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Team Maverik United Sneaks Past Team STX in 2013 LXM 801 Game

2013 LXM 801 - Xander Ritz
Xander Ritz dives while shooting backhanded. c/o Haslam Photography

The LXM Pro Tour visited Utah for the second year in a row and was again a huge success. The event came to a close with a hard-fought battle between Team Maverik United and Team STX. Both teams played hard and had their ups and downs, but in the end Maverik United came out on top with a 20-19 win.
Team STX opened the game with a goal straight off the first face-off. Team Maverik quickly took control of the game, and by the end of the first period, they were up 8-3. Team STX did not allow themselves to fall any further behind from this point. By the half, they had begun digging themselves out of the hole, now down just two points with the score at 10-8.
The second quarter was filled with action and some amazing goals from both teams. Attackman Peter Baum scored an unassisted goal for team STX and with his heels on the crease, he scored an over-the-shoulder shot with his back to the goal. Team Maverik answered that goal with a sweet score of their own. Attackman Johnny Christmas completed a behind-the-back pass to Attackman Erik Krum as he shot over the goalie for the point, falling into the crease in the process.

2013 LXM 801 - Xander Ritz
Xander Ritz dives while shooting backhanded.
A the game continued, play became more and more intense. Players were passionately fighting for goals. Between the final two quarters STX was able to catch up and there were several ties and lead changes. In the end, however, team Maverik United were able to hold them off from scoring in the final seconds and they won the contest 20 to 19.
This year, the game featured some local faces. Six current or alumnus BYU lacrosse players stepped foot on the field to play along with the pros. Grayson Dahl played LSM for Maverik United and Tyler Monteath, Jake Ferrin, Ted Ferrin, Elliott Grow and Jordan Harris all suited up for team STX.
Monteath, who graduated from BYU in 2011 and is now coaching at American Fork, talked about his performance in the game, “I started out a little slow, I think I was just getting used to the speed of the game and the intensity. The cadence on the whistles was a little bit faster than what I am used to from playing previously. After a few runs, getting into it I felt a little better to start running with these guys, I kind of felt out the speed and intensity of the game.”
Monteath continued, discussing what it was like to be invited to play in the event, “It’s kind of like a dream come true. I have always wanted to see if I could compete at the next level and I felt I played pretty decent. It was fun. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to come and compete with some of the best lacrosse players in the world. Their a great group of guys and I am happy they invited us to come play with them.”
Johnny Rodriquez with a save for Team Maverik United.
Johnny Rodriquez with a save for Team Maverik United.
“I think it is huge for the game out here,” said Monteath, referring to the impact of the LXM Pro tour here in Utah, “You can see all the fans come out and play. I think it was good for some of the younger kids to see some of the local guys from BYU compete with the LXM guys. I think it’s going to really help validate our worth to the game here in Utah. Hopefully the kids will want to come out and learn from us as well. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn and see how the game should be played at a higher level.”
Shamel Bratton commented on the win and playing for team Maverik, “When you are playing a team as important as STX, you’ve got guys that are so good, it’s going to go down to the wire. No matter what, they’re going to go on a run. You go up four or five goals, you gotta keep trying to put them in the back of the net. From the score, as a fan, you are probably thinking that we are playing comfortable, but we’re not. We gotta try and keep scoring. I came over from STX to Maverik because the team said they needed dodgers; they needed guys that could press the net. I try to play my role, and I think that’s what I did today.”
Bratton continued, commenting on the stop in Utah, “I love it here. This is my second time here and it is always one of my favorite events. The backdrop couldn’t get any better with the mountains in the background. I like the chilly weather. I am living in Florida, but it reminds me of home. I am from New York. I love it out in Utah; it’s awesome.”
Peter Baum of STX talked about the close game, “They outplayed us, but I think it was one of those things where we shot the ball pretty well and we worked hard on ground balls. We were there at the end, which was great, but we didn’t do enough to win. I felt good today, a lot of energy. Shooting the ball pretty well and getting guys involved.”
Baum continued, “Overall I felt good about the way I played and the crowd was great. This has been an awesome weekend and so they gave us a lot of energy. I came here early in the summer and did a camp clinic and it was awesome then and great this weekend. The kids are so energetic. It was a blast.”
The LXM Pro tour will make their next stop on October 5th and 6th in Sacramento.
Pictures courtesy of Haslam Photography.

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