We begin our D-II previews by looking at the North Conference. Box Elder has moved to the North from the Davis Conference. Mountain Crest won the conference in 2012 followed by Logan, Sky View and Idaho Falls.
Box Elder Bees
2012 Record: 10-4 (3-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Mountain Crest in Quarterfinals
2012 Conference: 2nd (D-II Davis)
The Box Elder Bees come into 2013 having graduated 10 seniors, 8 of which were starters including First Team All-State Midfielder Andy Bennett, First Team All-State Attackmen Matt Pulsipher and First Team All-State Defensemen Quinn Simpson. Attackmen Nathan Smith returns to the team having notched 30 goals and 7 assists in 2012. Look for Nick Moyle and Breckin Gunter to continue to run the Box Elder offense. Midfielder turned Defensemen Tom Dinsdale will hope to anchor the defense.
“I am looking forward to seeing these boys grow into good lacrosse players,” said Box Elder Head Coach Mike Sutton. “They’re raw talent right now but I fully expect them to be outstanding players come playoff time.”
Box Elder begins play against Fremont on March 5.
Idaho Falls Eagles
2012 Record: 0-11 (0-3)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Spanish Fork in First Round
2012 Conference: 4th
The Eagles lost their leading scorer from 2012, Dominic Carvajal but Attackmen Kevin Heilig is back and ready to run the offense.
Idaho Falls begins play on March 15 at Orem.
2012 Record: 6-7 (2-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Herriman in First Round
2012 Conference: 2nd
The Logan Grizzlies are looking to be the top team in the North Conference, losing only 4 seniors and will hope Jaxton Birky can lead the offense.
“He is a 3 year starter at attack and lead our team in goals and assist last year and expect him to do the same this coming year,” said Logan Head Coach Doug Ringle. “He is a co-captain this year and has developed a passion, knowledge of the game of lacrosse. He will be the leader on the offensive side of the field.”
Coach Ringle is also excited to see Austin Dodd take the field.
“Austin is a senior and is a 3 year varsity player,” said Ringle. “He has spent the off-season enhancing and developing his dodging, shooting and overall lacrosse skills and knowledge.”
Coach Ringle calls this team the most dedicated he has ever had in the past 6 years.
“They have participated in clinics, Northern Utah summer league and have had sticks in their hands ever chance they could in the off-season,” said Ringle.
The Grizzlies begin play at Northridge on March 12.
Mountain Crest Mustangs
2012 Record: 15-1 (3-0)
2012 Playoffs: Boys D-II Champions
2012 Conference: 1st
The 2013 Mustangs will hope to go back-to-back after winning the 2012 Championship over Waterford but it will be tough since they graduated 11 seniors including First Team All-State Attackmen Dallin Bindrup and First Team All-State Defensemen Brandon Tobey. Taylon Neiderhauser will be back for the Mustangs and look to lead the offense. Goalie Bryce Hatfield will be back in action in cage. Hatfield had a 60% save percentage in 2012 with 159 saves.
The Mustangs will face an early challenge right from the beginning when they take on Alta on March 8.
Competed as JV in 2012.
The Indians from Pocatello will be ready for their first year as a Varsity program. Pocatello will open their season on March 22 at Orem.
Sky View Bobcats
2012 Record: 7-6 (1-2)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Lehi in First Round
2012 Conference: 3rd
New Head Coach Troy Oldham will look to have his team prepared for the new season with Taner Duryea coming back to lead the defense. Joining Duryea will be Drake Oldham and Jordan Isrealsen. Sophomore Goalie Philip Cannell will look to stand tall in the cage.
“Druea is fundamentally strong, understands the game, has good size and speed,” said Oldham. “Drake Oldham has a great ability to be in the right spot at the right time, and his athleticism and cross-sport knowledge of defense (football). Isrealsen has great speed, ball handling and intensity to play tough-minded defense.”
On offense, Bryant Cannell and Shane Canfield will look to score for the Bobcats.
“One of our best pick-ups over the fall/winter has been a very strong team of coaches,” said Oldham. “Aaron Quiggle is our Defensive Coordinator and he has national playoff experience, loves the game and will lift our understanding and execution of strong defense at all positions.”
Sky View will begin their season in Idaho when they face Bishop Kelly, Boise and Mountain View on March 8 & 9.