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Waterford Comes From Behind, Holds Lehi Scoreless in Second Half

Waterford Attackmen Luke Pyper
Waterford Attackmen Luke Pyper

The Lehi Pioneers took on the Waterford Ravens Thursday afternoon in Sandy. It was a very intense and physical contest with the Ravens beating the Pioneers 8-4. Both teams played hard from start to finish, but Waterford was able to pull away in the second half for the win.
Each team began the game with plenty of energy and excitement. Although Waterford dominated position throughout the game, Lehi was able to get an early lead in the first quarter. Lehi’s offense looked very comfortable handling the ball, passing and shooting and they were able to score three goals in the first quarter and a fourth in the second. Senior Zane Munger led the team with three goals. Also playing excellently was senior Cody Sampson with a goal and an assist. Both Munger and Sampson demonstrated confident ball-handling skills and wear clear offensive leaders.

Waterford Attackmen Luke Pyper
Waterford Attackmen Luke Pyper
Although the Pioneers started out strong, the Ravens played a very consistent game. When in possession of the ball, they played an almost flawless passing game, taking time to allow Lehi’s defense to get comfortable just in time to make major plays allowing for good looks and shots on goal. Even though Waterford dominated ball possession and made smart plays, most of their goals were acquired off faceoffs, fast breaks and ground balls.
A major transition occurred for Waterford in the second quarter. After being down most of the game up until this point, they began to hit their mark and the score was tied at the half, 4-4. When asked what made the difference after being down after the first quarter, Waterford coach Dave Brattin stated, “Waterford lacrosse is about minimizing mistakes.” He also noted that Waterford continued to control the ball and take advantage of the opportunities given.
Midfielder Ben White was a great example of scoring in transition. White scored Waterford’s final goal straight from the face-off, just 8 seconds after attackmen Matthew West scored a beautiful goal coming around the back of the crease. White and attackmen Luke Pyper scored three goals each to lead the team in scoring.
Waterford is set to take on the Herriman Mustangs in Herriman on April 10. Lehi returns home to take on the Timpview Thunderbirds on April 6.
Photo courtesy of David Welsh

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  1. This was a fun game to watch. Lehi came out strong and had excellent offense and defense, but Waterford stayed consistent throughout and showed that they were the better team

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