Day Seven – Due to our team going 5-0 in pool play on Friday and Saturday, we were awarded the #1 seed going into the playoffs on Sunday. Receiving a first-round bye gave us the game at 10:15am, which helped our team catch up on some much needed sleep. After eating breakfast at the hotel, the team piled into the vans and we headed over to Mercer County Park for our quarterfinal game against Eastport South Manor (NY).
Coming off our a game yesterday against Team ESM, a 7-2 win for Wasatch, we knew that the odds were in our favor to win this re-match. But ESM had different plans and came out strong in the first half. A few early penalties by Wasatch gave the advantage to ESM and they capitalized by putting up three quick goals. Before Wasatch knew what hit them they were trailing 0-5 at halftime.
Having had to comeback in the second half to win four of our five games already in the tournament, our team knew that we had what it takes to rally back for the win. Zach Wentz (St. Johns College HS, MD/2017) took control of the faceoff X to begin the second half, which turned into a quick goal on the crease by Bailey Pope (Brighton HS/2015). After a few huge saves by Caelahn Bullen (Trinity Pawling HS, NY/2016), our team responded with another goal when Alex Croyle (Bonneville HS/2015) placed a shot into the bottom right corner. Wasatch LC captain, Carter Bean (Desert Hills HS/2015), dug deep after we let ESM score one more by scoring three straight goals of his own. However, it was just not enough as our team took a few shots at the end that went just wide. ESM ended up with the 6-5 victory, and ended Wasatch LC’s tournament with a quarterfinal loss. Although the team was disappointed with the loss, there was a lot to gain for the players and coaches from this amazing experience.
The team reassembled a few hours after our last game to watch the top championships for the Tri-State Festival. Team Philadelphia won the Rising Senior A over Titanium Ohio. Prime Time Lacrosse (CT) won the Rising Junior AA over Tri-State. Tri-State won the Rising Sophomore AA over Dukes LC (PA). Our players were amazed at the competition they saw from the top teams from the divisions that were lower than what we played in (Rising Senior A). Division 1 commits of all ages littered the field for three straight hours of great lacrosse. The most intriguing game that our team witnessed was the Rising Senior AA championship between Twist Black (PA) and Checkmate Sharks (Long Island, NY). Twist Black was the same team that Wasatch LC had scrimmaged last Wednesday at Chestnut Hill College, so our team was excited to see them win the championship 8-3 especially after we had only lost to them 7-8 in four-quarter scrimmage a day before the tournament started.
Later afternoon while the team was at dinner, we were able to catch the end of the World Cup. It got the team back in the competitive spirit before we went bowling nearby. It was a very relaxed atmosphere, and the team had a great time bowling while watching the Team USA vs Japan game on a giant projector at the end of the alley. Players were finally allowed to practice their trick rolls, and behind-the-backs and between-the-leg rolls were seen throughout the evening. Because of an early morning flight the whole team had to be up by 4am so they could get to the airport on time, so most of the players decided to pull an all-niter.
“It was an awesome experience to play against the high caliber lacrosse players back east. It was cool to see how Utah matched up against other states. Best lacrosse tournament/trip experience I’ve ever had.” – Alex Croyle, Bonneville HS, 2015, Midfield
“It’s the first time I’ve gone on a trip like this where I haven’t gotten anxious to get home. I love our team and it’s a privilege to be able to play side by side with these guys. There’s no other team I’d rather be playing for.” – Carter bean, Desert Hills HS, 2015, Midfield
“Awesome time with the Wasatch teammates this past weekend. Our team was intense and determined to win. We showed the east what the west is really made of. The atmosphere was tremendous, and I can’t wait to get back out there to play some ‘Satch laxcrosse with the bros!” – Caelahn Bullen, Trinity Pawling School (NY), 2016, Goalie
“Definitely the most fun and well planned trip I have been on! The Philly cheese steaks were awesome! Touring the colleges and playing teams above our level really helped us come together and see what the next level of lacrosse is like. Tristate was really eye opening. Playing and beating really good teams. I never thought it was capable of a Utah team. Undefeated and first seed truly shows that
“Tristate was one of the most fun tournaments I’ve been to. I haven’t had fun like that in a long time. I just got to go out on the field and play for the guys next to me and not worry about getting recruited. I didn’t feel the looming pressure of it I just felt like I was playing for the guys not myselfI also met some really cool guys which is always a plus. Don’t forget Angel as well, she was a smokeshow. #satchlax” – Ryan Baker, Juan Diego HS, 2017, Defense
“Last year we as coaches learned a lot on the trip and I believe that enhanced this year’s experience. Players knew what to expect this year and I believe expectations were met and superseded in some cases. All the players had fun the dorms which gave them a look into a college lifestyle. And touring the different colleges NCAA Division I, II & III levels, gave them perspective on what they can have to support their goals for next four years. I can not be more proud of the effort our coaching staff put forth and the team that Danny and Ricky Larkin assembled gained respect across the lacrosse community for their hustle, fast pace of play, shutdown defense and huge goal differentials. It’s an amazing experience to see these kids who wouldn’t normally hang out be social and become tight over a seven day span. I’m already thinking about Vegas.” – Adam Eddinger, General Manager, Assistant Coach at Chestnut Hill College
Highlights from our TriState Games can be found on our media page: http://repetitionlacrosse.com/WasatchLC/media.asp
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