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Judge Beats Copper Hills to Move on in Playoffs

Judge Attackmen Andrew Bergquist Shot Gets Saved by Grizzlies Goalie Spencer Smith
Judge Attackmen Andrew Bergquist Shot Gets Saved by Grizzlies Goalie Spencer Smith

The Judge Bulldogs and the Copper Hills Grizzlies are familiar foes when it comes to the playoffs. In the 2011 quarterfinals, Judge snuck by Copper Hills by a deflected goal in double overtime. This year, the Bulldogs, the No. 1 seed from the Salt Lake Conference, hosted the No. 4 seeded Grizzlies from the Sandy Conference on Wednesday. After a tough fight from both teams, the Judge will be moving on to the next round of playoffs, beating the Grizzlies 11-7.
The Bulldogs came out of the gate swinging with a 5 goal streak. All five of Judge’s first goals came from different players, including defender Mitch Summerson. There was a scrum in the middle of the field after a failed clear by the Grizzlies. Summerson came out of the pile sprinting towards the goal. He faked a pass and ripped pass Copper Hills Goalie Spencer Smith. The first quarter ended with the Bulldogs shutting out the Grizzlies, 5-0.
The second quarter was all Copper Hills. Their defense was able to hold the Judge offense scoreless the entire quarter. Copper Hills was able to take advantage of this momentum shift by scoring two goals. Grizzly Attackman Daxton Sloan snuck by his defender and took a shot at Judge Goalie Matt Crispo, who deflected it the other direction. Parker Davis was there to catch the rebound and quickly put it in the back of the net. The first half wrapped up with a score of 5-2 for Judge.

Judge Attackmen Andrew Bergquist Shot Gets Saved by Grizzlies Goalie Spencer Smith
Judge Attackmen Andrew Bergquist Shot Gets Saved by Grizzlies Goalie Spencer Smith
Judge’s attack was ready to put more points on the board as they came out of the half. Just 30 seconds after the 3rd quarter started, Wilson Lamb faked a shot from the wing, rolled, and cranked it in. Lamb would score another in this quarter to complete a hat trick. The Grizzlies were quick to answer with second goal from Davis, and one from Cody Pope. There was a scrum on the wing near Judge’s goal. The ball was picked up by Davis, who passed it to Pope on the crease who shot low-to-low, putting it in the back of the net. At the end of the 3rd quarter however, Judge outscored Copper Hills 4-2, bringing the score to 9-4 going into the 4th.
Copper Hills wasn’t ready to admit defeat yet, going on a 3 goal streak to bring the deficit to 2. However, Judge Attackmen Andrew Bergquist opened up in the 4th. Bergquist was found on the crease wide open to put one past the goalie. Then he was able to assist attackmen Grant Pierce for another goal. The final horn blew with a score of 11-7 for the Judge Bulldogs.
Judge Head Coach Dave Allen was overall pleased with his team’s performance, especially the defense’s ability to quickly get the ball back to the offense.
“Our defensive unit has been a strong and steady part of the team all year. They are quick, communicate well, and can create turnovers to start transition. We have held opponents to an average of less than 7 goals per game this year,” said Coach Allen.
One improvement that Coach Allen said he will be focusing on will be their accuracy of shots. “We did not shoot as well as we are capable, so we will address that before Lone Peak,” he said.
Judge moves on in the playoffs to host Lone Peak this Saturday at 10:00am at Judge High School.
B’s Players of the game
Judge: #2 Aaron Isaacson – Midfield, Senior
A huge factor in the victory on Wednesday was due to the fact that Judge was able to win a large portion of the face offs, giving them more offensive possessions. Aaron Isaacson was one of the face-off midfielders who made this happen. Of the 15 face-offs he took, he won 10 of them. He hustled whenever he was on the field and helped out in a majority of the ground balls. Aaron started playing lacrosse 2 years ago. He initially was running track and playing baseball. “Running laps just wasn’t cutting it,” he said. He was looking for something more physical. Aaron will be the attending the University of Colorado Boulder and is planning on playing lacrosse there.
Copper Hills: #25 Spencer Smith – Goalie, Junior
Spencer Smith is an amazing goalie. He came out on fire and kept that same intensity the whole game. He ended the game with a whopping 21 saves, a good number of them from right on the crease. Spencer’s athletic background is soccer, specifically goalie. He started lacrosse in 8th grade as a midfielder. After one game, the coach came up to him and asked him if he would like to play goalie. He jumped on it and he has been there ever since then. After graduation, Spencer plans on attending BYU and playing goalie there. While attending BYU, he plans on pursue a degree in Athletic Training.

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