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Blackhawks Defend Their Title in Colorado

For Immediate Release – Utah Blackhawks Lacrosse
Utah BlackhawksCoach Steve Dunn took his Utah Blackhawks back to Colorado Springs to defend their U17 title over the Labor Day weekend and came out with familiar results, the championship trophy. The weekend started off a little slow for the team. After a 10 hour drive, the boys finally arrived at their hotel after midnight and tried to get some rest for their early morning match-up. Due to some poor packing skills of the luggage and equipment bags many of the players had to deal with warped heads that could make you do nothing but laugh. These stick issues definitely showed in game number 1 versus Rocky Mountain Rogue. The game ended in a 5-5 tie after neither team could find the back of the net after 2 additional overtimes. After a 2 hour break, a good old fashioned tongue lashing by Coach Dunn, and some more stick doctoring magic, the players showed why they are considered the best club team in Utah. The Blackhawks pounded Devotion Lacrosse 20-1.
The next day was more of the same as the team took down Altitude Sickness 14-1 and the Colorado Wild 12-0. The Blackhawks finished pool play at 3-0-1 and earned the #2 seed for the playoffs in the 9 team field. Playoff Monday saw a rematch with Rogue and this time the team played much better than the first time around. The final score was 7-4, but was not as close as the score may look as Rogue put in a couple late goals. The win moved the team into the championship game versus the Arapahoe War Cry, a team that is made up of many of the players from the 2013 Colorado HS state championship team. The team came out strong, scoring early and often, and never gave their opponent an opportunity to get into the game. When the final whistle blew the scoreboard read 11-4 and it was time for pictures with the trophy. According to Coach Dunn the team really never showed a weakness all tournament except for travel-lag. Sean Edwards who split time with Q Mathie, was unbelievable between the pipes and never let up a bad goal in his 6 starts. Logan Lund dominated the faceoff “x” with a winning percentage over 75. The defense was a steal trap led by Tanner Duryea, Nate Wade, and Brody Bolerjack. Casey Rose and Luke Fairman owned the midfield on both sides of the line. On the attack side, Daxton Sloan started to show signs of his old self after an injury that ended his 2013 HS season, Chad Merrick could not be contained in any game, and Bailey Pope had a monster tournament, all for a thin attack group. At LSM, what more can you say, Garrett Bullett played like Garrett Bullett.
Utah BlackhawksCoach Dunn’s final words for the tournament were “Overall, it was a great group of kids blended from across Utah HS programs from Skyview in the north to Lehi in the south. Its a great feeling when you can take your home state players and come out with a trophy at a tournament of this caliber.”
Coaches Jay Fairman, Jeff Brzoska, and James Meyer also brought a U15 team to Colorado for the Utah Blackhawks. Unfortunately, the results were not as favorable as the U17 teams. The team managed a 4th place finish with a 3-3 overall record and according to the coaches had a chance to win every game they played with maybe the exception of the 212 game. Coach Fairman was proud of the way his team played considering many of his Utah players brought for this trip were inexperienced, had never played in an out of state tournament, or together as a team.
“Unfortunately, its football season and a lot of our more experienced players could not make it out for this one, but this was a great learning experience for our less seasoned players. This is the only way they are going to get better and grow the game for the state of Utah.” The goalie play of Sheridan Buchholz was strong all weekend. The attack was arguably the best of any teams in the tournament, led by Bubba Fairman and Josh Stout. Davis Zwicky, Zack Danninger and Max Franckowiak did a really nice job on face-offs and in the midfield. Cam Folkerson, Nathan Davis, and Zach Hamel led the way for the long sticks.
Next up for the Utah Blackhawks: AdrenaFest 2013, September 7th in Lindon Utah. We will have teams in all 3 divisions MS, HS, and Elite! For more information about the Utah Blackhawks, visit our website www.utahblackhawks.com and “Like” us on facebook www.facebook.com/utahblackhawks
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