Is Nebo Sanctioning? Utah Lacrosse in 1946, Kevin Mann Q&A, Bulldog Brawl

Issue 12

This issue features a Q&A with Sky View Head Coach Kevin Mann, an update about the Bulldog Brawl, is the Nebo District sanctioning?, and the continuation of the story of the first lacrosse game in Utah in 1946.

Mann Has Sky View Primed For Season

The Sky View Bobcats are ready to roll with Kevin Mann at the helm. Mann hails from Centerville where he played at Viewmont before playing at Utah State for 4 years. Mann is in his third year at Sky View and is a software developer when he’s not coaching. Mann was introduced to lacrosse in the sixth grade when kids in his neighborhood invited him to play. Mann is joined by several assistants: Sam Hawes (BYU), Will Hansen, Bryce Stuart, Brandon Sorensen, Reagan Wadsworth, Kayden Linton, and Ty Hawks.

TH: What is your favorite thing about lacrosse? 
KM: Scoring goals on the run!

TH: If you could change one thing about lacrosse, what would it be? 
KM: Somehow make the ball more visible to spectators. Other sports that are played on a large field have a much bigger ball (soccer and football for example) I think one of the things holding lacrosse back is it can be hard for spectators to follow. I don’t think there is realistically much we can do about this besides maybe going with an orange ball but it would be nice if the ball was easier to see for spectators. 

TH: With this being the first year of sanctioning, how has Sky View handled the transition?
KM: Ryan Grunig the AD at sky View has treated lacrosse just like any other sanctioned sport. He has been extremely helpful and good to work with. I think this season will be the best year ever for Sky View as far as school support goes.  All home games will be played in the Sky View stadium and that should lead to better attendance at games as well. The players will have access to the locker rooms and all the resources the school has to offer for other sports and I think Sky View lacrosse players will have a better experience this season being student athletes.

TH: Who are some returning players that will make an impact this year?
KM: Jacob Zollinger, Senior LSM. He scored over 20 points last season and is a lockdown defender who is also a threat on offense. Garrett Zollinger, Sophomore Middie. Made a big difference on our varsity team as a freshman and will only get better this season. Kaleb Bodily, Senior Middie. Tough player who works harder than anyone on the field. Can score with both hands and doesn’t get beat on defense.

The Bobcats are in Region 5 which has opted to do home and away games for region play. Here’s how Region 5 stacked up last year:

Team (rank)

  1. Green Canyon (12)

  2. Sky View (21)

  3. Box Elder (23)

  4. Bear River (31)

  5. Logan (32)

  6. Mountain Crest (40)

  7. Ridgeline (42)

  8. UMA (JV Only)

Is Nebo District Sanctioning?

A source emailed me a few weeks ago and said, “We found out some great news this week. It has only been shared with the principals officially but some lacrosse friendly principals received permission to share with some of the parents that lacrosse will be sanctioned in Nebo School District for Spring 2021. We have been told that they have budgeted for each of the district high schools.”

Then came this Facebook post:

This is obviously huge news, especially considering the deflated spirits of those in the Nebo district just weeks before. Assuming the district has indeed budgeted for each school, it would add Maple Mountain, Payson, Salem Hills, Spanish Fork, and Springville into the league. I reached out to representatives at Nebo School District without response.

The First Lacrosse Game in Utah

I teased this a little bit last fall, but here’s where we are at so far in this story:

I found an article from the June 29, 1946 edition of the Salt Lake Telegram that says players from Notre Dame college in Canada will come to Utah to play an exhibition game as a fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus youth committee. The game was to be played on July 10, 1946 at East High School. Days before the game, the venue was changed. According to another article, the game had to be moved and ended up at White Park, a softball complex across from the Fairgrounds in Salt Lake City. Tickets were sold at the Mint cafe on the corner of Regent Street and 200 South on the first floor of the Beason Building. The game was promoted as ‘the first of its kind ever staged in the intermountain area’, but in fact, Notre Dame had played several games in the west before coming to Utah. 

On July 2, 1946 the Canadians left Saskatchewan and headed to Lethbridge, Canada where the Hounds beat the All Stars, 13-12. After the game the teams pressed on to Great Falls, Montana where they played indoors on a marble floor. The Hounds won again, 19-12. A rest day in Great Falls preceded a trip to Yellowstone National Park where the trip journal states “we arrived there rather travel weary but still spry enough to appreciate the great scenic wonders that unravelled before our eyes as we rode through nature’s play grounds.” The group moved on to Idaho Falls where the All Stars beat the Hounds, 14-11. On July 9, 1946, the bus made its way to the ‘land of the Mormons’. The journal states “After riding most of the day we sighted the great Salt Lake, and at the foot of a great mountain the famous city of the temples. We received wonderful hospitality in Salt Lake City and spent four days there and played at White Park.” The All Stars beat the Hounds, 13-5. The game was moved from East High School due to poor field conditions to White Park which was a softball complex just south of the Fairgrounds.

