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Chad’s Corner: Early Playoff Breakdown

This week we take an early look at how the Division I and Division II playoffs are shaping up so far. Things are bound to change.  Who knows? We may even see some Division I and Division II teams switch places or drop out completely. Let’s look at our predictions so far.

The Bye Teams, Division I

1) Herriman (6-0) Next game Wednesday April, 11th at 5:00 p.m. at West Jordan

The Mustangs are the only ones not surprised that they’re in the top spot. They are holding teams to 4.8 goals a game and scoring 18.5 the Mustangs will need to continue their stampede through April to hold on to a number one seed and that first round bye.

Plays winner of 8 v. 9

2) Lone Peak (6-0) Next game at home Friday, April 13th at 6:45 p.m. vs. Riverton

The next two games could make or break a top playoff seed. A weak RPI means that Lone Peak can’t afford a loss and expect to hang on to a top-4 spot or a first round bye.

Plays winner of 7 v. 10

3) Park City (6-0) Next game at home Tuesday, April 17th at 6:15 p.m. vs. Lone Peak

After outscoring opponents 92 -19 the Miners know it gets tougher from here on out. They have scheduled the back half of their season to be prepared for a championship run. Teams are going to need to do better than the 6.5 goals they’ve been averaging to come anywhere close to hanging with the champs.

Plays winner of 6 v. 11

4) American Fork (5-1) Next game Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. at Timpview

They can really make a splash if they win out. We could see them move up in the rankings. They will need to keep averaging 17 goals per game. These Cavemen are a handful. They have a keeper coaches dream of, as well as a great feeder and a player who dominates with the ball. That might be all American Fork needs to keep their hopes alive for a bye.

Plays winner of 5 v. 12

5 v. 12 Matchup

5) Weber (5-1) Next game Thursday, April 12 at 5:00 p.m.

The win at Brighton was big for the Warriors. The team has a great shooting percentage that could be overlooked by opponents. Della-Piana can be a difference maker in those close games when Warriors need the ball.

12) Jordan  (6-1) Next game Thursday, April 12th 5:30 p.m. at Mountain Crest

Jordan could finish with an 11-1 record, but its R.P.I. holds them back. You can’t ask much more of them than to win. Still lots of lacrosse left for the Beetdiggers to move up.

 

6 v. 11 Matchup

6) Viewmont (4-3) Next game at home Thursday, April 12th at 5:00 p.m. vs. Weber

Viewmont will need to keep opponents away from the net on its way through May. That will be easier since they have three players who have 20-plus goals on the season. Viewmont might be a playoff matchup nightmare for anyone.

11) Juan Diego (2-4) Next game Friday, April 13th 7:00 p.m. vs. Judge Memorial

Don’t let their record fool you. This team is tough and will not back down. Small program that can be a big spoiler if overlooked.

 

 

7 v. 10 Matchup

7) Riverton (5-0)Next game Friday, April 13th at 6:45 p.m. at Lone Peak

The Silverwolves have been perfect so far averaging just over 14 goals per game and giving up seven. This week you can bet both of those averages will be challenged.

10) Olympus (2-4) Next game at home Monday, April 16th 7:00 p.m. vs. Juan Diego

A talented team that has played a tough schedule. Their record doesn’t show it yet but last years Division II champs can prove they belong here if they get to 7 wins.

8 v. 9 MATCHUP

8) Corner Canyon (3-3) Next game Wednesday, April 11th 5:00 p.m. at West Jordan

When they win, they win and when they lose, they lose. It should be noted they play the third  hardest schedule this year. The Chargers have got to find back-to-back wins soon if they want to keep a Division I match-up.

9) Bingham (2-4) Next games at home Wednesday, April 11th 5:30 p.m. vs Brighton

Friday, April 13th 5:30 vs West Jordan.

The Miners have had to learn from some of the games they have played this year. A couple of plays go their way and they’re at 4-2. With some winnable games left the Miners could still have their best lacrosse in front of them.

The Bye Teams, Division II

 

1) Alta (4-2) Next game Friday, April 13th 5:00 p.m. at Copper Hills

Since losing to Jordan, the Hawks have found some firepower and scorched the past two opponents for 29 goals. They don’t look like they’re slowing down. The Hawks are almost locked in to a first-round bye.

