On Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., the newest program in the state takes on one of the oldest as the Farmington Phoenix open its inaugural season against Judge Memorial.
The Farmington Phoenix are comprised of players from both Davis and Viewmont as the new high school was opened last pulling students from both schools. Just like its other sports, the Farmington team is heavy on the youth side with no seniors and four juniors.
“Since the beginning we’ve been thrilled by the unique opportunity to build a program from scratch,” said Farmington head coach Christian Taylor. “Our goal early on was to not only to begin to establish a successful program, but also to bring two previous crosstown rival groups of players together and create the type of team unity that makes team sports magical.”
Taylor hails from Bountiful, where he played four season at attack with the Braves. Taylor also played for BYU for two seasons. Joining Taylor on the sidelines will be his brother, James, who also played for Bountiful and BYU.
“James and I have coached together for the past couple of years and I didn’t think twice about asking him to come and help coach,” said Taylor. “He loves lacrosse, but he loves the boys more and enjoys nothing more than to see them succeed–and he would do anything to help towards that success. James brings a fire and an enthusiasm that for me as his older brother is just fun to watch and for me its really easy to just let him do his thing. I think all the boys (and me really) just think, ‘When I grow up I want to be like James.'”
Starting a new program like the Farmington Phoenix has its pros and cons. One of the pros is the opportunity to shape the direction and attitude the program will take.
“We constantly emphasize three things that have shaped our identity as a program: Excellence, heart, and attitude,” said Taylor. “Excellence: We have high expectations in everything we do from warming up, drills, running, or anything else. We want them to know that they can achieve hard things on and off the field, and empower them with the self-confidence that comes from knowing you did your best. Heart: Every time our players step out onto the field we want them to be able to look across at the opponent and have the poise and the belief that as a Farmington player they’ve worked harder and can go longer than them. Attitude: As coaches, we feel the responsibility to help provide a good experience to everyone who plays for this program. We know high school sports can be both exhilarating and hard. But we want everyone to have a “what can I do for the team” rather than a “what can the team do for me” type attitude.”
We want them to understand that playing lacrosse is a privilege. And of course we want to have fun together. I think we’ve begun to build something special and you see it on their faces and feel it when you’re around them.Christian Taylor, Farmington Head Coach
Leading the Farmington Phoenix on the field as captains will be Ben Braithwaite (Junior, Midfield), Cole Beynon (Sophomore, Midfield), Mason Knight (Sophomore, Defense), and Josh Nokes (Sophomore, Midfield).
“With such a young team, we’ve relied on younger players to step up and lead out,” said Taylor. “Ben brings Navy Seal-like discipline and leadership to our team. Cole’s DNA has leadership and it was natural for him to step up and lead out. He’s helped define the culture and identity of the team with who he is and how hard he works. Every team needs a Mason Knight. He brings a tenacity and grit to the team that I really view as key to our ongoing success. Josh brings a lot of lacrosse IQ and skill to our team and his teammates look to him to get better and improve. He is always helping others on and off the field with stick work or shooting and pushes everyone to work hard. Overall I couldn’t be more pleased by the caliber of our captains.”
Farmington Phoenix 2019 Schedule
Tue, Mar 5 @ Judge
Fri, Mar 8 vs. Green Canyon
Tue, Mar 12 @ Skyline
Thu, Mar 14 vs. West
Sat, Mar 16 vs. Highland
Thu, Mar 21 @ East
Tue, Mar 26 vs. Roy
Fri, Mar 29 vs. Jordan
Tue, Apr 9 vs. Bountiful
Thu, Apr 11 @ Woods Cross
Tue, Apr 16 @ Sky View
Thu, Apr 18 vs. Viewmont
Tue, Apr 23 vs. Weber
Fri, Apr 26 @ Alta
Tue, Apr 30 @ Syracuse
Fri, May 3 @ Fremont