The Deseret News published a recap of the game on July 11 saying that nearly 1,000 spectators were at the game while also saying the game ‘borders on legalized murder’. The article also claims that the game was so successful, that a second game was arranged. It’s not clear from the Notre Dame journal if this was actually the case or if the second game was planned from the beginning. The Desert News article also had a proper box score with the Hounds taking a 4-2 lead into halftime before the All Stars went on an 11-1 run in the second half. 

The second game did happen and was played at Murray Park with the Hounds winning, 11-10. The recap goes as follows: “The game was wide open with neither team ‘sparing the rod.’ The highlight of the evening was the two goals scored by Tub Lennie who while playing goal for the All Stars shot the ball into the Notre Dame net at the other end.” The team left after the game and headed for Billings, Montana for a game then finished the trip with a game in Plentywood, Montana before heading home. 

The local media did its best to get Utahns prepared for the matches. John Mooney, whose byline pegged him as Telegram Sports Editor, published a twelve paragraph article on July 9, 1946 about the history of lacrosse, rules of the game, and information about Notre Dame college. The Murray Eagle ran a front page article title ‘LaCrosse Game at Murray Park’ on July 11, the day before the second game. The article stated ‘This exhibition… may be the last chance in a long time for local fans to witness the amazing skill and power that this game demands.” It also had admission at $1 for adults and 35 cents for children.  

In the coming weeks I’ll publish stories about Utahns who played at Army and Oxford in the mid 1930s and early 1940s. Stay tuned!

Burrup Announces Bulldog Brawl

Provo Head Coach Christian Burrup has announced the inaugural Bulldog Brawl that will take place on March 7. The purpose of the Bulldog Brawl is to help increase experience for newer programs.

Schedule(All games at Provo High School)
9am - Provo v. Mt. Ridge & Orem v. UMA
10:30am - Box Elder v. Mt. Ridge
Noon - Orem v. Mt. Ridge & Provo v. UMA
1:30pm - Mt. Ridge v. Bear River
3:00pm - Orem v. Bear River & Provo v. Box Elder
4:30pm - UMA v. Mt. Ridge & Orem v. Box Elder
6:00pm - Provo v. Bear River

Inside Lacrosse Recap of ‘The Challenge’

Ty Xanders praises MJ Cirillo (Brighton/Salt Lake Summit) and gives Trae Ika (Loomis Chaffee/Salt Lake Summit) honorable mention.

And last but not least, one of my favorite tweets to come out of #LaxCon


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IMLAX College Coaches Seminars Return, 2020 BYU Schedule, Adrenaline Challenge Recap, Q&A With Meghan Casper

Issue 11

Happy New Year lax fans! This issue features a look at the IMLAX College Coaches Seminars, 2020 BYU Schedule, a Q&A with Timpanogos Girls Head Coach Meghan Casper, and an Adrenaline Challenge recap.

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IMLAX College Coaches Seminar Series

Intermountain Lacrosse announced that they are going to hold seven seminars at their offices beginning on January 7, 2020. The seminars will be on Tuesday nights from 7:00 - 8:30pm and will feature a wide array of teams and topics. I asked Marty Wescott a few questions about the series.

TH: What is the goal/purpose of these seminars?
MW: We feel that in order to increase the level of play in youth and high school lacrosse, we need to help the coaches become more proficient. We have some great resources at the college level and we wanted to utilize that resource to help coaches. We felt this was a better mechanism right now than say a one-day conference.

TH: What can a person expect to learn/takeaway from attending? 
MW: Basically you can expect to learn what is most important.  In a room with coaches at various levels we want the coaches to focus on what is most important for players to learn.  What are the most relevant skills?  Where should a coach spend in practice?  What is the most fundamental things to help move the game forward?

TH: Anything else?
MW: This is also just a fun lacrosse community gathering.  Anyone who comes obviously loves the game and is looking get better.  That's a great time to share and network.  This is somewhat unique to lacrosse that idea of sharing.  There aren't many secrets out there.  

