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Boys: East Earns First Ever Win Over Rival Highland

The East Leopards took down their rival the Highland Rams for the first time in the programs history on Thursday by a score of 6-5 to snag home field advantage in the playoffs.
East came out much more aggressive than highland, scoring the first goal of the game on man-up by an unassisted goal from Freshman Attackmen Michael Anderson.  The scoring didn’t stop there for the Leopards, Senior Midfielder Chris Rowe found fellow Senior Attackmen Andrew Hagedorn to notch the game at 2-0 after the first quarter.
The Leopards kept the momentum going in the second quarter with Anderson scoring quick to start the 2nd quarter.  The two seniors, Rowe and Hagedorn hooked up once more push the lead to 4-0.  Highland finally stopped the bleeding on a drive and dump from Sophomore Middie Ki Easterwood to Sophomore Middie Tommy Jacobson for the goal.  East reclaimed the 4 goal on an assist from Sophomore Middie Daniel Anderson Michael Anderson ending the first at 5-1.
Highland was lacking aggression in the first half, hesitating to pull the trigger when hands were free.  The Rams took a total of 5 shots in the first half, only 2 of them on cage.  East on the other hand was pelting Highlands Goalie Mitch Harned.  The Senior had 6 saves in the first half and still had a long day ahead of him.
Highland picked up the intensity to start the second half, giving Harned some much easier save opportunities but struggling to find the back of the net.  The Rams got another great drive and dump from Easterwood, this time finding Sophomore Attackmen James Parkin to cut the lead to 5-2.  Highland had the momentum going in to the final period after winning the third quarter and keeping it close.
The Rams made a strong final push in to start the 4th quarter, with unassisted goals coming first from Senior Attackmen Kyle Bergeson and then from Jacobsen to cut the East lead to 5-4.  East shut the door on Highland though, with a goal coming off of a ground ball from Senior Attackmen Scott Bringhurst.  Bergeson scored once more for the Rams with 2 minutes remaining but they couldn’t control possession for a decent chance at overtime, ending the game 6-5.
Highland was carried by Harned between the pipes, who had 14 saves throughout the game with 8 in the second half. Bergeson and Jacobsen each finished with 2 goals each, with Easterwood notching 2 assists.  Highland dominated GB’s and faceoffs but just couldn’t finish strong when possessing the ball.
East was led by their Freshman Attackmen Michael Anderson who had a hat trick to finish the game.  Senior Attackmen Hagedorn finished with 2 goals.  The Leopards had two players finish with 2 assists each; Daniel Anderson  and Chris Rowe.
This game was a defacto 2nd place game for Division II Salt Lake Conference, both teams competing for home field advantage.  Herriman finished in 1st place, with East grabbing 2nd on Thursday evening.  East now has home field advantage to start the playoffs, with Idaho Falls making the trip to Salt Lake.  Highland fell to 3rd place and will have to hit the road to face a very versatile Box Elder squad.  Murray finishes off with the 4th seed in the Salt Lake Conference.
When asked about facing Idaho Falls for the second time this season to start the playoffs, Easts’ Head Coach Pete Stevenson said, “We get to play at home against someone we’ve already played so it gives us a little bit of an advantage this time that we don’t have to drive up there. They beat us pretty good so were going to have to play really well if were going to show up for that game.”.

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