
No. 9 Payson beat No. 24 West, 9-5. The Lions will head to No. 8 Judge.
No. 10 Springville beat No. 23 Cedar Valley, 20-6. Junior Olivia Ottley (6G, 2A) and Senior Kaitlin Pickett (5G, 1A) led the team. The Red Devils will take on No. 7 Bingham.
No. 11 Copper Hills beat No. 22 Bonneville, 12-8. Senior Allie Reiser had 6 goals and 2 assists while goalie Avery January had 23 saves for Copper Hills. The Grizzlies will take on No. 6 Highland.
No. 12 Viewmont beat No. 21 Logan, 18-15. The Vikings will head to No. 5 Sky View.
No. 20 Mountain View upset No. 13 Northridge, 19-5. Mountain View will play No. 4 Lehi. Lehi won both regular season matchups, 10-4 and 9-8 in OT.
No. 14 Westlake beat No. 19 Orem, 13-0. The Westlake offense was very balanced with eight players having between 1-3 goals. The Thunder will head to No. 3 Bountiful.
No. 15 East beat No. 18 Clearfield, 4-3. The Leopards will head to No. 2 Layton.
No. 16 Skyline beat No. 17 Spanish Fork, 13-8. The Eagles will take on No. 1 Woods Cross. Woods Cross won the regular season matchup, 11-1.
Region Winners & Awards
I have compiled a spreadsheet for both boys and girls region award winners. I’ll add to it as I get the rest of the lists. At the time of writing, 55.70% are Seniors, 28.48% are Juniors, 11.71% are Sophomores and 3.80% are Freshman.
Congrats to those who were recognized for their efforts on the fields.
This graphic should be enough evidence to convince regions to get rid of the home/home in region play. Out of 18 regions, only 3 had a champ with one loss. None had two or more losses. Every last place team had 0 wins in region except for girls Region 7 & 8 and they only had one win. It’s clear that the regions aren’t balanced so it makes no sense to play region teams twice. I’m a big fan of regions in general because it helps unify all school sports when there are common opponents and gives teams an obtainable goal to shoot for. I also love it because the RPI doesn’t determine the champion, the results on the field do. But, again, we need to remove the home/home stipulation.
BYU Wins MCLA Invitational
The BYU Cougars beat the Chapman Panthers in the first (and hopefully only) MCLA Invitational on Friday. BYU went 12-1 on the season. The lone loss was to Chapman, 6-5, on April 12. Read the recap from MCLA.us.
NCAA Tournament Update
If my memory is correct, this weekend marks the first time that four players from Utah played in the NCAA National Tournament. On Saturday, Rutgers midfielder Zackary Franckowiak (Corner Canyon) played against Lehigh with Rutgers winning 12-5. His teammate, Garrett Bullet (Corner Canyon), notched 4 GBs in the win for the Scarlet Knights. On Sunday, Bryant defenseman Ryan Baker (Juan Diego) lost to Virginia, 13-11. Also on Sunday, Maryland midfielder Bubba Fairman (Brighton) had a goal in a 17-11 win over Vermont. Of course, we’ll see if Fairman or Franckowiak/Bullett beat the Hannah Hyatt (Park City/Boston College) claim to fame of playing in a National Championship game.
The other awesome story of the weekend was when North Carolina midfielder Justin Anderson (Centennial, NV) and his wife Priscilla (a Utah native) had a son on Friday night then Anderson scored the first UNC goal on Saturday.
Salt Lake Storm Taking Shape
The Interstate Box Lacrosse Association (IBLA) Senior A Box Lacrosse is forming a team in Salt Lake City called the Salt Lake Storm.
“Right now because it is our inaugural season, and we are helping out the Colorado team, this summer will only be two weekends of play, for a best of 5 series against the Denver Otters,” said founder Austin Braerman. “The winner of the series will compete at the IBLA nationals in Orlando, FL on 9/17-9/19. Home games in SLC will be played at the Sports City complex in Draper. Next season, we hope to have 1-2 more teams in the SLC area so we can compete between ourselves in the Utah region.”
The IBLA is the official partner and minor league to the NLL and is currently the largest adult box lacrosse league in the nation. There are currently 17 states/regions with almost 2-4 teams in each region.
“Anybody that is 18+ can register for the team, however since this will be competitive we recommend that guys have at least 2 years of playing experience, but it's not required,” said Braerman. “It is a $100 player fee. Uniforms, hotels for Denver, and facilities will be paid for. The IBLA will not pay for the individual travel to Denver (airfare, gas mileage, etc).