Date - Topic - Presenting
1/7 - Boys: Practice/Pace and Planning - University of Utah Coaches (NCAA D-I/PLL)
1/14 - Boys: Defense - Jason Lamb (Southern Virginia NCAA D-III/PLL)
1/21 - Boys: Transition - Joe Kerwin (Westminster College NCAA D-II)
1/28 - Girls: Practice/Pace and Planning - Nikki Dabrowski (BYU WCLA)
2/4 - Boys: Offense - Marty Wescott (UVU MCLA)
2/11 - Girls: Defense - Westminster College Coaches (NCAA D-II)
2/18 - Girls: Rules - Megan Poulsen (Women’s Officials Assignor)

BYU Releases 2020 Schedule

PROVO, UT— The Brigham Young University Men’s Lacrosse team released an aggressive schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. The Cougars will play a 15-game regular season schedule that includes games against eight teams that finished the 2019 season ranked in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) Top 25. BYU will make four out-of-state road trips this season totaling over 9,000 miles.

BYU will start the season on the road in the South Eastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC), playing Auburn University at Auburn in the first game of the season on January 31st. The Cougars will continue their road trip, playing top ranked Georgia Tech in Atlanta on February 1st and will wrap up their East Coast swing playing at Clemson who wrapped up the 2019 campaign ranked in the Top 20.

The Cougars play five games at home this season with the home opener coming on February 15th against Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) competitor University of Nevada. After their first home game, the Cougars will make their second of four out-of-state trips this season, traveling to Boise, Idaho to take on Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) contenders Boise State University on March 5, Simon Fraser University on March 6, and University of Washington on March 7.

The Cougars will head south to take on Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) perennial powerhouse Grand Canyon University on March 18 and 2019 MCLA tournament qualifier Arizona State on March 20. BYU will return home to take another PNCLL contender, University of Oregon on March 28.

The Cougars open up Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference (RMLC) play in April with a game against cross-town rivals Utah Valley University at home on April 3. Following that matchup, BYU will make their final road trip of the regular season to Colorado to take on the 2019 RMLC Champions, University of Colorado Buffaloes on April 9. They will end the road trip against Colorado State University on April 11.

The Cougars wrap up their last week of regular season and conference play with games against the newest members of the RMLC, University of Oklahoma on April 16, and University of Texas on April 18.

The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference playoffs are scheduled for April 24 and April 25 in Utah and the MCLA National Tournament will be held in Salt Lake City, UT at the new Salt Lake City Regional Athletic Conference May 4 – May 9.

BYU kicks off scrimmage play on January 25 against NCAA Division II opponent Westminster College.

Head Coach Matt Schneck is looking forward to the 2020 season and the Cougar’s aggressive schedule. “The team is very excited for the 2020 season and so is the coaching staff”, said Schneck. “We will be challenging ourselves early and often in an effort to learn, grow and prepare ourselves for a successful season.”

2020 Schedule
Westminster (Scrimmage) - Sat Jan 25
@ Auburn - Fri Jan 31
@ Clemson - Mon Feb 03
Nevada - Sat Feb 15
@ Boise State - Thu Mar 05
v. Simon Fraser @ Boise State - Fri Mar 06
v. Washington @ Boise State - Sat Mar 07
@ Grand Canyon - Wed Mar 18
@ Arizona State - Fri Mar 20
Oregon - Sat Mar 28
Utah Valley - Fri Apr 03
@ Colorado - Thu Apr 09
@ Colorado State - Sat Apr 11
Oklahoma - Thu Apr 16
Texas - Sat Apr 18

Q&A With Meghan Casper, Head Coach, Timpanogos Girls

Meghan Casper has been hired to lead the Timpanogos Timberwolves girls team. Casper hails from Orem and has been playing lacrosse for 7 years.

“My sisters both started playing before me and when they started they tried to get me to play but I refused and then just one day I went to practiced and picked it up really fast and have loved it ever since,” said Casper.

TH: What is your favorite thing about lacrosse?
MC: I love the speed of the game and how it is such a new sport to Utah.

TH: How has Timpanogos handled the transition from club to sanctioned?
MC: Timpanogos is going into the sanctioning at full force! We are very excited and can’t wait to see what this season brings.

TH: Who are your assistant coaches and what is their background?
MC: Andrea Wood is one of our assistants, she has played for 5+ years now and just recently played for BYU.

TH: Who are some returning players that will make an impact this year?
MC: McCall Dunn, Abbey Peperone, Sophia Nielson, Mariela Perez are all going to make a huge impact on us this season.

