Day Six – Heading to the fields, our team knew it was going to be a long day. Our first match up was against New Jersey Diesel. We had beaten them last year in Tri-State, and the game was not close so we were not sure what to expect. This was a very different team than the team we faced previously. Both teams were very evenly matched, and the game was a constant battle. Our face off man, Zach Wentz (St. Johns College HS/2017), played scrappy, and he really helped the team gain a majority of the possessions. After finding ourselves down 3-4 with under two minutes remaining, Payton Kimber (Spanish Fork HS/2015) was able to beat his man from behind the goal, and put one in to tie it up. After causing a turnover, Ryan Baker (Juan Diego HS/2017) drew a penalty while clearing the ball right before time had expired. Starting the overtime period with a man up, our offense took advantage early on when Payton Kimber found Joe Lambert (Bingham HS/2015) up top for a nice low to high shot into the top right corner. Final Score: Wasatch LC-5 NJ Diesel-4 (OT).
With only 45 minutes until our next game, the team prepared to play against ESM (Eastport South Manor) from Long Island, New York. The game was close from the beginning because of some big saves ESM had against our offense, but Alex Croyle (Bonneville HS/2015) opened up the flood gates by scoring his first of three goals when he ripped a shot on the run right over the goalies head. Our team played very unselfish and the guys scored some really nice goals after that. Even one of our LSM’s, Kade Patterson (Alta HS/2015), was able to get in on the scoring when Payton Kimber (Spanish Fork HS/2015) threw a skip pass up top where he found Kade, who stepped into the box and shot the ball into the top corner. Final Score: Wasatch LC-7 ESM-2.
After another short break, the team took the field to play against Miller Place Varsty (Long Island, New York). The first half of the game was slow, with it being tied 2-2 at halftime. Ryan Lunt (Olympus HS/2016) started off the scoring in the second half when he found the net off of a strong alley dodge. Two more goals from Wasatch players Joe Lambert (Bingham HS/2015) and Payton Kimber (Spanish Fork HS/2015) gave us a 5-2 lead. Miller Place added a goal to make it 5-3, but Wasatch attackman Bailey Pope (Brighton HS/2015) answered with a fast break goal assisted by Alex Croyle (Bonneville HS/2015) to give Wasatch a 6-3 win.
On to our last game of the day. Against Titanium (OH), the other undefeated team in our bracket, we came out slow in the first half. Titanium (OH) got up 3-1 on us and then Wasatch LC turned it on. We battled back to make the score 4-3 with just over 6 minutes left when Jeff Bednar (Viewmont HS 2015) went coast to coast and stuck a righty jump shot on the run to tie it up. And a few minutes later an errant feed bounced to Carter Bean (Deserrt Hills 2015) and he ripped a shot into the back of the net which sealed the victory by Wasatch LC. 5-0 at Tri-State in pool play.
“Today was some of the most fun lacrosse that i have ever played. ” Kade Patterson, Alta HS, 2015, LSM
“So far i am pretty stoked about the tournament. we are really putting the name out there for utah and showing our talent by starting out 5-0. It’s been great.” Justin Jackson, Lehi HS, 2015, Attack
“Playing four games in one day is always rough on a team, but our players showed a lot of heart today. Each of our four games we were either tied or down one at half and we rallied back to win all four. Our players came to the east coast to compete with top level competition and we proved that Utah has the talent to beat teams from traditional hot beds on the east coast. Through our first five games our defense and goalies have been stellar by allowing a max of 4 goals a game and some with less. Offensively we spread the wealth and each one of our shorties ripped twine for a G. Hats off to our faceoff man Zach Wentz for going 70% on the day and winning us valuable possessions, especially in our one goal wins against NJ Diesel and Titanium OH.” – Danny Larkin, Wasatch LC Co-Head Coach and Repetition Lacrosse Director.
“Today our offense showed their teamwork by really spreading the ball around and recognizing the good match-ups. We never once dodged on a long pole from up top and that helped us score a lot from the midfield. With super physical defense and owning players hands, Landon Nelson and Ryan Townson both had 6+ CTs (Caused Turnovers). Caused Turnovers sparked many transition opportunities for our team which allowed our team to maintain momentum in a running time game. Our players really proved today that they trust us because they were able to adjust to the changes of pace in all of our games by listening to our coaching.” – Ricky Larkin, Wasatch LC Co-Head Coach and Repetition Lacrosse Director.
After pool play concluded Saturday night, Wasatch LC was ranked #1 in Senior A, being the only undefeated team and leading the division with a +23 goal differential through 5 games.
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