Plays winner of 8 v. 9

 

2) West Jordan (5-1) Next game at home Wednesday, April 11th at 5:00 p.m. vs. Herriman

The Jaguars have come a long way. Last year at this time they had one win. I don’t think anyone would have imagined them being 5-1 and possibly finish with 10 wins this year.

Plays winner of 7 v. 10

 

3) Brighton (1-5) Next game Wednesday, April 11th at 5:30 p.m. at Bingham

The Bengals have the hardest schedule in the league this year. It might be what gets them by some teams with more wins who were not as challenged.

Plays winner of 6 v. 11

 

4) Waterford (2-4) Next game Tuesday, April 17th at 6:15 p.m. at Brighton

This could be a very dangerous team if Meyer and Miller stay healthy. Ravens have a chance to get 6 wins.

Plays winner of 5 v. 12

5 v. 12 Matchup

5) Copper Hills (2-4) Next game at home Wednesday, April 11th vs Corner Canyon

The Grizzlies have played the second hardest schedule this year. Seeing really good teams play against you can be frustrating. But it can also teach you some good lessons. Strong goalie play could be key in a deep DII run.

12) Lehi (2-2) Next game at home Wednesday April 11th vs Skyline.

There are still too many games to decide if playoff dreams comes true. They have the ability to do it.

6 v. 11 Matchup

6) Davis (4-3) Next game Friday, April 13 at 6:15 p.m. at Brighton

Darts could be a top-4 seed by playoffs. My crystal ball says eight wins this year is possible but seven is most likely.

11) Roy (5-1) Next game Thursday, April 12th 5:00 p.m. at Woods Cross.

Royals play the easiest schedule in the league. April will challenge them and we get a better picture of what Royals can do.

7 v. 10 Matchup

7) Timpview (3-2) Next game Thursday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. vs. Alta

The Thunderbirds have some big games coming up. They see the best of the Division I playoff teams to close out the season. Might be just what they need to sharpen their edges before the postseason.

10) Woods Cross (2-4) Next game at home Thursday, April 12th 5:00 p.m. vs. Roy

Woods Cross will need to have some players step-up and create their own offense if the Wildcats want to scratch out some late season wins. They really need to close out home games to keep a playoff spot.

8 v. 9 Matchup

8) Skyline (0-5) Next game Wednesday, April 11th 5:30 p.m. at Lehi

A team desperate for a win to stay in playoffs. A top-10 strength of schedule is all that is keeping them in at this point.   

9) Pleasant Grove (2-4) Next game Thursday, April 12 at 7:15 p.m. vs. Timpanogos

The Vikings are looking to get back on track. Pleasant Grove has one of the deeper teams in DII hunt. Could see a win streak on the horizon.

Outside looking in

25) Mountain Crest (2-3) Next game at home Tuesday, April 10th vs Roy

Seven games left means plenty of chances for the Mustangs to make a move.

 

26) Timpanogos (2-4) Next game Thursday, April 12 at 7:15 p.m. at Pleasant Grove

Timpanogos could get in with with a couple wins and skip over currently higher-seeded teams.

 

27) Wasatch (2-4) Next game at home Friday, April 13th 6:00 p.m. vs. Ridgeline

The Wasps will need to sting their opponents to make it in this year. Their strength of schedule is working against them. But with six games left, three look winnable giving Wasatch hope.  I’m still not sure that will be enough to get it done.

 

28) Judge Memorial (2-4) Next game Friday, April 13th 7:00 p.m. at Juan Diego

The Bulldogs will need to really play above and beyond what they’ve showed this so far this season to make it in.  But the young pups they have will no doubt be ready to take a bigger bite out of the competition next season.

 

29) West (1-4) Next game Wednesday, April 11th 5:30 p.m. at Ridgeline

The Panthers still could win out and make it in. They need some help but with 5 games left they control their destiny.

 

30) Box Elder (1-3) Next game at home Tuesday, April 17th 5:00 p.m. vs. Pleasant Grove

The Bees are all but out of playoff contention with a strength of schedule that is ranked thirtieth, but they still have a chance to add to the win column in their debut season.

 

31) Skyview 0-5. Next game Tuesday, April 10th 5:00 p.m. vs Weber

The Bobcats are hunting for their first win of the season and with a few late season home games it looks possible.

 

32) Ridgeline 0-4. Next game at home Wednesday, April 11th vs West

It’s still early in the season for the Riverhawks and its not out of the question if they get a win in their first season. I know I wouldn’t be surprised to see something big from this small team.

 

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