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Big Second Half Lifts Tigers Past T-Birds

Orem v. Timpview lacrosse

In a game with good possessions by both offenses, a myriad of shots taken, and some great transition play, you’d expect to see big numbers on the board, but the first half of the game between the Orem Tigers and Timpview Thunderbirds was the polar opposite.  Staunch defenses on both sides of the ball deflected shots and kept the ball from getting inside for almost the entirety of the first two quarters of play.  The final score of 10-5 in favor of Orem came almost exclusively in the second half of a game that saw a 3-2 score at halftime.
“It’s frustrating because we know we can compete at a high level,” said Orem Head Coach Jordan Gardner, “we just started slow.”
Orem looked in control early with two long possessions that both ended in goals, one by attackman Anthony Rocha and the other from Chase Hansen.  Two penalties killed the Tiger momentum, however, and opened the door for an unsettled T-bird goal, bringing Timpview within one to end the quarter, 2-1.
Orem v. Timpview lacrosse
Orem again looked hot early as Hansen dodged from the wing and went five-hole on the keeper for the score.  But the goal would prove to be an anomaly, with both squads holding the ball for long minutes at a time and taking shots that weren’t on cage.  Near the end of the quarter, the Orem net-minder tried to sneak out of the cage to intercept a pass and missed, opening the door for Timpview’s McCade Rose to bury the empty-netter and again close the gap to one to end the half, 3-2.
“We had a talk at halftime [about how] we just play our game,” remarked Gardner, “and let that carry us.”
Orem showed what their game was all about in the second half, going on a tear for an impressive five-goal run that included a couple man-up goals from Ted Galbraith, two wing-dodges from Hansen, and high heat to the top shelf from Ian Hyde, giving the Tigers a big 8-2 lead.  The T-Birds didn’t just lie down, though; they fought back hard, getting several good looks at the cage, but ended up stonewalled by a good effort from Tiger keeper Devin Henson.
In the fourth quarter, Timpview senior attack Joseph Billings took the T-Birds on his shoulders and tried valiantly to mount a one-man comeback.  Billings first took the ball coast-to-coast off a clear to score, then nabbed a man-up goal, and capped off a hat trick in the quarter by scooping the rebound off his own blocked shot and sneaking it past the Tiger goalie.  Orem’s Hansen responded, though, and scored his fifth goal of the afternoon on a fast break and the Tigers would grab another goal late to put them out of reach, 10-5.  After a big hit, the officials decided to insert themselves into the game, and the last half of the fourth quarter was marred by tight calls and multiple penalties on both teams, including one on the visiting fans, resulting in a rather disappointing and anticlimactic ending to what was otherwise a well-played and hard fought game.
The difference maker in the game?
“[Junior middie] Erik Chavez, he’s a hustler, moving guys around, getting to ground balls, and pushing guys twice his size.”
Gardner on what the Tigers can take from the win: “We gotta look forward.  We have our last two games versus Pocatello and Highland, and we need to understand what we need to do against higher-level teams in the playoffs.”
Orem (5-8, 4-5) will travel to Brigham City on Monday to play a neutral-site game against Pocatello in an important cross-conference match up, and Timpview (4-4, 3-4) will play a crucial conference game against American Fork on Friday.

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