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2015 Boys Preview: North Conference

The North Conference doesn’t have any teams that were designated as D-I last season, but there will be several teams contending for seeds in the highest playoff at season’s end.
Bonneville LakersBonneville Lakers (11-5, ULA D-II Quarterfinals)
Bonneville had a strong 2014 season, highlighted by a win over D-I Judge and their only regular-season losses coming to top-10 teams in Sky View, Syracuse, and Skyline. After early victories, the Lakers split a trip to Boise, winning vs Boise and losing to state-runners-up Timberline, and then proceeded to steamroll through all the unranked teams on their schedule, making an eventual exit in a close quarterfinal game against Copper Hills.
In 2015, the Lakers will lean heavily on a much-improved Alex Croyle to put up points on the offensive end and Zach Hamel to be their difference-maker on a strong defensive unit. Bonneville will also field a much younger team than last season, using a large incoming freshman class to fill holes left by graduated seniors.
Highlighting the schedule this season will be rematches against last season’s championship-p contenders Syracuse and Sky View.
Box Elder Bees (5-9, ULA D-II First Round)
The Bees’ 2014 season was highlighted by wins over Timpview, Fremont, and Roy and making the ULA D-II playoffs. The season ended with a first round exit against emerging powerhouse American Fork, 18-7.
Box Elder will look to improve on their five wins from last season in 2015 with rematches against Roy, Fremont, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, and Timpview and big match-ups with Mountain Crest, Logan, and brand new program Wasatch.
Fremont Silverwolves (7-9, ULA D-II First Round)
The Silverwolves were a Jekyll-and-Hyde team in 2014; when Fremont won, their average margin of victory was 15 goals, including wins against Lehi and Woods Cross, but the Silverwolves dropped a couple early games to Logan and Box Elder, and ended the season on a five-game losing streak.
Fremont has a full schedule for the 2015 season with some tough games against Bonneville, Bountiful, Sky View, and Syracuse. The Silverwolves will have to play their best to improve on last season’s results.
Idaho Falls Tigers (6-5, ULA D-II Playoff Play-In Game)
The Tigers won early in 2014 against in-state rival Pocatello which was followed by three-game streaks of losses and wins. The next four games went back-and-forth with a loss, win, loss in the D-II play-in game, and an out-of-state win against Billings Skyview of Montana.
The 2015 season holds a much more extensive schedule for Idaho Falls, including an early season trip to play Reno in Nevada and a game against Jackson, Wyoming. The battle for southeast Idaho lacrosse supremacy will happen on April 11 as Idaho Falls will host Pocatello in a rematch of last season’s one-goal game.
Logan Grizzlies (4-9, ULA D-II First Round)
Logan landed squarely in the middle of the D-II North/Ogden grouping last season, stealing a win at Fremont and beating Roy, Pocatello, and Box Elder. Their season ended with a 7-16 loss against East in the first round of the D-II playoffs.
The Grizzlies will kick off the 2015 season with a trip to Nevada to play against Coronado Blue. Logan will play in-valley rivals Sky View on April 25 and Mountain Crest on April 29.
Mountain Crest Mustangs (4-7, ULA D-II First Round)
The Mustangs found their stride in the second half of the 2014 season, notching wins against Pocatello, Box Elder, and Logan last April, but eventually saw their season end after a hard-fought game with Northridge.
Mountain Crest will stay almost entirely in the new UHSLL North for the 2015 season, playing only Spanish Fork, Waterford, and Timpview as outside opponents. The Mustangs will look to maintain a foothold in Cache Valley when they take on Logan and will look to improve on last season by avenging a close loss to Roy when the teams meet on April 15.
Northridge Knights (10-4, ULA D-II Quarterfinals)
Northridge had very successful 2014 campaign that included wins over Woods Cross, East, Timpview, and Lehi. The Knights found their mojo late and had a five-game win streak going into the quarterfinals of the playoffs before running into Syracuse.
