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No. 7 Jordan Tops No. 2 Bountiful, Moves on to Quarterfinals

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The Jordan Beatdiggers beat the Bountiful Braves 11-9 Wednesday evening in a slippery, mud-filled battle at Bountiful’s home field. The Braves were the first to strike, but it would be their only lead of the game, and it didn’t last long.
Bountiful Face-off Specialist Jace Thomas won the first face-off, which created a fast break situation. He dished the ball to Chandler Wescott, who then passes it to Mike Cheney open on the crease. It was textbook, flawless fast-break. Ten seconds later however, Shaylor Sylvester of Jordan dodged and found the back of the net to tie the game. Jordan continued the scoring, running on a 3 goal spree in three minutes with two goals from Jace Babka. Bountiful ended their spree with a goal from Brock Jeppesen, assisted by Cam Redmond. The Beatdiggers ended the quarter with momentum from a great assist by goalie Jared Rigby.  Rigby was clearing the ball, and no one was picking him up so he continued across half field.  Zach Pierce got open, and Rigby zipped a pass to him for a goal.  Bountiful got one more goal before the 1st quarter ended with Jordan up 4-3.
Bountiful outscored Jordan in the second quarter 3-2.  Jordan’s first goal came from Bradford Anderson.  He came around from Goal-Line Extended and faked a pass up to a midfielder.  The defender guarding him fell for the fake and gave Anderson room to go one-on-one with goalie Dalon Hampshire.  A couple of fakes and the ball was in the back of the net.  The Braves would end the quarter with a goal from Wescott.  He took his defender down the right wing, burned him below GLE and put the ball in.  The second quarter ended with a score tied at 6-6.
Bountiful Jordan
Jordan started the third quarter off red-hot, going on a 4 goal streak. Two of their goals came from man-up advantages. Their second man-up goal came from Pierce, who was at X, and found Kyle Nordhagen open on a cut to the goal.  Bountiful was quick to answer with another goal from Wescott.  Wescott took a shot from the outside, and goalkeeper Rigby was quick to save, but the rebound bounce right back into Wescott’s stick.  A quick flick and the score was 10-7 Jordan.
The Braves were the first to strike in the fourth quarter, with a great dodge from James Clayton. Jared Rigby has two great saves from shots right on the crease, but wasn’t able to stop the next show from Mike Cheney, assisted by defender Jess Parry.  Jordan would wrap up the fourth quarter with a goal from Bradford Anderson.  Anderson got passed his man, Bountiful failed to slide, and the Beatdiggers scored the final goal.  The horn blew with a final score of 11-9 for Jordan.
Jordan Head Coach Noah Hollander was very proud of his team.  “They matched intensity and they did everything we asked them to do, which was to play 4 quarters of almost mistake-free lacrosse,” he said.  He knew going into the game that Bountiful was going to give them a challenge offensively, and he planned accordingly.  “I got to give my hats off to that team, that team is a well coached team.  Some of the looks they are getting from down on the crease, that’s college level lacrosse,” he said.  “For our defense to stand up to that. That speaks real well to our defense.”
Speaking about his team and their level of play in the game, Bountiful Head Coach Marty Wescott said, “We just did not have the energy today, we let the field conditions effect us.” He continued, “Jordan beat us in transition. Credit to them for playing a strong game.”
Jordan moves on to the Quarterfinals of the playoffs to play Alta on Saturday, May 11.
B’s players of the game 
Jordan: #21 Tyson Rodgers –  LSM/Defense, Sophomore
Tyson Rodgers was everywhere tonight.  I would dare say he was involved in every clear that Jordan had.  And just as Bountiful Coach Wescott said, Jordan beat Bountiful in transition.  This is why Tyson was key to their victory.  Not too often you come across a long pole with understanding and ball control like Tyson has.  He started playing lacrosse for Alta in 5th grade.  He moved to Jordan in 9th grade.  During the off season for high school, Tyson plays for the club Blackhawks.  After he graduates, he wants to become a firefighter, or go into the medical school.  He also pointed out that Hopkins has a great medical AND lacrosse program.
Bountiful: #32 Cam Redmond – Midfield, Junior
Cam Redmond is my kind of player.  He hustles.  Non-stop.  Not only that, but he can feed the ball to the attack on a college skill level.  Every one of his passes was dead-on to the teammates stick.  He is also amazing at sneaking past his defender.  Watch out for him next year.  Cam started playing lacrosse in 4th grade.  He switched from baseball because it was too slow, and he wanted a sport with more movement.  After high school, he plans on playing at either BYU or Utah.  Watch out for him next year.  He will be one of the leaders of the 2014 Bountiful team.

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