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    Interview w/ Chris O'Donnell, Championship History, Semi Previews

    Interview w/ Chris O'Donnell, Championship History, Semi Previews

    Good morning lacrosse fans! It’s championship week and I couldn’t be more excited. If you want to relive the Quarterfinal action please review my last email.

    I have one request. Please show up to the girls championships on Friday and the boys championships on Saturday. Both days will be at Layton High School. Showing support is one way that others will take notice of our strong community and help it to grow. Nothing is given to us, we have to earn it. Show up!

    Interview with Brighton Head Coach Chris O’Donnell

    Brighton Head Coach Chris O’Donnell

    Brighton Head Coach Chris O’Donnell hails from Virginia where he starred in Soccer, Basketball and Lacrosse. O’Donnell went on to play lacrosse at Radford University in Virginia. After graduation he found himself in Utah on a Friday and coaching lacrosse on a Monday. We also talked about the 2021 Bengals who are in the semis as the No. 14 seed. Hope you enjoy the show!

    You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

    As always, this newsletter is brought to you by Vessel Kitchen.

    Championship History

    Let’s take a little jaunt down memory lane!

    2019 @ Corner Canyon High School

    On May 18, 2019, the Park City boys team won its second straight title and third overall. The Herriman girls captured its first top tier title with a 11-7 win over Park City which was a rematch of the 2018 and 2017 title games. The Herriman girls finally broke through and beat Park City. It was such a great game filled with tons of emotion. The Herriman boys team won the Class B title with a 12-10 win over Pleasant Grove. Judge beat Waterford, 9-7, for the Class C title. The Juan Diego girls beat Corner Canyon, 12-10 to claim the girls Division II title.

    2018 @ Skyline High School

    May 19, 2018 saw both the boys and girls Park City teams take home the state championship trophy. The Park City boys beat Brighton, 7-6, while the girls beat Herriman, 10-7. Jordan beat Davis, 15-8, in the girls Division II title game. East beat Spanish Fork, 8-3, in the boys Class B game and Mountain Crest beat Ridgeline, 8-7 in overtime, to win the Class C title.

    It was fun to see Park City win both the girls and boys titles.

    2017 @ Alta High School

    On May 20, 2017, Juan Diego beat Brighton, 10-9, in the Class A title game. The Park City girls beat Herriman, 16-8, to claim the Division I title. Olympus beat Weber, 12-8, in the girls Division II title game while Herriman beat Northridge, 11-8, in the boys Class B game and Box Elder beat Timpview, 6-5, in the Class C title game.

    2016 @ Brighton High School

    On May 21, 2016, Brighton defended its home turf by taking home the boys Class A title with a 8-6 win over Juan Diego. Park City beat American Fork, 16-7, in the girls Division I championship game. The Juan Diego girls team beat Roy, 10-8, in the girls Division II title game while Waterford took home the boys Class B title, 6-2, over Bonneville. Westlake beat rival Lehi, 5-4 in overtime, to claim the Class C title.

    A Bubba Fairman led Brighton wasn’t going to be stopped although Juan Diego did its best to try and stop him and the rest of the Bengal offense. The Brighton defense was no slouch either. I remember the Class C title game being packed with emotion since Westlake had just broken off from Lehi.

    2015 @ Corner Canyon High School

    Editor’s Note: The rest of these were taken from a past post I wrote for Utah Lacrosse News

    The crown jewel of lacrosse stadiums took center stage on May 16, 2015 in what would be an excellent day of lacrosse with 3 of the games being decided by one goal and one going to overtime. The day began with Roy taking down Copper Hills, 8-7, in the girls D-II title game. The Girls D-I title was settled in an epic battle between rivals Park City and Brighton. The Miners got the best of the Bengals that day, winning 13-12 in overtime. The newly formed Class C saw Bountiful take down B

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    Interview w/ Kenzie Christiansen, Full Playoff Bracket Breakdowns

    Interview w/ Kenzie Christiansen, Full Playoff Bracket Breakdowns

    Good morning lacrosse fans. Well, here we are, it’s playoff time! Before we dig into all the brackets, I get asked all the time how people can support the Utah Lax Report. There are a couple of ways:

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    I keep everything free so that all can enjoy it. Thank you for being great fans throughout the season. Let’s get to it!

    Interview with Kenzie Christiansen

    Kenzie Christiansen

    My podcast guest today is Kenzie Christiansen who is currently the director of Tornadic Lacrosse. She has been a coach, played high school lacrosse at Woods Cross, college lacrosse at the University of Utah and is also an official. We talked about her lacrosse experiences and then dove into the girls brackets.

