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2013 Boys D-II Preview: Salt Lake Conference

The Salt Lake Conference will see some changes this season since Skyline has moved from D-I to D-II and West moving to the Davis Conference. Last year, Waterford won the conference followed by West Jordan, East, Highland and Murray.

East LacrosseEast Leopards

2012 Record: 4-10 (3-2)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Box Elder in First Round
2012 Conference: 3rd
The East Leopards finished the season with a 4-10 record last year, losing in the first round of the playoffs to Box Elder. East is losing only three seniors and will be returning a lot of key players. Some of those key players are Daniel “Deen” Anderson, Brandon Boren and Mike Anderson.
East Head Coach Pete Stevenson had this to say on these stand out performers:
“[Daniel] has worked his midfield game so that he is a superb two-way middi. His shot is more accurate and his footwork and knowledge on D has greatly improved. He will be the leader and captain of the team. [Brandon] finished his Junior year there and led a much improved D unit at the end of the season. His footwork and poise enable him to best most offensive players. Mike will be moving from attack after posting a sophomore season as an All-State performance there. His play in the summer on defense and his ability to score in transition make this move an exciting one for the East team.””
In addition to Boren and the Anderson brothers, Stevenson feels that the Parkin brothers will make an impact this season.
“The Parkin Brothers, Sam and Jake, are athletic, hardworking, fast and tough. Both brothers play bigger than they are and have not shied away from a hit on any opponent no matter the size. Both can score and dodge and will be a big part of the Leopard offense this upcoming season.”
After a productive fall ball that consisted of scrimmages at the LXM pro tour and the implementing of an all new scheme, Coach Stevenson looks to have a successful 2013 campaign.
“I am looking to see my team go from being a bottom of the league type of team to being able to compete every game with anyone we step on the field against. To making every game a competition,” said Stevenson.
The Leopards will begin their season with three great D-I opponents in Park City on March 7, Juan Diego on March 11 and Bountiful on March 15. If East wins the Juan Diego game, Juan Diego Head Coach Pat Lambert will shave his beard. On the other hand, if the Leopards lose, Coach Stevenson will shave his beard.

Highland LacrosseHighland Rams

2012 Record: 2-10 (1-4)
2012 Playoffs: DNQ
2012 Conference: 5th
The Rams will look to rebound this year on the backs of Tommy Jacobsen and Ki Easterwood. Goalie Jacob DeLaMare will be back in the cage for the Rams.
Highland will take on Northridge on March 14 to kick off their season.

Murray LacrosseMurray Spartans

2012 Record: 1-13 (0-6)
2012 Playoffs: DNQ
2012 Conference: 6th
The Spartans return Nathaniel Poulsen and Nicholas Peterson and will begin their season on March 5 at Lehi. The Spartans will have to play tough to get to the playoffs.

Skyline LacrosseSkyline Eagles

2012 Record: 2-11 (0-4)
2012 Playoffs: DNQ
2012 Conference: 5th (D-I Salt Lake)
The Skyline Eagles have been moved from D-I to D-II and will become an immediate title contender. The Eagles return Ian Kadish and Chris Williams, two standout Juniors.
“Chris is a do it all type of middie and you won’t find a better athlete on the field,” said Skyline Head Coach Dan Schmidt. “Ian has a high lax IQ and a dogged work ethic. The two complement each other perfectly and they push each other and the team in practice.”
On defense, Hunter Reynolds, a former attackmen, has made the transition to close defense and Coach Schmidt is excited to see how he fairs. Also on defense, Austin Dorius will step between the pipes.
“Hunter uses his experience of having played the position to predict what his opponent is going to do next,” said Schmidt. “He is one of the most raw and creative poles I have been able to coach and it’s fun to watch him in transition. Austin has been the anchor of our defense for the last 3 seasons and it’s been awesome to watch him mature. Initially, he stepped into the cage because we had a need. Now there is no one else I would rather have in the cage than Austin. He’s put in a ton of work and when he graduates this spring we will have a huge void on our defense to fill.”
Coach Schmidt is excited to “watch the players grow not only as players but also as people. In two years no one will remember the records or the scores, but they will remember the friendships, the bus rides, and the work they put in together.”
The Eagles begin their play on March 5 against Orem.

Waterford LacrosseWaterford Ravens

2012 Record: 12-6 (5-0)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Mountain Crest in Championship
2012 Conference: 1st
The Ravens lost 4 Seniors from last year including First Team All-State Midfielder Ben White. Waterford will return Junior Matthew West who had 36 goals and 31 assists and according to Head Coach Dave Brattin is the ‘QB of the attack.’ Junior Luke Pyper will join West in the attack.
“Luke has been a dedicated worker and leader and performed well in summer and fall ball action,” said Brattin.
Brattin is confident that Ryan Townson and James Eardly who are both Sophomores will be contributors this season after playing as Freshman and with the ULA U-15 National Team.
“We expected to have 7 starters return from last years D-II state runner-up team but 3 starters transferred to new schools,” said Brattin. “We have 2 players competing for the Goalie position Junior Michael Moody and Freshman Oliver Martin. 17 of the 25 players on the roster with be freshmen or sophomores this year so we are young.
Brattin is looking forward to the challenge of building a team to defend their SLC Conference Championship and return to the D-II Final Four.
“With hard work and a little luck we hope to return to the D-II finals in May,” said Brattin. “We have a great kids, a great staff plus excellent school and parental support.”
Waterford will enjoy a spring training trip to Florida where they will train at the Disney/ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and play Christian Bros. College High School from St. Louis and St. Marks School from Massachusetts. The team will also take in a private clinic with Casey Powell and the Atlanta Braves v. Miami Marlins game as well as time in the Magic Kingdom.

West Jordan LacrosseWest Jordan Jaguars

2012 Record: 7-9 (4-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Northridge in First Round
2012 Conference: 2nd
The Jaguars lost First Team All-State Defensemen Alex Jentzch as well as 10 seniors. Returning as a Senior is Andrew Harmon, who earned Second Team All-State Midfielder last year.
“Another Middie we have high hopes for are Sebastian Tischner,” said Head Coach Mike Nunnelley. “Cade Wright is our goalie and is a freshman and is doing a great job. Joey and Josh Bott our looking great as our defensemen.  Our Attack guys we are looking at are Chase Peterson, Tanner Smith, and Brady Nunnelley.”
West Jordan begins their season on March 7 at Fremont.

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