Jordan Lacrosse notches upsets during 2013 season, playoffs
Though there were high hopes and high moments during the year, including a handful of upset victories, the Jordan Boys Lacrosse team finished its season with a 5-10 record and its playoff hopes in the quarter-finals.
Jordan started off of the year by escaping the late snow and competing in the Best of the West lacrosse tournament in Las Vegas on March 1-3. The tournament featured nearly 100 teams from throughout the western United States and Canada.
Jordan competed in four games against teams from Southern California and Nevada before losing to Brighton, a team much closer to home, by a score of 6-4 in the first round of the playoffs.
As the Beetdiggers returned to their home field, they dropped their first game, 11-7 against Spanish Fork on March 5, as well as their second, 14-9, against Judge Memorial on March 12.
Next came the Gathering of the Tribes, another large-scale lacrosse tournament, played at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and the Redwood Road Park in South Jordan.
The varsity boys team split the two games of its tournament, losing against Viewmont 6-5 on March 15 and winning against Bonneville 9-2 on March 16.
Jordan then won its first non-tournament match of the season, edging past then top-ranked Park City 7-6 on March 21.
In April, the team experienced three wins and five losses. The wins came against Copper Hills on April 11 (12-7); Highland on April 15 (13-5); and Bingham on April 25 (9-8).
The Beetdiggers’ record was enough to earn them a seventh seed in the playoff tournament where they would first face the number-two seeded Bountiful Braves on May 9.
Though the first half finished in a 6-6 tie, Jordan came back strong in the second, scoring four unanswered goals early on and keeping the ball on attack. Jordan finished with an 11-9 upset over Bountiful.
In the quarter-final matchup on May 11, Jordan faced rival Alta, the number-three seed in the tournament. Though the first half finished with Alta up by only two goals, the Hawks ran away with it in the second half, outscoring the Beediggers 9-1 and finishing with a 17-7 victory.
Leading the team on attack this year were seniors Zach Pierce and Shaylor Sylvester, who combined for 43 goals.
Junior midfielder Bradford Anderson captured the majority of his face-offs and also contributed eight goals and seven assists for the team.
On defense, senior Tayler Dibble led the team with 19 caused turnovers. Junior goalie Jared Rigby recorded 120 saves on 229 total shots.