The Bonneville Lakers rolled past the Roy Royals on Wednesday afternoon in Roy by the score of 16-6. The Bonneville upperclassmen led the way, picking up a key conference win for the Lakers who are now 8-2 while the Royals fall to 1-9.
Roy scored first when Tacoma Martenez scored off a great feed from Kel Bambough. Bonneville answered right back just 43 second later when Alex Croyle found the back of the net, tying the game at 1. From there, Bonneville scored with ease. Gabriel Geary, Croyle and two Jared Johnson goals put the Lakers up 5-1 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw Bonneville defender Zach Hamel get a goal after he scooped up a loose ball, cleared it to an attackman and stayed in the attack, getting the pass back from the attackman and shooting for the goal. Johnson and Croyle each scored for the Lakers, giving them a commanding 8-1 lead at halftime.
Bonneville used two man-up goals to begin the scoring in the third quarter after a transition heavy opening to the second half. Freshman Midfielder Tate Macfarlane scored his first goal of the season for the Lakers at the 3:28 mark to give Bonneville an 11-1 lead. Roy would add to their total on two goals that were deflected, both on passes, that found their way into the back of the net. A third Royals goal came when Bambrough wrapped around from X and scored off a nice jump shot from 10 yards out, making the score 11-4 for Bonneville. The Lakers would cruise the rest of the game, leaving with a 16-6 win when all was said and done.
“Our rides were really, really strong today,” said Bonneville Head Coach Chase Hanchett. “We didn’t come out flat today which is something that has plagued us this year.”
Bonneville was led by Johnson who had 4 goals and 4 assists. Alex Croyle had 3 goals and 3 assists while brother Austin Croyle had 3 goals and 2 assists. In total, 9 Laker players register a point or more. For Roy, Bambrough had 2 goals and an assist while Martenez finished with 2 goals. Dalton Skidmore had 1 goal and 1 assist.
“We had three freshman score today which is exciting,” said Hanchett. “Zach Hamel. The kid is a game changer. It’s comforting, the second you see him on someone with the ball. He’s a quiet kid but a leader on the field.”
Bonneville will host rival Syracuse this Friday in a No. 3 v. No. 4 match-up. Roy will take on Pocatello on Saturday. The Royals will need a win to keep their playoffs hopes alive.