Day Five – Our day started with excitement as the players ate breakfast and packed their bags for TriState. We then loaded the vans for a team bonding trip to Fairmount Park. On the shaded “hike” in Philadelphia, our team stopped and took a team picture in front of Thomas Mill Covered Bridge (Philadelphia’s only remaining covered bridge), which was built in 1855. Continuing along the path and up a small hill, our team finally made it to our intended destination, The Indian Statue. After snapping a team picture with The Indian Statue we made our way back to the vans to load up for Princeton.
Players got a short nap in on the road before lunchtime in Princeton. The team arrived at Red Roof Inn, our home for the next three days, where we met up with our final two teammates, Ryan Baker (Juan Diego HS/2017 Defense) and Caelahn Bullen (Trinity Pawling HS/2016 Goalie).
Arriving to the Mercer County Park fields early, the players got to take in Tri-State for all it is. Players were able to watch seven different games going on at the same time while mentally preparing for their own. it proved to favor the Utes as we came out very strong against Tri-State Blue (NJ). Carter Bean, Desert Hills 2015, started us off with a Natty Hatty (natural hat trick- three goals in a row, unanswered by the other team and uninterrupted by teammates scoring). A solid effort on defense proved to be more than Tri-State could handle and our offense kept pouring it on en route to a 13-0 win.
Official stats of our tournament games will be posted on our team homepage after the tournament.
“First day being introduced to the team. Exciting victory against Tri-State Blue 13-0. Shout out to Mitch. Shutouts all around. Doughnuts.”
– Caelahn Bullen, Trinity Pawling HS, 2016 Goalie
“Solid first day. I’m really excited for the next four games. Shout out to Olive Garden. Great idea by the coaches.”
– Ryan Baker, Juan Diego HS, 2017 Defense
“Boys play lacrosse, but real men finish the game. And we have real men on this team.”
– Zach Wentz, St Johns College HS, 2017 Midfield/FO
“It felt good coming in and playing in our first game. It was nice having a start like that in the game. Winning our first game 13-0 is going to take us pretty far.”
– Carter Bean, Desert Hills, 2015 Midfield
“From a defender’s perspective the game was kind of boring, but it’s cool that the offense is able to keep it on their side of the field and score a lot of points.”
– Landon Nelson, American Fork HS, 2015 Defense
“It was great to play our first game and come out the way we did. It’s great to shut them out 13-0. I’m really glad we scrimmaged Dukes and Twist before this because it really prepared us a lot. Just an overall great game by everyone. Fantastic way to come out. Hope we can continue our winning ways the rest of the tournament.”
Payton Kimber, Spanish Fork HS, 2015 Midfield
“We are playing good lacrosse. I think this team is consistently kicking the can forward, and anytime you can do that you are doing a good thing. I think we are getting better each game and I love it.”
– Kade Patterson, Alta HS, 2015 LSM
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