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After Flat Start, Judge Takes Down Herriman in Double-OT Thriller

The Herriman Mustangs took on the Judge Bulldogs Wednesday night in what could be one of the best games of the year. Herriman came out flying, putting 5 goals in before halftime. Judge responded in the second half with 6 goals to Herriman’s 1, sending the game to overtime. After two overtime periods Judge came out on top with a final score of 7-6.
The Mustangs came out hot Wednesday night in the first half while the Bulldogs seemed rusty and flat. Herriman’s ride and clearing game were on point leading to goals from unsettled situations and fast breaks. Herriman’s offense was clicking on all cylinders in the first half and Judge didn’t seem to have an answer. Judge had good opportunities and good looks on cage but weren’t able to capitalize after hitting the post multiple times and missing the cage.
Herriman Judge 2016 1After halftime something began to click for the Judge team and the roles reversed. Judge became the aggressor and their rides became suffocating. They battled for every ground ball and often ended up triple teaming the ball in order to cause a turnover. They came out looking sharp, nothing like the team from the first half. When asked what was said at halftime to get his guys going, Judge coach Charles Gosselin said, “this is the beginning of our season right now, everything behind us is done, and they needed to dig deep…” He continued to compliment Herriman on a great game in which both teams dug deep and played well.
He commented on his face off specialist Noah Hill who dominated at the dot, winning almost every face off of the night. He said, “if we could keep him out there the whole time we would, without those face offs we’d be in trouble.”
After a hard-fought regulation full of excellent lacrosse on both sides of the field, they went into overtime where both teams had good looks but weren’t able to capitalize. In the second overtime Herriman had a few good looks and shots on net but could not get anything past Judge goalie Gabriel Gaitan. After a few attempts Judge was finally able to get the ball into the hands of number 10, Noah Hill, who picked up the ground ball and ran 45 yards, getting slashed before ripping a top shelf high-to-high shot from 10 yards out, past Herriman’s goalie, top corner to win the game for the Bulldogs.
Judge will take on Bingham at home Friday April 8th at 7pm, and Herriman will play West Jordan Monday April 11th at 7pm at home.

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