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Six Utahns Turn Heads at LXM ATS in Florida

Jace Thomas, Carter Mannix - Adrenaline Tropics
Jace Thomas, Carter Mannix
Six Utahns headed to Florida last week to take part in the LXM|ATS event in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Carter Mannix (Juan Diego) and Jace Thomas (Bountiful) were part of the exclusive Adrenaline Tropics team while Beau Pederson (Park City), Andrew Pederson (Park City), Dillon Bauer (Park City), and Luke Tucker (American Fork) helped the U-15 & U-13 West Coast Starz teams make their mark.
The Adrenaline Tropics is a collection of the best West Coast Starz committed lacrosse players. The team is made up of players who have been dedicated and loyal to the West Coast Starz and their local Starz clubs, while also being exceptional talents on the field. Essentially, this team is a reward to the players and a showcase for the entire Starz organization.
“Coaching these players is an absolute pleasure,” said Tropics Coach Dan Meehan. “They’re all great lacrosse players, but more importantly they all proved to be fine young men. Comprised of the best players from 8 western states, the Adrenaline Tropics had 2 standout players from Utah in Carter Mannix and Jace Thomas. They both played and conducted themselves in a way that represented Utah lacrosse and the Utah Starz extremely well.”
Players on this team have committed to the following schools: Air Force (Thomas), Marquette (Mannix), Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Denver, Colgate, Fairfield, Bryant, Hofstra, Bellarmine, Drexel, Boston U., Richmond, Harvard, Furman, Tufts and Middlebury.
Tropics Helmet, Jersey, Gloves
“The only other Utah guys to ever play for the Tropics were Aaron Fjeldsted (Long Peak), Chris Severson (Bingham) and Matt Jungemann (Juan Diego),” said Rocky Mountain Starz Head Coach Dan Mannix. “Matt Jungemann was the only non-committed player to ever play on this team, simply because he was that good. Dan Meehan coached the team last year and told me that Matt was the best player on the field, which did not surprise me at all.”
Carter Mannix wore the number 40 in honor of Jungemann. The Tropics outscored the opposition 65-8 while going 5-0.
Meehan had this to say about Mannix and Thomas:
“Carter Mannix is big, strong, fast, physical, and highly talented. The Tropics defensive unit was as good as they come, and Carter was one of the key contributors to a phenomenal back line. Mannix is a tough and fierce competitor that gives everything he has for the team. Marquette is going to love the tenacity, talent, and positivity Carter brings to their program.”
“Jace Thomas does what he does at an absurdly high level. In lacrosse, possession of the ball is highly important. Face-off efficiency and ball possession has a huge impact on games. As a face-off specialist, Jace Thomas is one of the absolute best in the country. He’s tough, strong, technical, and talented. He is the prototypical face-off specialist. Air Force is getting a stud in Jace, and will enjoy the many benefits of having one of the best face-off specialists in the game.”
On a side note, Dan Mannix noted that he was selected to coach in the LXM Pro game for the fourth time.
“Kyle Harrison went into Michael Jordan mode and played the best energetic lacrosse I’ve ever seen,” said Mannix. “Very nice having the best seat in the house!”

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