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Boys: No. 1 Judge Edges No. 7 Olympus to Stay Unblemished

The Judge Bulldogs outlasted the Olympus Titans on Friday to improve to 10-0 on the season and win another close one over a top ten opponent.  These two teams matched up very well, playing a tight one all the way through with judge ending up on top 7-6.  Olympus and Judge could very well meet again in the playoffs with the way both teams have been playing lately.
Olympus scored first thanks to a dish from Senior Middie Tucker Beuhner to Junior Middie Samuel Josephson for the goal.  The Bulldogs answered back off of a Goal by Junior Attackmen Wilson Lamb assisted by Junior Midfielder Michael Conti. The game was tied at 1-1 for 4 minutes until Olympus’ transition offense had a burst of production.  Judge left Senior Defenseman Taylor Elton wide open for much too long and gave up some momentum because of it.  Elton stood in open space after dumping the ball to Beuhner, who passed right back to Elton fifteen feet out.  Elton ripped the back of the net with a blazing shot that set Oly’s bench on fire.  The Titans scored once more on a give and go off of the ensuing face-off, putting them up 3-1 to end the first quarter.
Olympus was clearly showing more energy than Judge and intended to keep it that way.  The Titans came out to start the second with “Swagger” as their cheer, looking to keep their whole team involved.  Judge showed some confidence of their own to start the second though, with a D-pole of their own getting in on points.  Junior Long-Stick-Middie Matthew Hirning took advantage of a fast break chance, dishing to Lamb for the easy score. The Bulldogs kept the scoring rolling from there with two scores coming from Senior Attackmen Patrick Griffin and Senior Middie Zach Knettles.  Judge looked to control momentum going in to the half but Olympus scored with 14 seconds to go in the first half to steal it back.  Senior Attackman Daniel Spencer strung through an impossible pass to Sophomore Attackmen Madsen Murphy on the crease.  Murphy finished with in between four defenders to end the half at 4-4.
Both teams came out focused in the second half after playing an even first.  Judge and Olympus had gone back and forth quite a bit in the game already but settled in the second half.  Each team had an unassisted goal off of ground ball situations pushing the score to 5-5 halfway through the 3rd.  Judge got one more Lamb to Griffin though, to put them up 6-5 heading in to the final period.  Olympus had dominated face-offs in the quarter, winning all four, but just couldn’t capitalize on settled possessions.
The Titans and Bulldogs played another tight quarter, playing tough defense, and trading possessions.  Neither team scored until the final three minutes with Patrick Griffin getting his last goal of the game from an assist by Knettles with 2:54 remaining for Judge.  The Bulldogs had played a great opportunity out after scoring with a flag down on the field.  Olympus was down one man two goals and needed a big faceoff win to stay in it.  The Titans experienced Senior Faceoff Midfielder Walker Ward, won the face and moved the ball to fellow Middie Sam Josephson to try to kill the penalty. Sam showed off his wheels and toughness, after being doubled team and getting out alive he crashed to the cage and scored shorthanded to cut the lead to one with 2:17 to go.
Judge finally won a face-off in the second half and looked to seal the deal with good ball movement and time management.  Olympus doubled the ball for forty-five seconds before stripping it and running it down field for a chance at a goal.  The Titans zipped the ball around but couldn’t find any openings in a stingy Bulldog defense.  Olympus had to settle for a low angle shot with 20 seconds left that was stuffed by Junior Goalie Matthew Crispo eventually ending the game at 7-6 Judge.  Judge celebrated another tough victory  to move to 10-0 and Olympus dropped to 5-3 overall.
Crispo played a great game for Judge with 10 saves throughout the game.  Patrick Griffin led the way for the Bulldogs with 3 goals and 1 assist. Wilson Lamb had 2 goals and 1 assist, and  Zach Knettles had 1 Goal with 1 assist for Judge.  The most impressive aspect of Judges team has to be their defense, led by Seniors Andrew Rechsteiner, Jay Jensen, and Griffin Conroy.  The Bulldogs have not allowed more than six goals to any team inside the state of Utah so far this season, leading  to zero in the loss column so far.
When asked who stood out in the game Judges Head Coach Dave Allen spoke right up about his defense saying, “Our goalie kept us in the game for the while there, and our D too.  All of our defensive starters just stepped up big.”
No. 1 Judge goes on to play No. 6 Park City on Wednesday, April 20th, 7:15 PM at Judge Memorial High School.
Olympus was led by Sam Josephson who had 2 goals and fellow Middie Tucker Buehner with 2 assists.  Walker Ward had a great game for The Titans at the face-off X, winning  8, and finishing with 1 goal and 1 assist.  Olympus played a decent defensive game against Judge thanks to a newly installed zone defense, but fell just short in the end.
No. 7 Olympus moves on to play D-II No. 3 ranked Lehi on Monday, April 25th, 5:00 PM at Holladay City Hall.
 

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