2020 Adrenaline Challenge Recap

2020

Salt Lake Summit was the only Utah team in the 2020 division and went 4-2 on the weekend.

“We had a good mix of 2020s, 2021s, and 2022s hailing from 8 different schools,” said Jeff Brzoska. “We also played an exhibition game vs The Japanese National Team U20 and won 6-3. The game was a lot of fun against a squad comprised of mostly 19 and 20 year olds. We were really impressed to see how well the Japanese team has embraced the sport and how well they played on the field.”

The lone losses for the team came to the eventual champion (RC Elite) and runner-up (Mad Dog West Elite).

Four players made the All Star games: MJ Cirillo (Brighton), Trae Ika (Loomis Chaffee), Jon King (Corner Canyon), and Mason Quick (Corner Canyon) who also played with True UT.

2021

The Rocky Mountain Rippers went 2-1 in pool play then made it to the championship game before falling to ADVNC SF, 7-4.

2022

True UT was the lone local team in this division that had 20 teams. The squad went 1-2 in pool play, won their opening playoff game then tied and lost the tiebreaker in the next round.

2023

True UT again went 1-2 in this division.

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Q&A With Provo Boys & Girls Head Coaches & much more!

Issue 10

This edition will be the last one for 2019. I’ll restart the weekly emails beginning on January 6, 2020. This issue features interviews with Provo head coaches Christian Burrup (Boys) and Megan Jensen (Girls) and a great article from the Sandy Journal about Jaimeson Meyer (Waterford) and her journey to Navy! Also, Utah State has been picked No. 1 in the RMLC D-II poll.

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Q&A With Megan Jensen, Head Coach, Provo Girls

Megan Jensen has been hired to take the reigns of the Provo Bulldogs girls team. Jensen hails from Needham, Massachusetts a suburb of Boston.  She came to Utah to attend BYU and currently lives in Provo. Also, Jensen tells her story quite well so I’m just going to let her do that without much editing.

TH: What is your lacrosse background?
MJ: I started playing lacrosse my freshman year of high school.  I was fortunately to live in a town with a nationally ranked high school lacrosse team.  At the time I was in high school, Needham was at the beginning of a pretty amazing winning streak. Under the coaching of Paula Kelley (the best coach and most influential person in my life) we were undefeated for four years in a row, state champions 5 out of 6 years in a row, and stacked with league all-stars, all-scholastic players, and all-Americans.  Many players from our team played division 1 lacrosse in college.  It really was a remarkable time for Needham girls lacrosse.  I still think back on the opportunity I had to be a part of that team and recognize how unique and special it was.  

I quickly fell in love with lacrosse and quickly learned the game.  I made the varsity team as a sophomore, was a starter and one of the leading scorers.  By the time I was a senior I was captain, top scorer, most points in the league, all-star, all-scholastic, player of the year, and All-American.  I was also chosen for the Lower New England team where I was able to compete in the national tournament.

I was recruited by top Division I schools including Boston University and Northwestern.  I ultimately chose to come to BYU. BYU was always my first choice of college.  In fact, I never really considered going anywhere else until I started getting recruited by lacrosse coaches.  The college application process was crazy and fun and exciting.  Playing sports in college was my dream and lacrosse was opening that door for me!  Unfortunately, BYU did not have a women’s lacrosse team - or at least one that did any recruiting or offered any scholarships.  It was a very hard decision to make.

I had a conversation with Jason Lamb (at the time he was the BYU Men’s lacrosse coach) and he pretty much convinced me to come to BYU. He encouraged me to come to BYU and help build the program there. It wasn’t the ideal college lacrosse opportunity, but it did allow me to still play lacrosse and go to my first pick school.  So I decided to go to BYU.

When I got to BYU I learned that the BYU women’s team was not as established as I had thought.  Yes, there was a club team, but it was not an official BYU club.  It was a group of BYU students who played together but not officially recognized by BYU. There was no access to fields or facilities, no uniforms, no transportation provided, no publicity.  Everything was done by the players.  At the time there were 4 college teams in Utah - BYU, Utah, Utah State, and Weber.  We would get together on Saturdays and play each other. But we were still committed to the team and committed to the sport, so many of us began coaching local high school teams while still playing for BYU.  We did all we could to help the sport grow.  

That is how I began coaching.  I became head coach at Orem in 2003 when I was only 19.  I quickly learned how much I LOVED coaching.  High school lacrosse has a unique energy - so much heart and hustle.  I loved being a part of it again. We had a very successful season my first year coaching.  We won the state championship against Bingham that year by one point.  It was a very exciting game and a very exciting win for us!  It felt like home to me - back with a high school team winning the state championship.