    Game Night Live Rewind

    The second half of the podcast features the audio from the boys bracket recap show that I was a guest on with the fine folks at Game Night Live Rewind. You can also watch the show here:

    There is a ton of content in this podcast, so please give it a listen. You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

    Leave a comment below with your picks to win it all!

    Bracket Links

    Boys Division A

    Boys Division B

    Boys Division C 

    Girls Division A 

    Girls Division B 

    Girls Division C 

    Boys Division A Bracket

    Before we begin, I’d invite you to join the Tribal West Lacrosse Bracket Challenge. The winner of the boys Division A bracket challenge will get their choice of a camp entry to the Tribe Camp this summer, a $50 gift card to Tribal West or a $25 gift card to Tribal West. The second-place winner will get to choose between whatever the winner doesn’t choose and the third place winner will get whatever is left.

    First Round - May 18

    No. 1 Corner Canyon (18-0) v. No. 16 Skyline (10-5)Corner Canyon - Jon King 95G 45A, Mason Quick 84G 30ASkyline - Max Parker 29G 24A, Joe Goodman 28G 24A

    Corner Canyon Head Coach Aaron Ika said, “Coach Sanchez will have his team ready to battle and we know we will get their best game. We have a team made of of guys that step up game by game and week by week. King, Neilsen, Quick, DeGracie all lead statistically on offense but Franckowiak and Serrell are no slouches either. Santi, Hanks, Egan and White anchor a stingy aggressive defense. I am just excited for the playoffs and we know as a team that an undefeated season means nothing now that we are in the playoffs. The boys will not rest on what they did. They are ready to fight and compete for every play.”

    Skyline Head Coach Joe Sanchez replied to my email with, “Have you ever seen the movie Miracle?” Of course I have coach!

    No. 2 Park  City (14-2) v. No. 15 Lone Peak (9-6)Previous Matchup: March 9, Park City won 21-18Park City - Connor Monson 49G 29A, Chase Beyer 44G 28ALone Peak - Garrett Haas 88G 38A, Luke Tucker 27G 31A

    Park City Head Coach Michael Persky said, “Lone Peak has had one of th

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    Interview w/ Brandon Horoba, Q&A w/ Brighton Senior Haley Taylor, Westminster Wins RMAC Tourney

    Interview w/ Brandon Horoba, Q&A w/ Brighton Senior Haley Taylor, Westminster Wins RMAC Tourney

    Good morning lacrosse fans. I really hate to start a newsletter off this way, but there was an incident at a game last week that left me sleepless. Please know that racism has no part in our society, let alone the lacrosse community. I’ve been to almost 30 games this year from Weber to Timpanogos and everywhere in between. Usually driving home I think about the game, the fans, the officials, the coaches, the players, and after most games, I think to myself, ‘we have to be better.' I say ‘we’ because despite being on different teams and having different jerseys, we are all part of the lacrosse community, which, despite being the largest it’s ever been, is still small. When our sport is shown favorably, it’s favorable for all of us. When it’s shown negatively, it’s a notch against all of us. So let me take a moment to address some things I’ve seen:

    Everyone - It’s not okay to use racist terms on the lacrosse field - ever. I’m not going to tell you how to live your personal life, but it has no place in the lacrosse community. Do better.

    Coaches - It’s not okay to taunt or mock a player on the opposing team - ever. It’s also not okay to degrade the people working the table or talking to opposing fans while coaching. Also, please fill out the officials' feedback form so we can help improve that aspect of the game too. Do better.

    Assistant Coaches - Stop yelling at the refs. You ask your players to abide by the rules so you should too. Do better.

    Officials - Let’s be honest, some refs are there to collect a check and go home who have no interest in helping the game. This is bad for our sport. If this is you, please stop. Also, please take control of games that are getting out of hand. It’s not hard to see it. Do better.

    Fans - If you’re an adult yelling at an opposing player (14-18 year old) then you need to stop. Do better.

    With all that said, I’ve been to games this year where the fans have been great, the coaches have coached well and the officials have been excellent but unfortunately, it’s rare. We need to be better at trying to make this scenario more common and it takes all of us, not just one team or one ref or one coach.

    I feel the season as a whole has been a success. It hasn’t been without hiccups or controversy, but overall, Year 1 of sanctioning has been what I thought it would. It’s a bittersweet time of year. The regular season is ending but playoffs are on the horizon.

