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Timpanogos Conquers Pleasant Grove, Claims No. 1 Seed in South

Timpanogos Attackmen Jonathan Wagstaff Looking For Space Against Pleasant Grove Defender Trey Sparks
Timpanogos Attackmen Jonathan Wagstaff Looking For Space Against Pleasant Grove Defender Trey Sparks

The Timpanogos Timberwolves beat rival Pleasant Grove by the score of 15-10 on Friday at Timpanogos High School in Orem. With the win, Timpanogos clinched the No. 1 seed in the D-I South Conference.
“We know Pleasant Grove well,” said Timpanogos Head Coach Bill Peperone. “These boys grow up playing together so we knew we had to contain their top guys.”
Pleasant Grove jumped out to a two goal lead midway through the first quarter on goals by attackmen Michael Perry and Spencer Merrifield. Timpanogos answered with a four goal run that was answered by Pleasant Grove to bring the score to 4-3 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams played well, getting good offensive opportunities before the defenses were able to force turnovers.
The second quarter was dominated by Timpanogos. The Timberwolves went on a three goal run to take a four goal lead. The Timpanogos defense stifled the attack of the Vikings, forcing turnovers and poor shots.  Pleasant Grove managed to score two goals in a 12 second span to bring the score to 7-5 in favor of Timpanogos. The Timberwolves notched one more goal before the half to make the score 8-5.

Timpanogos Attackmen Jonathan Wagstaff Looking For Space Against Pleasant Grove Defender Trey Sparks
Timpanogos Attackmen Jonathan Wagstaff Looking For Space Against Pleasant Grove Defender Trey Sparks
Timpanogos continued to click on all cylinders, taking a five goal lead midway through the third quarter. Perry scored at the 6:16 mark in a goal that sparked the Pleasant Grove bench, but had little effect on the players on the field. Timpanogos scored three more goals in the quarter and gave up one to make the score 13-7 heading into the final quarter.
Pleasant Grove found their footing in the fourth, scoring three goals and allowing two but it was too late for the Vikings to make a comeback.
“We’ve struggled with keeping the intensity up for four quarters,” said Peperone. “Our challenge today was to fight for everything and keep it intense for four quarters and we did that. Part of that was because this was such a huge rivalry. It’s easy to stay intense in games like this.”
Three Timberwolves had 5 points on the night. Attackmen Jonathan Wagstaff had 4 goals and 1 assist while Jacob Hougaard had 3 goals and 2 assists. Tanner Marsh had 2 goals and 3 assist followed by Winston Farley who had 4 goals. Pleasant Grove was led by Merrifield who had 3 goals and 2 assists. Timpanogos won 17 out of 28 face-offs.
“Jordan Khani did a lot for us tonight,” said Peperone. “He cleared the ball for us well. Our whole attack played well which helped keep the whole team on track.”
The D-I South seeds are set with Timpanogos as the No. 1 seed and Pleasant Grove taking the No. 2 seed. Lone Peak is the No. 3 seed and Riverton beat American Fork 7-6 in two overtimes to claim the No. 4 seed.
“This is a huge step for Timpanogos Lacrose,” said Peperone. “We are looking forward to having a home game as our first game. Finishing first was a goal we had since the beginning of the season so I’m proud of the boys for accomplishing that goal.”
The South Conference will face the North Conference in the playoffs starting on May 9.

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  1. Awesome win for the T-Wolves – they played hard and kept the PG attackmen off their game the entire evening.  If they can keep their intensity going the remainder of the season, they certainly have a chance of making the finals.

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