2003 Orem Championship Team (Jensen pictured far right)

I was hooked.

I continued to coach Orem for 3 more years.  We made it to the state tournament every year and continued to have a strong program.  I was also part of the ULA Coaches Association.  I loved being involved however I could.

During that time I also helped create the BYU Girls Lacrosse Camp with Jason Lamb and was the first director there for a couple years.  I also coached a junior league team and ran camps & clinics to help promote the sport.  I also played on the Tribal West team and participated in various tournaments in Las Vegas and Tahoe.

In 2007 I decided to step away from coaching.  I was due to have my second child in March of that year, right when lacrosse season was starting, so I stepped away.  My break ended up being quite a lot longer than I expected.  With young kids it became increasingly more difficult to coach and difficult to drive up to Salt Lake City to play in adult leagues.  I decided that I needed to close the door on lacrosse and focus on my family.  

Well, that break turned into 12 years out of the lacrosse world.  I always kept an ear out for what was going on and always had it in the back of my mind.  Every year or so I would feel like I should get involved again and do more to grow the sport in Utah County, but it never felt like the right time.

Fast forward to this year.

I have five children.  My oldest daughter is a freshman at Provo High and my baby is in first grade.  I finally have all my kids in school and more flexibility with my time.  And out of pure coincidence (or fate) this happens to be the year that Provo is starting a team.

Needless to say I was thrilled to hear that lacrosse was becoming school sanctioned. This is what we were working towards all those years ago at BYU!  I feel so personally invested in lacrosse in Utah Valley because it’s so connected with my story - I am just so ecstatic about this achievement for Utah lacrosse.  When I coached at Orem there were only two teams in Utah Valley - Orem and Timpview.  Now there are around 10! And all school sanctioned!  That’s huge!

It’s been an incredible experience jumping back into the Utah lacrosse scene.  There are only a few people still around that I remember from coaching before.  It’s amazing seeing past high school players that I coached or coached against be successful high school and/or college coaches.  It was amazing participating in the BYU alumni game and seeing how far that team has come! They even have players recognized as All-Americans!  So amazing!

TH: What do you do professionally?
MJ: I am a professional mom.  I have five kids and I primarily stay at home.  I have done that for the past 14 years.  My kids, my family, and my home is my full time job. My husband and I make a great team and it’s been a priority for us to support each other in pursuing our interests and dreams, professionally and personally. This year I also have returned to another passion of mine - violin. I actually was a violin major at BYU and graduated with a BA in Music.  When I applied for the coaching position at Provo I also applied for an assistant orchestra teaching position. I also am the piano accompanist at Dixon Middle School and Westridge Elementary.  In addition, I play with the Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra. So even though I am not considered a professional musician/teacher, I am very much involved in the local music community as well.

Jensen coaching at a recent clinic.

TH: What is your favorite thing about lacrosse?
MJ: I love lacrosse because it feels like home to me.  I feel the most like myself when I’m playing, coaching, watching, thinking about, or talking about lacrosse.

TH: With this being the first year of sanctioning and a team in general, how has Provo handled the transition?
MJ: Provo has been amazing!  So receptive and supportive. There is a lot of support from administrators, the AD, teachers, and parents to get the team going.  There has been nothing but positivity around the addition of lacrosse to Provo High.

TH: Who are the assistant coaches and what is their background?
MJ: We have two, Shaylee Gallman and Christine Duffy. Gallman played high school lacrosse in Arizona for three years and then one year at Timpview.  She is looking to play on the UVU team this upcoming spring season.  She is a defensively minded player and I think we will compliment each other well.  Duffy is a former BYU goalie and is studying athletic training at BYU. We are so excited to have her goalie expertise and love for lacrosse in our program!

TH: Who are some players that will make an impact this year?
MJ: Before this year players from Provo have always played for Timpview.  With school sanctioning they no longer can - which is what pushed Provo to start their own team. We have six Provo players that are former Timpview players.  They are very skilled players and I know we will rely on them heavily for their experience, leadership, and help teaching our new players.  They are:

Megan Pope - Senior, defense/midfield 
Ellie Pope - Senior, center
Lilli Holmberg - Senior, attack/midfield 
Summer Johnson - Senior, defense
Jenny Calivillo - Junior, defense/goalie
Fielding Adams - Junior, attack

Megan Pope, Ellie Pope, Summer Johnson, Lilli Holmberg. “Even though they are in their Timpview uniforms from last year, these are our (Provo) seniors that will lead the team this year,” Jensen said.