    As a heads up, the playoff brackets will be revealed on Wednesday morning. I think they will be released on the UHSAA Twitter account but also on MaxPreps. Also, I try to be respectful to your inbox but I’m likely going to send 2-3 newsletters per week as I do my best to cover the playoffs.

    Interview w/ Alta Head Coach Brandon Horoba

    Alta Head Coach Brandon Horoba

    My podcast guest this week is Alta Head Coach Brandon Horoba. Horoba starting coaching at Alta in 2002 then went to Brighton from 2009-2016. While with Brighton, he won 3 state championships as a head coach and one as an assistant coach. After Brighton, Horoba coached at UVU for one season then went back to Alta in 2018. Horoba has also been part of a handful of club programs as well. In this episode, we talk about each one of his coaching stops, breaking away with the UHSLL, club lacrosse and more. You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

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    Week 9 Coaches Polls

    No. 1 Corner Canyon - The Chargers beat Skyridge, 21-2, on Tuesday then sent No. 6 American Fork home with a 20-4 loss on Friday. Corner Canyon hosts No. 10 Lone Peak on Tuesday in the finale for both teams.

    No. 2 Olympus - The Titans beat Pleasant Grove, 13-7, on Wednesday and

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    Interview w/ Moriah Greenstein, Q&A w/ Green Canyon Senior Mason Anderson

    Interview w/ Moriah Greenstein, Q&A w/ Green Canyon Senior Mason Anderson

    Good morning lacrosse fans. Thank you for taking time out of your day for the Utah Lax Report. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to shoot me a note: tim@timhaslam.com.

    Interview w/ Alta Head Coach Moriah Greenstein

    This week I spoke with Moriah Greenstein who has been the head coach of the Alta girls team for the past three years. Greenstein hails from Glenmont, New York where she anchored the Bethlehem High School offense and played college lacrosse at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. While at Bates, Greenstein set the school record for assists in a season and career. In this podcast, we talk about all things girls lacrosse.

    You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

    Look, if you haven't been to Vessel Kitchen yet, that’s okay. However, you should make a goal to do it soon, it’s great food by great people. It has locations in Midvale, Sandy, 9th + 9th and Kimball Junction.

    Week 7 Coaches Polls

    No. 1 Corner Canyon - The Chargers bested No. 4 American Fork on Tuesday, 15-9 (Highlights). The difference in this game was the second quarter when the Chargers scored 6 and allowed 0. The third quarter is the only quarter the Chargers have lost this season when American Fork scored 3 and Corner Canyon just 2. These two will play again on May 7. Corner Canyon followed up the win with a 21-4 victory over Pleasant Grove on Friday. A second matchup against Westlake on Tuesday and the first meeting against Lone Peak on Thursday will take the Chargers into May. Fox13 did a video special about the Chargers. Watch it here.

    No. 2 Olympus - The Titans continued to win with a 11-1 victory over East on Tuesday and a 15-3 drubbing of rival Skyline on Friday. Olympus plays one game this week when they head to Highland on Wednesday.

    No. 3 Farmington - The Phoenix beat region foes Woods Cross, 18-0, and Box Elder, 18-4. Three games this week begins on Monday at Bountiful, then home games against Viewmont on Wednesday and Bountiful again on Friday for Senior Night.

    No. 4 American Fork - After a ‘good loss’ to No. 1 Corner Canyon, the Cavemen squeaked out a victory over Lone Peak on Thursday, 11-10, in double overtime. Harry Lisonbee scored the game-winning goal, which was one of 5 total goals on the night for the Senior. The Cavemen will face Pleasant Grove on Tuesday and Skyridge on Thursday.

    No. 5 Mountain Ridge - What a week for the Sentinels. It all started on Tuesday with an 11-10 overtime win against region rival Timpview (Deseret News recap). I was on the call with Dane Stewart for Game Night Live Rewind and it was a blast. You can watch the game here. Jack Crawford scored the game-winning goal for Mountain Ridge. On Thursday, the Sentinels beat Orem, 14-2, then on Friday, beat Brighton in overtime, 13-12. This time it was Gavin Gann with the game-winner. Winning two games in overtime in one week is quite the heart check for fans.

    No. 6 Park City - After six straight blowouts, the Miners will be chomping at the bit as it hosts No. 9 Brighton on Tuesday and Wasatch on Friday.

    No. 7 Green Canyon - The Wolves continue to dominate Cache Valley with wins over Mountain Crest, 19-1, and Ridgeline, 22-6 (Herald Journal recap). Three games this week begins on Monday at Bear River, Wednesday at Logan and home against Sky View on Friday.

