The Face-off (formerly known as ULN Staff Picks) is back and in a slightly different format. We used to ask a few staff members to submit their picks each week, but The Face-off will now feature Team Haslam v. Team Nelson. Tim Haslam and Steve Nelson will pick a person in the lacrosse community to pick for their team. This week will feature Drew Searl (Team Haslam) and Jon Atwood (Team Nelson). Searl played high school lacrosse at Judge before playing for Syracuse in the early 2000s. Searl also runs the annual East Meets West lacrosse camp. Atwood most recently was the Head Coach at Utah State and Co-Founded Mountain Crest High School and Sky View High School teams in the mid-2000s.
West Jordan @ West
JA: Even though West has the home court advantage and both teams have similar records I’m going to go with West Jordan. They have a more consistent history, staff and haven’t had the difficulties that West has had. West Jordan by 3.
DS: I like West in this one. I had a couple of West kids at the camp last year so I know they are solid. West by 1.
Highland @ Viewmont
JA: It will be Viewmont who does the pillaging to the Rams, I see Viewmont by 2.
DS: I gotta go with Viewmont in this one. Jake Fujikawa and Taran Stone are going to run wild. Viewmont by 5.
Skyline @ Riverton
JA: I know very little about High School lacrosse this season and even less about girls HS. I will go with the Silverwolves on this game by 4.
DS: I’m going to pick Riverton to win this game. Alisha Fullmer can’t be stopped. Riverton wins 12-8.
Judge @ Juan Diego
JA: Between Juan Diego and Judge Memorial I give it to the Soaring Eagle. They have a home court advantage and the better statistical edge. JD by 3.
DS: I have to go with my alma mater. Judge by 20. Just kidding, Bulldogs by 5.
UVU @ BYU
JA: BYU vs UVU should prove to be an exciting game to watch and I truly hope the game is streamed, (shameless request). Calling out a winner between BYU and UVU would normally be an easy task. But this season Coach Brae has developed and lead his team to a “Statement Season”. While no loss is a good loss, UVU has proven to hit some benchmarks in 2016. Consider the OT win vs GC, 1 goal loss to SDSU, UNH, and CSU, clearly something is headed in the right direction on Orem’s westside. Will that be enough to dethrone BYU and net a landmark win over the Cougars? On paper BYU has a little more firepower than UVU, UVU has more F/O options and the defense has allowed less goals. BYU has the home court advantage and the high ground on the pregame psych war. The Wolverines should give the Cougars a nail biter of a game but BYU will find a way to get the W. BYU by 1.
DS: UVU is trending in the right direction. I love the thought of the Wolverines getting the upper hand on their big brother. UVU wins in an overtime thriller, 10-9.
Let’s hear it lax fans. Who do you see winning this week?
|Team Haslam||Team Nelson|
|Week 1||Tim Haslam||Steve Nelson|
|Fremont @ Davis (B)|
|Bingham @ Judge (B)||Judge||Judge|
|Riverton @ Herriman (G)||Herriman||Herriman|
|Davis @ Mountain Crest (G)||Davis||Davis|
|BYU @ Colorado (M)||Colorado|
|Week 2||Pete Stevenson||Jordan Harris|
|Olympus @ Skyline (B)|
|Juan Diego @ Brighton (B)||Brighton||Brighton|
|Herriman @ West Jordan (G)||PPD||PPD|
|Copper Hills @ Jordan (G)||Jordan|
|Colorado Mesa @ Westminster (M)||Colorado Mesa|
|Week 3||Drew Searl||Jon Atwood|
|West Jordan @ West (B)||West||West Jordan|
|Highland @ Viewmont (B)||Viewmont||Viewmont|
|Skyline @ Riverton (G)||Riverton||Riverton|
|Judge @ Juan Diego (G)||Judge||Juan Diego|
|UVU @ BYU (M)||UVU||BYU|