The 2015 season will have Northridge face a lot of familiar opponents. The Knights will get out of the north division early with games against Judge, West Jordan, and East (and later against Waterford). If they can build momentum, the Knights will find their rematch against Syracuse on April 14 to be a significant match-up.
Pocatello Indians (2-11)
Pocatello’s 2014 season was marked with wins over West and Murray and one-goal losses to Idaho Falls and Box Elder.
The Indians’ 2015 schedule is made up entirely of teams from the UHSLL’s north division and, surprisingly, the south division, including Timpview, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Timpanogos, and Westlake. Pocatello will look to improve on last season’s results with big games against Box Elder on April 3, Idaho Falls on April 22, and Westlake on April 25.
Roy RoyalsRoy Royals (3-11)
The Royals had a rough start to the 2014 season playing against top-10 Sky View and Skyline for their first games ever. But Roy learned from early-season losses and got their first program win, 8-6, over Mt. Crest, followed by later wins over Pocatello and Westlake.
Roy has a full 2015 schedule for the program’s second ever season. Highlights of the schedule include local tilts against Weber on March 20, Fremont March 31, Northridge April 21, and Syracuse on April 27.
Sky ViewSky View Bobcats (19-0, ULA D-II Champions)
Sky View had the best 2014 season of any team in the state, using a methodical offense and disciplined defense to run roughshod through three Nevada teams in Green Valley, Liberty, and Bishop Gorman, and then the ULA’s entire division-II, securing a perfect record through the regular season. The Bobcats continued their run through the postseason and hoisted the championship trophy after a 9-3 victory over Syracuse in the final.
The Bobcats will be led by the athletic Ben Watteyne and the defense that only allowed 4.2 goals per game last year will again be anchored by 4-year-starter Phil Cannell between the pipes, giving them a great chance to hold teams under five goals again this season.
Sky View will have a tough time repeating last year’s record, however, as they’ll face stiff competition from teams like Spanish Fork, Bingham, and Juan Diego and finish off the regular season with a rematch of last year’s championship versus Syracuse.
SyracuseSyracuse Titans (13-6, ULA D-II Runner-Up)
The 2014 season was a good one for the Titans; Syracuse beat every D-II opponent the faced with the exception of Sky View. They also beat several D-I teams, including a victory over Waterford, avenging their loss in the championship from the previous season. But the Titans again found themselves on the wrong end of the championship for the second year in a row, losing to conference rival Sky View 3-9.
In their 2015 campaign, the Titans will rely heavily on their defense with defensive captain (and man-up contributor) Kendall Jackson and other returning starters. Syracuse will also have strength in Jonah Warnick, Zachary Baird, and Erik Kapp at the midfield. First-year head coach Tristan Newkirk is confident that team chemistry and cohesiveness will lead the Titans to even more success this season.
The Titans will have their hands full this season playing teams such as Viewmont, Davis, Bountiful, Waterford, Herriman, and, of course, the regular season finale against Sky View.
Weber Warriors (7-7, ULA D-II First Round)
The Warriors had an up-and-down 2014, winning and losing in pairs through much of the regular season. A rough start against good Viewmont and Bountiful teams started the roller coaster that included wins vs Boise, Box Elder, Mt. Crest, and Roy and losses to Sky View, Bonneville, and Syracuse. The season ended in disappointing fashion with a close first-round loss to Lehi.
There’s a lot of promise for the Warriors’ 2015 season, however, as they return most of their starters from last season, including seniors Ellis Alexander, Patty Karner, and Tanner Shepherd and some talented underclassmen. Second-year head coach Chuck Holland is optimistic that this squad can gel and improve on last year’s performance.
The 2015 schedule should be a good barometer for the Warriors as it mirrors last season’s with some tough games right out of the gate against Bountiful and Davis followed by a run of familiar teams from the North and West, including big games against Viewmont, Sky View, Syracuse, and Olympus.
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