    No. 8 Davis - The Darts edged Northridge on Tuesday, 17-11, and beat Weber, 19-15, on Thursday. This week features games against Clearfield and Roy. Assuming Fremont wins its remaining games, the May 6 showdown should decide Region 1.

    No. 9 Brighton - After beating Maple Mountain on Monday, 23-3, and Skyline on Wednesday, 18-5, the Bengals fell to Mountain Ridge in overtime, 13-12. Brighton faces Park City on Tuesday and East on Wednesday.

    No. 10 Fremont - The Silverwolves beat region Syracuse and Roy and will take on Layton and Clearfield this week. Fremont is 10-1 with a lone loss to

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    Interview w/ Goose It Lacrosse Founders, New No. 2 Teams, Q&A w/ Syracuse A/M Brooklyn Suttlemyre

    Interview w/ Goose It Lacrosse Founders, New No. 2 Teams, Q&A w/ Syracuse A/M Brooklyn Suttlemyre

    Good morning lacrosse fans. Thank you for taking time out of your day for the Utah Lax Report. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to shoot me a note: tim@timhaslam.com.

    Interview w/ Goose It Lacrosse Founders Jackson & Boston Earl

    I’m very excited about this podcast because it’s about local small business and giving back, both of which are things I love. Jackson and Boston Earl started Goose It Lacrosse after noticing the lack of lifestyle focused lacrosse apparel. I also love that they donate 10% of proceeds to JDRF which is a Type 1 diabetes research fund. You can find out why by listening to the podcast. Check out their website: gooseitlax.com

    You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

    While you’re out and about at games, stop by Vessel Kitchen. Vessel Kitchen has locations in Midvale, Sandy, 9th + 9th and Kimball Junction.

    Before we dive in, I’d like to thank Patrick Carr from the Standard-Examiner for his article this week about lacrosse. We had a long chat about the history of the game and more. Go check it out here.

    Also, Dusty Litster and Dane Stewart from Game Night Live on KSL did a great 18 minute recap of the lacrosse action so far. You can watch it here. If all goes well, I should be joining the GNL team in the booth this week and I’m really looking forward to it.

    Week 6 Coaches Polls

    No. 1 Corner Canyon - The Chargers beat Skyridge, 26-0, on Thursday and will face No. 5 American Fork on Tuesday. Corner Canyon has scored 20 or more goals in its last five games. I’m not certain that will change here but American Fork only gives up 5.7 goals per game on average. No matter the score, I suspect Corner Canyon will win by at least 8 as a conservative estimate.

    No. 2 Olympus - The Titans beat Timpview, 13-8 (Highlights), on Wednesday and Alta, 10-5, on Friday, which is likely why they jumped to the No. 2 spot over Farmington. The Titans are still No. 3 in the RPI but have a much tougher schedule than Farmington, so I suspect if they continue to win, they’ll jump Farmington there too. Olympus takes on region foes East on Tuesday and Skyline on Friday, which could be a great chapter for the rivalry. When will we see a lacrosse traveling trophy for this rivalry like ‘The Rock’ for their football rivalry? I believe Waterford/Judge has an old bucket helmet that has been used as a traveling trophy in the past. I’d love to see more traveling trophies to be honest.

    No. 3 Farmington - After a midweek contest with Bountiful was rescheduled due to weather, the Phoenix beat Bonneville, 18-4, on Friday. Only region games remain on the schedule, with games against Woods Cross and Box Elder this week.

    No. 4 Mountain Ridge - One of the better games on the schedule for the week will take place on Tuesday when the Sentinels host Timpview on Tuesday. Mountain Ridge won the first game in the series, 13-11, on March 15.

    No. 5 American Fork - The Cavemen beat Skyridge, 17-4, on Tuesday, then edged Westlake, 12-7, on Thursday. A tough week lies ahead with No. 1 Corner Canyon on Tuesday, then Lone Peak on Thursday.

    No. 6 Park City - A 19-4 win over Spanish Fork and two region games this week (Maple Mountain & Salem Hills) set the stage for potentially the toughest remaining schedule of any team. After this week, the Miners host No. 9 Brighton (4/27), Wasatch (4/30) and No. 4 Mountain Ridge (5/8) then have a regular-season finale at No. 2 Olympus on May 11.

    No. 7 Green Canyon - The Wolves bested Sky View, 17-3, on Wednesday and will take on Mountain Crest on Wednesday and Ridgeline on Friday.