The Bulldogs will play in Region 8.

2019 Region 8 Girls Standings - Team (Rank)

  1. Timpview (11)

  2. Timpanogos (25)

  3. Wasatch (28)

  4. Mountain View (DNP)

  5. Orem (DNP)

  6. Provo (DNP)

Q&A With Christian Burrup, Head Coach, Provo Boys

Provo High School is one of the many benefactors of sanctioning and have hired Christian Burrup to be its first head coach. Burrup, who grew up in Richland, Washington currently lives in Heber City and attends BYU.

“I am currently a BYU student and a business owner,” said Burrup. “I will graduate in April of 2020 and I am studying construction management. I have been building homes for 4 years and started my own business in August of this year doing remodels, basement finishes, additions or new construction of any kind. I had the opportunity of building custom homes for a little over a year and have been able to participate in some really cool projects.” 

TH: What is your lacrosse background?
CB: I started my sophomore year in high school and quickly caught onto the sport. I played LSM in high school and went on to receive team, region and state awards. I later tried out for the BYU Lacrosse team after my mission and played the 2016 and 2017 seasons. 

TH: How did you get involved in lacrosse in Utah?
CB: My first experience of lacrosse in Utah was attending the BYU Lacrosse Elite camp between my Junior and Senior years in high school. I was later invited to play in the recruiting fall tournament during the fall of my Senior year. After my two season at BYU I had several teammates who coached at Timpview and they asked if I would come coach the defense for their 2019 season. 

TH: What is your favorite thing about lacrosse? 
CB: I love the grit and discipline of lacrosse. Having hard goals and working our tails out there as a team. Making lasting and meaningful relationships with others. 

TH: If you could change one thing about lacrosse, what would it be?
CB: I love the sport and look forward to its expansion. I think the game is well suited for us at the moment but no doubt there will be changes in the future. 

TH: With this being the first year of sanctioning, how has Provo handled the transition?
CB: Provo is an awesome school and has some outstanding athletes. They do not have a pool of players to pull from but the students and faculty are jumping on board and eager and excited to learn more and experience the sport we love. They have handled the transition really well and all hands are on deck. 

TH: Who are the assistant coaches and what is their background?
CB: As of now we have two assistant coaches. Will Ross and Justin Chadwick. Will Ross is from North Carolina and was an outstanding defenseman who lead his team to a state title in his years in high school. He played at BYU with me several years ago. He is an outstanding coach who will thrive teaching and helping this team grow in the fundamentals and encourage the team to move forward with energy and excitement. I have yet to see a coach who can connect with the students better than Will Ross. He lives by this motto: It's 10% X's and O's and 90% Jimmy's and Joe's. He really focuses on individual players and helps them succeed on and off the field. Justin Chadwick currently plays for the UVU Wolverines and plays defense. He graduated from Timpview in 2019 and has a tremendous work ethic and drive to be the best he can be. I had the opportunity to coach him at Timpview and it was an incredible experience to coach him with his open mind willingness to learn. I have no doubt he will help the Provo team in excelling. We are seeking for more individuals to help us coach! Please contact me christianb@provo.edu we would love to have you. 

TH: Who are some returning players that will make an impact this year?
CB: We have no returning players. We are starting this team from scratch. We have a handful of kids who played in middle school or elementary but have not played in years and are now returning to the sport. 

2019 Region 8 Boys Standings - Team (Rank)

  1. Timpanogos (16)

  2. Timpview (25)

  3. Wasatch (36)

  4. Mountain View (DNP)

  5. Orem (DNP)

  6. Provo (DNP)

Sandy Journal Article About Jaimeson Meyer Overcoming a Birth Defect, Heading to Navy

A set of twins has done their part in representing Waterford in sports, academics and music. Now the pair is ready to represent the nation.

Jaimeson Meyer, the female half of the twins, has already started the ball rolling, accepting an offer to play for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Jaimeson will become the first Utahn to play for the Naval Academy.

Read the full article here.

Utah Teams Represented in RMLC Preseason Polls

In Division I, BYU takes the No. 2 spot while UVU claimed the No. 3 spot.

In Division II, Utah State takes the top spot in the RMLC. You can read my interview with Coach Bingham here.


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Happy Veteran's Day! Updates with Lone Peak, MCLA/WCLA Championship Chatter, and a letter from the Davis School District

Issue 9

This edition features some Veteran’s Day tweets, an interview with Lone Peak Head Coach Bruce Tucker, an update for the MCLA & WCLA Championships and a note from the Davis School District.

