Last season, the East Leopards took home the Class B championship and are hoping to use it as a spring board for the 2019 season.
“We have a solid and experienced line of defenders this year and think they are as solid as any in the state.”East High School Head Coach Pete Idstrom
“Our focus is to work on becoming a little bit better every day, as a team and as a player,” said East head coach Pete Idstrom. “If we practice with a plan, a purpose and that central idea in mind over the course of the season we’ll play like we want to in May.”
The Leopards are led by senior captains Ben Freedman, Dalton Hoopes, Jack Idstrom and Charlie Stenberg.
The East Leopards return its top two scorers from last year in Idstrom and Stenberg and look to Spencer ‘Spee’ Mason, Alex Pavoni, and Evan ‘Reggie’ Madsen to round out the offensive threats.
“We have a solid and experienced line of defenders this year and think they are as solid as any in the state,” said Idstrom. “Max Eliason, Ben Freedman, Sau “Kisi” Tafisi and Abram Wilcox. These four play in front of Dalton Hoopes, who is a four year starter for us in goal. Eliason is physical, has great lax IQ, and great game sense and very vocal. One other player on team that is overlooked is our midfielder Will Parkin. He’s also very physical two-way middie and plays terrific D.”
“We have so many fun games this year but our rivalry game with Highland is always great,” said Idstrom.
The team is coming off a fall full of service.
“This past offseason one of our players and his family experienced a series of setbacks that resulted in the need for their home to be renovated and remodeled,” said Idstrom. “A number of families and businesses in the community came together to lend a hand. We had families and players from Highland, Judge, and Juan Diego, who all pitched in to help the family. It says a lot about the generosity and level of caring in the lacrosse community of Utah that so many players and parents from different teams came to help this family, simply because they know them through lacrosse.”
The 2019 schedule features top teams and will give the Leopards experience a test. The Leopards will get its first test Thursday at Riverton.
The East Leopards will also face first-year program Farmington High School. Read about the Farmington Phoenix’s inaugural season here.
2019 East Leopards Schedule
Thu, Mar 7 @ Riverton
Mon, Mar 11 vs. Bonneville
Thu, Mar 14 @ Davis
Fri, Mar 15 @ Rocky Mountain (ID)
Tue, Mar 19 @ Copper Hills
Thu, Mar 21 vs. Farmington
Tue, Apr 2 @ Skyline
Fri, Apr 5 @ Highland
Tue, Apr 9 @ Lone Peak
Fri, Apr 12 vs. Olympus
Tue, Apr 16 vs. Juan Diego
Fri, Apr 19 @ Park City
Tue, Apr 23 vs. Pleasant Grove
Thu, Apr 25 vs. Bountiful
Mon, Apr 29 vs. Timpview