    No. 8 Davis - The Darts beat Layton, 18-0, on Tuesday then beat Highland, 16-1, on Thursday. The Darts have two great road games this week beginning with Northridge on Tuesday and Weber on Thursday.

    No. 9 Brighton - The Bengals re-enter the poll after a 13-4 win over Bountiful on Tuesday and an 18-4 win over C

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    Interview w/ Nick Gradinger, UHSAA RPI Released

    Interview w/ Nick Gradinger, UHSAA RPI Released

    Good morning lacrosse fans. Thank you for taking time out of your day for the Utah Lax Report. Don’t forget to forward to a friend, it’s the best way for the newsletter to grow.

    Interview with Vessel Kitchen Founder Nick Gradinger

    If you’ve been reading the newsletter, you’ll recognize the name Vessel Kitchen. It’s because they sponsor this newsletter, podcast, coaches poll, etc. Vessel Kitchen is owned an operated by lacrosse-loving people and families and on the podcast today, I spoke with Nick Gradinger who started it all. Nick played at Torrey Pines, Deerfield, Cornell and Denver before eventually ending up in Park City.

    (Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Co-founder Nick Gradinger and executive chef Roe'e Levy on top of the newest Vessel Kitchen location in Salt Lake City's popular 9th and 9th neighborhood on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

    You can listen to the latest podcast above or on Apple Podcasts or Spotify. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a rating!

    While you’re out and about at games, stop by Vessel Kitchen. Vessel Kitchen has locations in Midvale, Sandy, 9th + 9th and Kimball Junction.

    Week 5 Coaches Polls

    No. 1 Corner Canyon - The Chargers are coming off Spring Break and will host Skyridge on Thursday.

    No. 2 Farmington - The Phoenix handled Northridge on Wednesday, 16-4, and edge Wasatch, 12-10, on Friday in one of the better games I’ve been to this year. I have to hand it to the Wasps, they came to play and their crowd gets loud.

    No. 3 Olympus - The Titans cruised to a 17-3 victory over Box Elder on Friday. One of the marquee matchups this week has the Titans heading to Provo to take on No. 10 Timpview on Wednesday. Olympus also faces Alta on Friday.

    No. 4 Mountain Ridge - Mountain Ridge heads to Mountain View on Tuesday.

    No. 5 Park City - The Miners beat No. 8 Davis, 21-8, on Tuesday and will host Payson on Wednesday. Spanish Fork will host the Miners on Friday.

    No. 6 American Fork - On Tuesday, American Fork will travel to Skyridge followed by a home game against Westlake on Thursday. The following week, AF has Corner Canyon at home and Lone Peak on the road.

    No. 7 Green Canyon - I suspect the Wolves will win out starting with a game against Sky View on Wednesday and Bear River on Friday.

    No. 8 Davis - The loss to Park City on Tuesday led to a 19-7 win over Syracuse on Thursday. Layton on Tuesday and Highland on Thursday will setup region play for the rest of the way for Darts.

    No. 9 Juan Diego - The Soaring Eagle took down Wasatch on Wednesday, 11-9, and Herriman on Friday, 17-3. Juan Diego will finish the rest of its schedule with region play beginning on Tuesday as it hosts Judge.

    No. 10 Timpview - No. 3 Olympus comes to town on Wednesday then a home game against Orem on Thursday will round out the week for the T-Birds.

    Other games I’ll be watching with interest: Brighton @ Bountiful, Weber @ Syracuse, Copper Hills @ Bingham, Bingham @ Riverton, Bonneville @ Farmington and Skyline @ Bingham. If you can’t tell, I’m anxious to see what Bingham is really about. Three wins this week would be impressive.

    No. 1 Park City - The Miners will face Payson on Wednesday and Spanish Fork on Friday.

    No. 2 Brighton - The Bengals host Copper Hills on Friday.

    No. 3 Mountain Ridge - Despite losing to Herriman on Tuesday, 15-13, the Sentinels stayed put in the polls. A home game against Mountain View is the lone game for the Sentinels this week.

    No. 4 Skyridge - The Falcons will be tested this week with a game at American Fork on Tuesday and a home game against No. 10 Corner Canyon on Thursday.

    No. 5 Olympus - The Titans are newcomers to the poll and made quite the entrance. A 17-14 win over Riverton and a 13-12 win over Waterford put Olympus on the map. Olympus will host Pleasant Grove on Wednesday and Timpview on Friday. Sophomore Eva Thorn (12g, 4a) leads the team.

    No. 6 Waterford - The Ravens beat Highland on Tuesday and lost to Olympus on Friday. Back

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