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Happy Veteran’s Day

Lone Peak Q&A With Bruce Tucker

I had a chance to catch up with Bruce Tucker, head coach at Lone Peak. Tucker is from Idaho Falls, Idaho and is a Real Estate Broker.

TH: What is your lacrosse background?
BT: Never played but have been coaching and involved Since 2008. From Coach, Board President. 

TH: How did you get involved in lacrosse in Utah?
BT: My oldest son wanted to play so we searched for a team and found one in Orem 2007.  Next year started a team in Lone Peak of 5th-6th graders and from there we started a club team and began to travel.

Luke Tucker

TH: What is your favorite thing about lacrosse?
BT: I love team sports. Kids who play team sports learn valuable life lessons like setting goals, working hard, how to get up after a you lose, how to play with others. Love the speed and skills it takes. Also you don't have to be the biggest kid to be the best.

Isaac Rutter

TH: With this being the first year of sanctioning, how has Lone Peak handled the transition?
BT: Not much has changed for us. Lone Peak has always been good to the lacrosse program. Our AD and Principal have been on board from day one.  We are figuring out the changes in governance with the school but we are excited.

Bruce Tucker

TH: Who are the assistant coaches and what is their background?
BT: Tyler Monteath, a standout All-American at BYU, former head coach for Lone Peak, American Fork, and assistant at UVU and Olympus. Jake Stout, former assistant at outstanding player at Utah and UV.  Steve Cuillard, who is a former assistant at American Fork and founder of the club team Crusty Crabs. Coulson Tucker, former All-State from American Fork in 2014 and Chase Cuillard, All-State from American Fork in 2014.

TH: Who are some returning players that will make an impact this year?
BT: Senior Goalie Andrew Morton, who was an honorable mention last year who played with Wasatch LC this summer. He is a great leader and stud. Junior Luke Tucker who was a 2nd Team All-State selection last year at defense. We will count on him taking on the best attackman on opposing teams. Senior Issac Rutter, who is a lefty sniper and will be key to our offense. Senior Koji Kano, a speedy midfielder whose ability to beat kids on the run will be something to watch. Also, Max Thomas, our face-off midfielder and his ability to win face offs and stay on the field will be key to our success.

Andrew Morton

The Knights finished with a 14-7 record and the No. 5 seed in the top flight bracket. They beat Green Canyon and Olympus in the first rounds of the playoffs before losing to Park City, 15-3 in the semifinals.

Lone Peak will compete in Region 4 and will have a home/away schedule with region opponents.

2019 Region 4 Standings - Team (Rank)

  1. Corner Canyon (3)

  2. Lone Peak (5)

  3. American Fork (6)

  4. Westlake (11)

  5. Pleasant Grove (22)

  6. Skyridge (29)

MCLA & WCLA Championship Update

The MCLA opted for a third year in Salt Lake City for its annual championship. Each year they do a design contest and this years logo was designed by Bountiful/BYU alum, Chandler Wescott.

For the WCLA teams in the state, it was announced that the National Championships will be held in Round Rock, Texas. In 2019, BYU was seeded No. 2 in the Division I bracket but fell in the semifinals. In Division II, Utah State and Utah Valley made the tournament with the Aggies taking home third place.

Davis School District Letter

I’ve been told that certain members of the Davis School District received an email from Dan Linford (High School Director for Davis School District) about an informational meeting regarding ‘lacrosse implementation for spring of 2021 and also discuss District support of the spring 2020 club season.’

Obviously this is a big step for the sport in Davis County.


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High School Boys Reset, Captains Announced at BYU, Utah, and Rutgers

Issue 8

This edition features a breakdown of where we stand as a state in terms of high school lacrosse and a few captain releases.

As always, please forward to a friend!

Boys High School Reset

I was talking to a friend about lacrosse the other day and he said, “I wish I could see who is coaching where and who is in the sanctioned league and who isn’t.” In other words, he wanted a breakdown of where everything currently stands. My friend played in the state in high school and college and coached for a long time but has been out of the scene so I felt this would be a great topic to cover. Hopefully this is helpful to you and could be a great email to forward to a similar friend.

