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Eagles Outgun Mustangs in Shootout

Skyline LacrosseOn a chilly afternoon with flurries of snow blowing across the valley, former D-II powerhouses Skyline and Herriman took to the field to contend for an important early-season D-I victory. The cold temperatures didn’t affect these two squads, however, as both teams came out on fire, blistering the nets for a combined 22 goals in the first half alone.  After defenses tightened up in the second half, the Skyline Eagles would use dominant faceoff play and several big runs to put the game out of reach and secure the 21-12 win
“This was a key win for us,” said Skyline Head Coach Dan Schmidt, “I’m proud of our effort; we’ve been preaching coming out early and competing for four quarters.”
Quarter one started quickly with both sides trading transition and unsettled goals.  When the dust settled a few minutes in, the game was tied at 4 apiece. But in the final seconds of the quarter, Skyline senior middie Ian Kadish powered his way topside, over his defender, and buried a shot to give the Eagles the 5-4 edge and the end of one.
The second quarter picked up right where the first left off when Skyline junior midfielder Ezra Schofield roll-dodged off the wing and found the top corner for the Eagle score.  But Herriman showed its grit as senior middie Braxton Thompson sprinted down the alley and scored on a bouncer followed by junior attack Chantz Roberts catching and finishing on the crease for another Mustang tally and tying the game at 6-6. That’s when Skyline’s FOGO Kadish decided to take over the game, winning the next eight faceoffs and sending his team on two four-goals runs that included two goals of his own, an Isaac Robins step-back rip, a Lane Kadish hat trick, one bouncing five hole, and a Bert Merrill man-up goal to end the half with the Eagles now up comfortably, 14-7.
“Kadish was dominant at the faceoff X,” remarked Schmidt, “he was off the charts.”
The second half saw the defenses on both ends of the field stepping up.  With a lot of balls knocked out of the air and failed transition attempts, things got a little more physical, resulting in a couple rare penalties in what was otherwise a very clean contests, but neither squad was able to take advantage of the man-up situations.  Skyline then pushed its lead with back-to-back goals, but the Mustangs weren’t about to roll over, and Mustang sophomore Matthew Everton and junior Roberts were able to capitalize with goals of their own on unsettled situations, closing out the quarter with the Mustangs trailing 9-16.
Quarter four started with more back-and-forth action, with another Ian Kadish Skyline goal and a Mustang score on a fast break by senior attack Matthew Dykes. The Mustangs then cut into the lead when Roberts snuck back door and had an easy one-on-one with the keeper on the doorstep. But another Eagle run that included goals from Schofield, Merrill, and senior middie Isaac Robbins would quash any hopes of a Herriman comeback, and a Nolan Richard dodge down the middle to score would prove too little, too late for the ailing Mustangs.
“We’re building momentum going into spring break,” said Schmidt, “we’ve got to stay focused – on point.”
Skyline will have a week off for spring break before returning to action against defending state champs Juan Diego on Tuesday, April 8, and Herriman will have a chance to get things turned around in a hurry as they take on Riverton this coming Monday, March 31.

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