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Boys 2016 Class-B Semifinal Sneak-Peek

The Boys Class-B semifinals will be played this Tuesday, May 17 at Timpview High School in Provo at 6 and 8 pm. Class-B is always a wildcard, with the six seed winning last season, so any of these teams could end up winning it all. Let’s see how they match-up:
No. 1 Bingham vs. No. 5 Waterford
 Bingham LogoBingham Miners
Path to Semis: beat Timpview 16-4, beat Syracuse 14-7
Goals per Game: 9.3 Goals Allowed per Game: 10.1
Record vs Class-B Teams: 7-1 Streak: Won 6
 
Waterford RavensWaterford Logo
Path to Semis: beat Roy 10-4, beat American Fork 14-5
Goals per Game: 8.6 Goals Allowed per Game: 8.1
Record vs Class-B Teams: 5-3 Streak: Won 2
Head-to-Head: Bingham won 10-9 in overtime.
Both of these teams seem to have peaked at the right time, decimating their opponents in the first two rounds. While these two are evenly-matched, they play two very different styles of lacrosse–Bingham takes advantage of transition and unsettled situations, pushing the tempo to give them an edge, and Waterford slows things down and controls the tempo of the game, finding the match-ups they want and exploiting the defense’s weaknesses through long possessions. The Miners have been a little more consistent vs. Class-B competition this season, but look for this one to come down to the wire once again.
No. 3 Bonneville vs. No. 7 Mountain Crest
Bonneville LakersBonneville Logo
Path to Semis: beat Weber 10-6, beat East 8-5
Goals per Game: 8.4 Goals Allowed per Game: 7.9
Record vs Class-B Teams: 8-2 Streak: Won 2
Mountain Crest MustangsMountain Crest Logo
Path to Semis: beat Riverton 13-12, beat Northridge 10-8
Goals per Game: 12.6 Goals Allowed per Game: 6.7
Record vs Class-B Teams: 5-1 Streak: Won 3
Head-to-Head: Bonneville won 7-8 in overtime.
The only team in this bracket with a better record against Class-B teams than Bonneville is Mountain Crest, who’s only lost a single Class-B game. However, that one loss came against Bonneville. The Lakers have a “never-say-die” attitude that has kept them in games all season long, including pushing some top-10 teams to their limits, while the Mustangs ran roughshod through their schedule before running into Bonneville and a pair of Class-A squads. Just as with the teams in the other semifinal game, these two went to overtime when they met in the regular season, and this game will come down to who is better prepared and who wants it more.
So, who ya got, laxfans? Tell us who you think wins and by how much in the comments below.

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