Bonneville and Weber have been moved down from D-I to D-II and will hope to make their presence known. Fremont, newcomer Roy and one of the D-II favorites, Syracuse, round out the conference.
Bonneville Lakers2013 Record: 5-8 (2-2) in D-I
2013 Playoffs: 8th seed, lost to Juan Diego in First Round
The Lakers have dropped to D-II and will be hoping to make their mark in 2014. Jared Johnson is hoping to break through for Bonneville while Alex Croyle is back and ready to take the lead for the Lakers.
“Being a 3 sport athlete, Alex has the mentality to take his playing ability to the next level every game,” said Head Coach Chase Hanchett. “Every year Alex puts up bigger and better numbers, with a break out season last year expect to see Alex’s name in the top charts for Goals and Assists at end of the year.”
The Lakers are more experienced this year and hope it will translate to results on the field.
“Now that Bonneville is in a division where they can compete game in and game out, it has put the excitement back into the program,” said Hanchett. “That goes a long way too, we may be in a lower division, but to make up for that we are going to Las Vegas to play in the Best of the West tournament, traveling to Boise to play two elite schools, and opening our season against Judge, and while closing our season against Skyline; will keep our kids competitive all year long.”
The Lakers will get a boost in the coaching staff after bringing on Jake Conolly who coach Hanchett calls ‘one of the Top 10 D-Poles to play in Utah.’ Conolly will head the defense in hopes of shutting teams down.
Toughest three game stretch: April 18 v. Syracuse, April 22 @ Fremont, April 24 @ Skyline. That is three tough games in just 6 days. The Syracuse and Fremont games will go towards playoff seeding while the Skyline game will help the Lakers measure how far they have come in 2014.
2013 Record: 10-6 (3-1)
2013 Playoffs: 4th seed, lost to Herriman in Quarterfinals
The Silverwolves graduated 9 players including 2013 First Team All-State Defender Benjamin Marsh, 2013 Second Team All-State Attack Trevor Ingram and 2013 Second Team All-State Goalie Jacoby Beyeler. However they will return 2013 First Team All-State Defensive Specialist Carson Pilot to anchor the defense. Senior attackman Micheal Goldsberry, who had 47 goals and 19 assists last year will look to the lead the offense.
Statement game: March 14 @ Mountain Crest. With a win, the Silverwolves could really set the tone for the rest of their season. A loss could deflate Fremont and increase the chances of a downward spiral.
Spent 2013 as JV team
Roy is a program on the rise and will hope their first year as a varsity team will reflect their hard work they’ve put in on and off the field. If you buy into JV results, the Royals went 11-3 last season at the JV level.
The Royals will waste no time getting acquainted with the varsity level of play as they host Sky View in their first game on March 11.
Syracuse Titans2013 Record: 14-3 (3-1)
2013 Playoffs: 2nd seed, lost to Waterford in Championship
The Titans have been one of the favorites in D-II ever since they burst on the scene last year, making it to the Championship game before falling to a fundamentally sound Waterford squad. The Titans return senior midfielders Jordan Stark and Connor Meyer were both 2013 First Team All-State selections. The Titans did graduate 11 seniors, including all of the defense, from last years team but that won’t stop the Titans from being one of the better teams in the state.
“Jordan Stark and Connor Meyer are two well known players on our team,” said assistant coach Craig Kapp. “Now, in their Senior season, barring injuries or other unexpected challenges, we’re relying heavily on their talent and leadership. They’re both special players who have worked hard to earn the reputations they have in the state. Jackson Andersen, at X, has taken what has always been his natural, understated nature, and added a lot of additional speed and influence. You won’t find Jackson making a lot of noise amongst the team, screaming or yelling. You WILL find him diving to save a ball, racing to keep posession, or threading the needle to feed a cutter that nobody else sees.”
Toughest three game stretch: March 18 v. Herriman, March 20 @ Sky View, March 27 v. Waterford. Three tough opponents and a championship rematch in just 9 days will test the depth and will of the Titans.
2013 Record: 0-11 (0-4) in D-I
2013 Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
Weber will hope to return to winning ways while being moved to D-II.
“We have a strong freshman class coming up with many young players expected to make an immediate impact at the varsity level,” said Head Coach Chuck Holland. “Look for some returning players that switched positions from last season to make a name for themselves this season.”
Joining Holland in his first year, coaches Paul Karner, Trae Shumway, Chase Read and Jarred Priesler will hope to build the Weber program to it’s fullest potential.
Toughest three game stretch: March 12 @ Logan, March 14 @ Boise, March 15 @ Timberline. A trip to Logan and then continuing on to Boise to face Boise and Timberline will be a huge test for Weber as they look to get valuable experience for their players.