This year marks the first for the newly formed Utah High School Lacrosse League. Bountiful, Brighton, Jordan, Olympus and Viewmont round out the North Conference which will look to prove superior to the South Conference.
Bountiful Braves2013 Record: 11-7 (4-0)
2013 Playoffs: 2nd seed, lost to Jordan in First Round
Bountiful comes into this year bolstering some of the strongest returning players in the state, including: FOS Jace Thomas (Air Force commit) who was 2012 All-American, goalie Dalon Hampshire (BYU commit), attackman Chandler Wescott a 2013 All-American and midfielder Brock Jeppson who scored 48 goals for Bountiful last season.
Captains Dalon Hampshire, Chandler Wescott, Jace Thomas and Cameron Redmond look to lead the charge as Bountiful hopes to defend their conference championship streak.
“With the new UHSLL conferences our 6 year run of Conference Championships is at risk,” said head coach Marty Wescott.
The Braves will have a tough stretch when they host Olympus on April 8th and travel to Brighton on April 11th. These games will really test this team, Bountiful will get this opportunity to really show what they are made of.
Brighton Bengals2013 Record: 13-4 (4-0)
2013 Playoffs: 2nd seed, lost to Lone Peak in Semifinals
Brighton ended last year with a tough loss to Lone Peak in the Semifinals. They are returning a lot of talent including 2014 All-American Luke Fairman, Ryan Forgarty, Brody Bolerjack, Bubba Fairman and Nick Carrigan. The Bengals will be looking to this experience to guide them through a very difficult schedule.
Head Coach Brandon Horoba was very complimentary of his teams depth,.
“At attack we will have 4-6 guys that will contribute on a regular basis. At middie we have 8 deep that can run both sides of the ball. Defense is solid and again we have 6- 7 guys that could be starting for us on any given game day. We are blessed with two goalies that could start anywhere in the league,” said Horoba.
Brighton will kick their season off on March 4th when they play Spanish Fork. The Bengals statement game will be on March 28th when they play at Corner Canyon. This is the first game of a very difficult stretch for Brighton and they will need to preform well in order to set the tone moving forward. They will play at Jordan on April 1st then travel to Juan Diego on April 5th followed by Park City on April 8th.
Jordan Beetdiggers2013 Record: 5-8 (2-3)
2013 Playoffs: 7th seed, lost to Alta in Quarterfinals
The Beetdiggers will be led by new coach Brett Bird who played at Murray and Westminster. On the field, Jordan welcomes back Jace Babka who will look to ignite the Beetdiggers to a top seed in the playoffs.
Their toughest test will come in early April with games against Brighton, Bountiful and Corner Canyon.
Olympus Titans2013 Record: 12-7 (0-4)
2013 Playoffs: 6th seed, lost to Brighton in Quarterfinals
The Titans are looking forward to this season and will rely heavily on Coleman Dunn, Bridger Fisher and Walker Murphy for offensive production. Ben Schettler will be back for his senior season between the pipes and will anchor the defense.
The toughest stretch for the Titans will come in late April with games against Judge, Corner Canyon, Brighton and Bingham in a weeks time.
Viewmont Vikings2013 Record: 4-9 (1-3)
2013 Playoffs: 7th seed, lost to Brighton in First Round
Senior Matthew Dyches will be ready to lead Viewmont alongside Connor Clay and Kyle Higgins.
Rivalry game: April 30 v. Bountiful. The Braves and Vikings will battle for bragging rights in the last game of the season for both teams. Bountiful has won the last two games.