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Alta Starts Slow, Finds Feet in Defeat of Mountain Crest

Alta HawksOn a very wet Friday night, the Alta Hawks defeated the Mustangs of Mountain Crest under the lights of the Alta High School Stadium. The contest was aggressive and physical throughout, despite the weather. Alta came out on top in the end, winning 17 to 5.
From the very first seconds of the game, the battle was intense. Alta set a precedent with a goal in the first minute of play.This did not discourage the Mustangs in the least. Instead, it fired them up. Mountain Crest took control of the ball just minutes later and scored a goal of their own. The Hawks took the ball back and were making plays. They took several shots at incredibly high speeds, some off target, others saved by Mountain Crest goalie Bryce Hatfield.
At this point, Mountain Crest showed why they were the 2012 D-II champions. Regardless of the fact that it was raining and that they were playing with a wet ball and wet gear, the Mustangs were connecting on their passing. This was  particularly the case with their clears. They were sprinting hard. This allowed for a couple more scoring opportunities. The Mustang’s final goal of the quarter came when midfielder Colton Turley snatched the ball right out of the air on a failed clear. Turley found himself one-on-one with the goalie and easily placed the ball in the goal.
At this point, it was starting to look like Mountain Crest’s game to lose. Alta had other plans.
“Well, I’ll give the credit to Mountain Crest,” commented Alta Head Coach Mark Davis. “They came out hot. They played the run and gun game very well. We came out flat. The turning point was there towards the end of the first quarter. We have always had a very good up-tempo offense and we played our game.”
The Hawks claimed the final goal of the first quarter bringing the score to 4-2, Mountain Crest with the lead. As the game continued into the second quarter Mountain Crest had scored again within the first two minutes. This was the last straw for Alta. This goal seemed to anger them. Play began to get very physical at this point.
“I will credit that to Mountain Crest,” said coach Davis, “They played a physical game and our boys decided to show up. We are not usually a huge physical team, and yet we won’t back down either.”
Mountain Crest continued to complete their clears with ease, but were unable to capitalize. Alta had stepped up their defense. Both teams had begun fighting for the ball as if a championship was on the line. Alta pulled all the stops on offense started shooting any time they had a chance. As a result, the Hawks began what ended up being a 12-point run that continued into the fourth quarter.
In the second half the Hawks truly showed why they were the 2012 D-I runner-up. They outplayed Mountain Crest on offense and defense. While Mountain Crest began to look tired, Alta seemed to be picking up steam.
In the second half Alta Attackman Tanner Brown picked up a goal and an assist to add to the two goals and two assists he already previously scored. Attackman Harrison Waddoups ended the game with two goals and two assists. Several other Hawks picked up a couple goals each.
The Mustangs are set to play against Syracuse on March 13. The Hawks will prepare for the Boise Invitational next week.
“We will see how the Boise Invitational goes,” said Davis. “It will be nice to see how we compare to out-of-state teams early on in the season. It’s early and we have got a lot to work on.” The Hawks will face the Foothill Falcons (CA), Glencoe (OR), and Mountain View (ID). For a full run down of the Boise Invitational, see the article on Idaho Lacrosse News.

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