The ULN Staff has once again comprised their picks for this weeks tough lineup of games. We start with a great Boys D-II match-up with Lehi taking on East. On Friday, Corner Canyon will head to Bountiful to take on the Braves in a tough UHSLL showdown. Also on Friday, the Jordan girls will take to the road to face a tough Riverton team. The capstone of the week will be the MCLA doubleheader in Provo on Saturday with Utah facing UVU and Westminster playing BYU. Bradford Davis went 4-0 last week with Paul Walker and Tim Haslam going 3-1.
Boys: Lehi @ East (3/19)
Bradford Davis – East tops Lehi 10-7
Despite having a new coach, I don’t think it will be much of a factor for the East High Leopards. With talent like Mike Anderson and Sam Parkin, East is going to give Lehi a run for their money. Lehi will definitely put up a fight though. Watch out for Ian Hullinger going full force. Also, between the pipes Lehi has Caleb Wiedmeier to lead his defense. Still, I think the offensive power of the East Leopards too much for the Lehi Pioneers.
Paul Walker – Lehi wins 12-9
Both teams go into the game with similar records, but the season is young. Lehi has a great scoring combo in Ian Hullinger and Brakken Burr. East, however, has a strong goalie in Kortlandt Johnson. It will be a fairly close game, but Lehi will take the lead.
Tim Haslam – East wins 12-8
I like the Leopards in this match-up. I think their defense will be the difference. The Leopard haven’t allowed more then 7 goals in a game this season, including a 7-5 loss to a potent Sky View team.
Boys: Corner Canyon @ Bountiful (3/21)
Bradford Davis – Bountiful wins 8-7
Both teams have amazing talent offensively. This should be an intense battle with some great lacrosse to be watched. I think it will come down to the defense. Which defense can contain the high scoring offense. Ultimately, I think the Braves, with the home field, will be able to hold off the Chargers.
Paul Walker – Corner Canyon wins 14-12
This game could easily be the highlight game of the week. It will be close for sure. Both teams are undefeated up until this point and both teams have an excellent group of players. Corner Canyon has at least four players they can count on to score, and so does Bountiful. The difference maker will likely be on the defensive end of the field. Corner Canyon will take this close win.
Tim Haslam – Corner Canyon wins 15-10
I’ve thought about this game for several hours over the past two days and think that possessions will be key in this game with Bountiful FOS Jace Thomas going up against Corner Canyon midfielder Zach Franckowaik and Casey Rose at the center X. I agree with Paul in the sense that I think the Corner Canyon defense will be able to contain the Bountiful attack. These are the only two teams in the UHSLL that remain undefeated and I see Corner Canyon continuing their winning streak.
Girls: Jordan @ Riverton (3/21)
Bradford Davis – Riverton wins 9-7
I’ve got to give this game to the Riverton Silverwolves over the Jordan Beetdiggers. Riverton’s offense and defense is led by veteran players that are looking to make it past the semifinals this year. This is going to be a great game though. Jordan is going to put up a fight. I think the difference maker is the Silverwolf defense.
Paul Walker – Riverton wins 12-8
Riverton girls are playing phenomenally so far this year. They are undefeated so far, including a fantastic showing at the Best of the West tournament in Las Vegas. Jordan girls are not far behind, with wins over Juan Diego and Cache valley. Riverton will come out on top.
Tim Haslam – Jordan wins 10-7
I see the Beetdiggers pulling off the victory over Riverton for two reasons. 1) The Silverwolves haven’t been tested this season where Jordan has and 2) Jordan has a ton of momentum after winning three straight season games as well as taking home the Gathering of the Tribes title last weekend.
MCLA: Utah v. UVU @ BYU (3/22)
Bradford Davis – Utah wins 10-8
Instate rivalry games are always fun and very hard to predict since there is a lot more motivation to win. Both teams are going to look to their leading scores to get past the other’s defense. UVU will look for midfielder Jesse Hansen and attackman Bryce Fontenot. The U of U will rely on Dillon Tran and Nash Cantrell to lead them to victory. UVU’s defense is very good, but I think the U’s offense will be too much for them.
Paul Walker – Utah wins 13-9
The two teams have similar records. UVU started out the season strong, winning their first two games. They have not won a game since. Utah also has two wins. They have only played one team in common, UNLV, and both lost to UNLV. Utah’s margin of loss was 5 compared to UVU’s 13.
Tim Haslam – Utah wins 12-6
The Utes will get a solid win against an in-state opponent which will help them repair some wounds of a four-game losing streak.
MCLA: Westminster @ BYU (3/22)
Bradford Davis – BYU wins 10-6
Again, another instate rivalry game. Love it. This should be a fun one to watch. Westminster’s defense, captained by a goalie, Chris Burckle, will give the Cougar’s a tough time. However, the Cougars offense is too efficient, and will overpower the Griffins.
Paul Walker – BYU wins 11-10
Westminster is making a great showing in their first season of D-I play. Their wins have been solid and their losses have been close. Westminster is a great up and coming team, but will fall short to BYU’s experience.
Tim Haslam – BYU wins 9-8 in Overtime
This is another game that has caused several hours of lost sleep in the past few days. BYU has won the last 4 meetings, but the margin of victory has decreased each year. With that said, BYU has performed well while under pressure this season and are winning against tough teams. My head says Westminster but my gut says BYU which is why I’ll stick with the Cougars in overtime.
|Bradford Davis||Paul Walker||Tim Haslam|
|1: Corner Canyon @ Juan Diego (B)||Corner Canyon||Corner Canyon|
|1: Sky View @ Roy (B)||Sky View||Sky View||Sky View|
|1: Utah @ Oregon (M)||Oregon||Oregon|
|1: Bingham @ Park City (G)||Park City||Park City||Park City|