Sanctioned/Non-Sanctioned: As it stands today, there are 39 sanctioned teams and 12 to 13 non-sanctioned teams. I say 12 to 13 because last I heard it’s unsure what Spanish Fork will do moving forward. There were 45 teams last season so already sanctioning has grown the boys side of the sport. The sanctioned teams are broken into the following regions:

Region 2 (Team - Coach)
Bingham - JD Barnes
Copper Hills - Shawn Lovell
Herriman - Wyatt Katsos
Jordan - Ian Spendlove
Riverton - Alex Dooley
West - Sean Zuckerman
West Jordan - Colton Williams

Region 4
American Fork - Tyson Poole
Corner Canyon - Aaron Ika
Lone Peak - Bruce Tucker
Pleasant Grove - Nick Mastergeorge
Skyridge - Greg Saunders
Westlake - Dannyl Horne

Region 5
Bear River - Coj Miller
Box Elder - Damon Andreasen
Green Canyon - Troy Oldham
Logan - Beau Olson
Mountain Crest - Cade Cooper
Ridgeline - Joel Skidmore
Sky View - Kevin Mann
Utah Military Academy (UMA) - Reed Keller

Region 6
East - Adam Eddinger
Highland - Neil Blaney
Judge - Braeden Daly
Olympus - Matt Duke-Rosati
Park City - Mike Persky
Skyline - Joseph Sanchez

Region 7
Alta - Brandon Horoba
Brighton - Chris O’Donnell
Juan Diego - Michael Burbank
Lehi - Dave Moreau
Mountain Ridge - Trent Bangert
Waterford - Jack Matthews

Region 8
Mountain View
Orem
Provo - Christian Burrup
Timpanogos - Kelly Edwards
Timpview - Taylor Redd
Wasatch - Chris Baer

Non-Sanctioned
Bonneville - Layne Van Orman
Bountiful - Peter Jordan
Davis - Dillon Yocom
Farmington - Christian Taylor
Fremont - Brian Goldsberry
Northridge - Dylan Gerber
Maple Mountain
Roy - Ryan Olson
Spanish Fork
Syracuse - Kari Gallego
Viewmont - Lance Weeks
Weber - Jeff Pendergast
Woods Cross - Joshua Hanks

Big thanks to Jeff Brzoska for putting together a master list. A couple of notes:

  1. Neil Blaney at Highland is the longest tenured head coach at their current school. He’s entering his 8th season at the helm of the Rams. Obviously other coaches on this list have been coaching longer, but Blaney has been with the same school at the same position the entire time. There are also others who have been with their programs for longer, just in different positions. In fact, I found a list from September of 2012 with the names of each head coach. Only Blaney, Troy Oldham, and Brandon Horoba are on the list. Oldham was with Sky View and Horoba with Brighton. 22 of the coaches for 2020 are new to their school/position.

  2. Former players now coaching: A bunch of names on this list also played high school lacrosse in Utah. I don’t want to put a number to it in case I miss anyone but if you’ve followed the league for awhile, you’ll recognize who they are. I counted at least 11.

  3. Schedules: Each team can play 16 regular season games. Regions 2, 4, and 5 have opted to play other region teams twice, home and away. Regions 6 and 7 have opted to play other regions teams once. I haven’t heard what Region 8 is doing. Teams will be seeded for the playoffs using the RPI system with the top 16 making the Division A bracket and the rest will fill in the Division B bracket. The non-sanctioned league will play each team once to compose the standings with the top 8 teams making the playoffs.

  4. New teams: The only new team that hasn’t had lacrosse under its banner in one form or another would be Provo High School. I know players from Provo have played on other schools teams, but never under the Bulldogs name. UMA had a JV Only team last year and Lehi comes back after a short hiatus. Mountain View makes its return as well (2011). Still waiting on Murray or Cottonwood to commit. Obviously I think fans want to see Hunter, Taylorsville, Kearns, etc start programs but we’re likely 4-5 years away from that.

  5. The future: Both Weber and Davis school districts have said they will sanction in 2021. This leaves players in the Nebo district without a home. It’s also unsure what is going on in Saint George and when/if they will have teams join the fray.

  6. I’ve interviewed several coaches in the last few weeks. Be sure to check them out!

Still working on getting all the girls side figured out as well. Please shoot me a note if you have details!

Captain Season!

A handful of teams have announced captains for the 2020 season. First up is Rutgers with former Alta/Corner Canyon LSM Garrett Bullett picked to lead the Scarlet Knights.

The Utes also announced its captains: Josh Stout (Lone Peak), Jimmy Perkins, Seth Neeleman, Liam Donnelly, and Aaron Fjeldsted (Lone Peak).

And last but not least, BYU named Tyler Mumford, Tyler Clancy, and Jared Kotter (Spanish Fork).

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