If you’re interested in playing for the team, you can register here.
Camp and clinic season is right around the corner. Here’s a few opportunities I’ve seen. Please send me others for future newsletters.
Utah Instructional Day Camp | June 7-9
Boys 4-9 Grade, Crimson/Ute Field
3 day commuter camp will focus on developing concepts and confidence to raise YOUR game for future success and teach the Pillars of Utah Lacrosse Humility...Honesty...Passion...Gratitude...Trust. Learn skills and proper technique for stick work, passing, catching, shooting, offensive motion and defensive strategies of the game as well as speed, agility, footwork and team play. Game like situations and drills will be used to put these skills to the test on the field.
Utah Top 75 Prospect Days | June 14-15, July 19-20
Boys 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025, Crimson Field
Show us YOUR game! Visit the University of Utah and join Head Coach, Brian Holman, Assistants/PLL players Adam Ghitelman, Marcus Holman, Will Manny, Tim McDermott and Utes players for top level lacrosse instruction, game play and campus visit. Learn to play the UTAH WAY…HARD, FAST, SMART, TOGETHER! Each player will have the opportunity to showcase skills while coaches are teaching and evaluating their ability.Learn about the recruiting process and what it takes to become a UTE! Coach Holman will meet with players for a Q & A session about the college lacrosse recruiting process, academics and what it takes to be a D1 athlete.
X10 Adventure Lacrosse Camp | July 26-30
Boys Ages 10-15, Mount Pleasant
Boys Directors: Chris Bocklet, University Of Virginia | MLL & PLL Pro
Tim McDermott : Tim McDermott, Utah Lacrosse Director | Mental Performance Coach
At X10 Utah campers enjoy the surrounding beauty of the Rocky Mountains while at the Wasatch Academy, a beautiful boarding school in Mt. Pleasant.
Campers will receive both box and field lacrosse instruction from collegiate and professional players. Between sessions campers will enjoy playing outdoor sports, mountain top camp fires, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, evening activities and a Carnival Day with a dunk tank.
Register with the code ‘Summit’ and save $50.
Tribal West Bobble Head Camp | July 27-30
Boys K-2 Grade, Lone Peak Park
All day camp is tough on the little guys, but they still want to go to lax camp! Now they can and will LOVE it!! We focus on the fundamental skills of lacrosse while playing 4v4 small-sided competition. This helps the young players get a feel for how the game should be played without all the rules and procedures of the full field game. Boys can dominate the field with out the "scrum" that happens when teams run 7v7 or 10v10. Plus the smaller goal teaches them to aim more accurately. It's AWESOME!
Tribal West Tribe Camp | July 26-29
Boys & Girls 3-12 Grade, Lone Peak Park
Tribe Lacrosse Camp is a highlight of the summer! We line up not only lacrosse coaches, but excellent teachers of the sport. Our coaches did not get where they are today without the passion, desire, and focus required for success. They are excited to share their vast knowledge of lacrosse on and off the field, which will surely aid in your success. Campers are grouped by age, and ability. Necessary adjustments will be made during the camp to accommodate and ensure the best learning experience & development for each camper. Developing players will focus on the fundamental elements and skills of the game. Experienced campers will focus on strengthening their skills and challenging themselves to a higher level of play, learning the subtle nuances of the game that is often overlooked.
Defensive Academy - Utah Summer Program
Boys & Girls 9-12 Grade, Riverbend Sports Complex
We at the Defensive Academy and Camp BBA are excited to announce the launch of the "UtahSummer Program" for male and female high school players aspiring to get to the collegiate level. "I've been privileged to play professional lacrosse for the last 15 years and compete internationally for Team USA over the last 12 years. Over the course of my career as both a player and Coach, I have gained a tremendous understanding of the process and work required to truly excel as a high level lacrosse player. I've been privileged to learn from some of the best coaches in our sport and compete against, and learn from, some of the best players to ever play the game. One constant, through my experience, is that the best players deploy a multi-pronged approach in their pursuit of excellence; lacrosse skill training, understanding of the game, physical fitness, IQ, recovery (to name a few). In The Program we will use this holistic method to teach and show our athletes how to prepare and work to be great." - Kyle Hartzell Team USA.
Thanks it for today! I’ll check back in on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning with results from the games.
— Tim Haslam