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2013 Boys D-II First Round Match-up Preview

It has been an interesting season for Division II with many teams having had their ups and downs. Each team that has made it to playoffs has some spectacular players and there are surely going to be some interesting match-ups. Out of the 8 match-ups in the first round, only two of the teams have played each other this season, so every game will be that much more exciting.
2013-Herriman-Skyline-Boys-Lacrosse-06Timpview Thunderbirds @ Skyline Eagles
Timpview has a conference record of 4-5 and an overall record of 6-5, a great improvement over their record last year of 0-11. Midfielder McCade Rose leads the team in scoring and ground balls. They also have a strong face-off middie in Will Watanabe.
Skyline will enter the playoffs as the number two team in the division. Skyline was undefeated in conference play at 9-0 and had an overall record of 11-4. This is Skyline’s first season as a D-II team and ended last season with a 2-11 record. The Eagles have a few weapons in the Kadish brothers, Ian and Lane as well as attackman Matthew Hart and face-off middie Colton Goates. The Eagles also have a strong goalie in Austin Dorius, who allows only 4.8 goals per game.
East Leopards @ Lehi Pioneers
East had a conference record of 6-5, with an overall record of 6-8. The Leopards are a team that knows how to share the ball. They have a handful of players scoring each game, but not one in particular that a defense could focus on to shut down. This should work to East’s advantage. Daniel Anderson leads the Leopards with over two points a game.
The Pioneers have a 6-4 conference record and are 9-6 overall. Lehi has some of the best offensive players in the division. Ian Hullinger is a division leader  in goals and Ryan Johnson is a leader in assists. They make a combination that will be hard to shut down.
Orem Tigers @ Waterford Ravens
Orem is sitting at a 5-5 conference record with 7-8 overall. The Tigers have a solid set of attackmen: Chase Hansen, Joshua Harris, and Anthony Rocca. Keeper Davy Colby has a saver percentage of 60%.
The Ravens narrowly lost to Skyline for the top seed in their conference and ended with a 8-2 conference record and 11-4 overall. Waterford’s strength is that they have only allowed 5.25 goals per game against conference teams. To go along with that, they have some of the best attackmen in the division with Luke Pyper and Matthew West.
Highland Rams @ Mountain Crest Mustangs
The Rams have a 4-6 conference record and are 4-11 overall. Highland has Kiesh Easterwood and Thomas Jacobsen who each average over two points a game. Luti Nonu has a face-off win percentage of almost 54%.
The Mustangs are returning champions. Although they started a bit slow, losing their first four games against some of the top teams in the state they have gone undefeated since. Their conference record is 8-1 and overall are at 8-4. They have won conference games by an average margin of almost 7 points. Mustang offense is strong, thanks to several players including Taylon Niederhauser, Troy Netzley and Erik Smith. Niederhauser has the most points in D-II. Tanner Bodily is a face-off middie that is tough to beat, winning over 64% of the time. The Mustangs also equip a great keeper. Bryce Hatfield has a 64% save percentage.
West Jordan Jaguars @ Herriman Mustangs
West Jordan has a conference record of 3-7. Overall they are at 3-8. The Jaguars have a couple of excellent players on offense with Chase Peterson and Andrew Harmon. Cade Wright, West Jordan’s goalie, is also tough to beat.
Herriman has claimed the number one spot in the division this season and will be the team to beat. Herriman lost only one game this season, against Brighton, who is the number two team in D-I. Their season record was 13-1, 10-0. The Mustangs have some of the best offense in the state with Chantz Roberts, Dillon Meyer and Benjamin Richard. Richard is division leader in both assists and in overall points. Richard also has a face-off win percentage of 72%. Goalie Wyatt Katsos also has a 68 % save percentage, the best in the division.
American Fork Cavemen @ Fremont Silverwolves
The Cavemen have a conference record of 5-5 and an overall record of 5-6. Coulson Tucker, Jace Miller and Chase Chuillard are all averaging over 3 points a game for American Fork. The Cavemen also have two face-off middies, Miller and Alex Dobson, winning over 50% of the time.
The Silverwolves are 6-2 in conference play and 9-5 overall. They also have a couple great attackmen, Trevor Ingram and Michael Goldsberry, averaging over 4 points each. Face-off middie Dakota Garcia has over 57% wins. Goalie Jacob Beyeler will be tough to score on, with a save percentage of 63%.
Northridge Knights @ Sky View Bobcats
Northridge and Sky View have already matched up once this season and Northridge came out on top, winning 9-8. The Knights have a conference record of 6-4 and overall record of 8-4. Daniel Bell and Zachary Winter are a tough offensive combo to beat, averaging over 5 points each. Winter also has a face-off win percentage of 54%.
The Bobcats are at 8-2 in the conference and 10-6 overall this season. Bryant Cannell leads the team in points with over 5 a game. He also has a face-off win percentage of almost 57%. Shane Canfield is also scoring over 2 points per game.
Logan Grizzlies @ Syracuse Titans
The Grizzlies have a 3-6 conference record and are 3-9 overall. Logan has 4 different players scoring over 2 points a game, including Jaxton Birky who is scoring almost 4 points a game. Face-off middie Jaden Connor is also winning over 67% of the time.
The Titans went 7-2 in conference play and 11-2 overall. Syracuse has several great offensive players, including Jordan stark scoring almost 5 points a game and Connor Meyer with over 3 points a game. Meyer is the D-II leader in the state with a win percentage of 84%.

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