Last year the South Conference was swept by newcomer Timpanogos. Pleasant Grove finished second with Lone Peak and Riverton finishing third and fourth. American Fork, who has been moved to D-II went win less in the conference. This year, Spanish Fork has joined the D-I South Conference and will look to be a factor from the beginning.
Lone Peak Knights
2012 Record: 8-6 (2-2)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Judge in Quarterfinals
2012 Conference: 3rd
The Knights lost 10 seniors last year but return Midfielder Jake Stout and Attackmen Aaron Fjeldsted who combined for 56 goals last season.
“Both Jake and Aaron are tenacious competitors and work very hard at their craft,” said Head Coach Marlan Coe. “Since they are both offensive players, I would expect our offense to be our strong suit.”
The Knights will play a tough 17 game schedule including a trip to Idaho to face Centennial (ID), Rocky Mountain (ID), Clackamas (OR) and Tigard (OR).
Lone Peak will first be tested at Bingham on March 6.
Pleasant Grove Vikings
2012 Record: 11-4 (3-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Alta in Quarterfinals
2012 Conference: 2nd
The Vikings lost 12 seniors last year to graduation including Second Team All-State Defensemen Trey Sparks.
Attackmen Spencer Merrifield and Michael Perry will look to once again be the most lethal attack in the State. In 2012, the Vikings led Utah in goals per game, averaging 14.00 per game. Midfielder Chad Madsen is ready to add to his 32 goal total last year. LSM Zack Burbidge is one of the best in his trade. Defensemen Jared Ross will hope to anchor down the defense.
“This is a team that has been together for a long time,” said Pleasant Grove Head Coach Brae Burbidge. “Our first group that has come from elementary school to the high school ranks together. We have a few transplants but they are family by now.”
Pleasant Grove will begin their season on March 5 against cross-conference foe Bonneville. The Vikings are also going to Idaho and will face Palo Verde (NV), Eagle (ID) and Glencoe (OR).
2012 Record: 6-9 (1-3)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Bountiful in First Round
2012 Conference: 4th
The Silverwolves struggled under first year Head Coach Benny Lock but this year Lock will have his team fined tuned to his standards, especially since the squad only lost two seniors. Look for Attackmen Matthew Poe, Zac Tueller, Braden Ellingson and Alex Dooley to make waves for the Silverwolves.
Coach Lock is confident his squad will have what it takes to win the conference.
The Silverwolves will begin play on March 4 against Bingham in the first game of the 2013 Utah lacrosse season.
Spanish Fork Warriors
2012 Record: 9-6 (4-0)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Mountain Crest in Semifinals
2012 Conference: 1st (D-II South)
The Warriors have been bumped up to D-I because of their success in D-II and they will look to prove they belong.
Having only lost 5 seniors from last years team, Head Coach Phil Dunn will have his team primed to take the field. Spanish Fork will be without their leading scorer from 2012, Justin Ward, who graduated after earning First Team All-State honors last year. Attackmen Tyler Swenson, Jarom Plewe and Jake Merrill will have to increase their efficiency if the Warriors want to win the conference. Goalie Zachary Swenson will be back in the cage for the Warriors.
The Warriors kick off their season on March 5 at Jordan.
2012 Record: 11-4 (4-0)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Juan Diego in Quarterfinals
2012 Conference: 1st
Timpanogos won the D-I South Conference last season and will look to repeat this year.
The toughest challenge for the Timberwolves will be finding replacements for the 13 seniors who graduated including Tanner Marsh and Jonathan Wagstaff. Returning Attackmen Winston Farley led the team last year and will hope to do it again this year.
“We have a lot of new players with limited lacrosse experience, yet these players will make a major contribution to the team,” said Timpanogos Head Coach Bill Peperone.
Also returning is FOS Audie Ventura who is as good as they come and will hope to control the X for the Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves will begin their season in Idaho when they face Centennial (ID), Sherwood (OR) and Richland (WA) in mid March.