The WHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse team travelled to St. George to play in the LaxRox tournament put on by Southern Utah Lacrosse last Friday and Saturday. This is a very beneficial trip for the players and coaches to play multiple full field games, to run a variety schemes and plays to prepare for the regular season, as well as the parents tuning up their volunteer duties. The team travelled down on Friday through some very difficult weather and we had a pretty serious case of “car legs” when warming at the soccer complex in Washington. Our first game was against Woods Cross, and as you can see from the picture below the snow did not make things easy, even the refs were loosing balls in the snow. In the end we prevailed 4 to 2, and headed to the Richies home, Ryan & Jessica parents of Jackson, in St. George for dinner. At the dinner the team captains for 2018 were announced; Sean Gilboy (Sr Defense), Mason Hiatt (Sr Defense) and Justin Nye (Sr Midfield), and the team prepared for the upcoming games on Saturday.
The snow had melted and it was crisp and cold with occasional snow showers for the first game Saturday morning against a very deep Syracuse squad, and Wasatch held a very close first half, but ended up with the wheels coming off due to penalties and procedural mistakes in the second half, dropping the game 8-3. This pattern of strong first half with a disappointing second half was repeated against Idaho Falls and Desert Hills. Both games the score was tied at the half with compounding errors in the second resulting in losses. There are a few factors that were identified by the coaches for the second half disappointments, but one of the most apparent is that we have an exceptionally young team. This is exciting as a program to have these boys step up, but the lack of HS game experience does become a factor. The Freshman that did rise to the occasion are; Nate Passey (attack), Brody McGuiness (LSM), Rhett Griffith (midfield), Liam Baker (defense), Gabe King (attack, separated shoulder) and Landon Roylance who stepped in as goalie only two weeks ago from the midfield. Landon in particular had an exceptional run in St George, the Judge and Park City coaches mentioned how well he was doing when scouting our games. For the frosh stepping in against the football player heavy teams on Saturday it was tough, but a great “educational” experience on what the HS level of play is all about. Levi Bodily (Jr Midfield) was our most productive offensive player with 8 goals and Aiden Oram (Jr) came out from the season ending Hockey playoff game Thursday night to play at attack to fill the hole in that line from the midfield, he had 3 goals. After the Desert Hills game the team retired to the Ritchie’s again for dinner, chalk talk and to watch a few NCAA games on the big screen.
Our regular season starts on TUE MAR 6 with an away game against West Jordan then traveling to a very tough Roy on FRI MAR 9. We are currently evaluating and reconfiguring the make up of the varsity and JV team as a result of our player numbers challenge in anticipation of the regular season. Speaking for the coaches we all support the school requirements concerning grades and attendance and fully support the efforts to enforce those requirements.
The parents and coaches all know that there is additional work required with a program like this on a multitude of levels for many people at WHS whose time is constrained already, and sincerely appreciate your interest and support and wanted to thank you for your support!