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Chargers boys lacrosse leading 6A teams; girls rebuilding

May 09, 2024 01:39PM ● By Catherine Garrett

Corner Canyon High freshman attacker OJ Ika has been leading the three-time defending state champion Chargers team with 35 goals and 24 assists. (Photo courtesy Chandra Tillotson)

The Corner Canyon High boys lacrosse team has been on top of 6A since the sport was sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association for the 2021 season, winning all three of the titles. The Chargers began the season ranked No. 1 and—despite graduating six of its seven First Team All-State players—were 10-1 at press time, including an undefeated run in Region 2 through

eight games.

Corner Canyon has been led in scoring by freshman attacker OJ Ika with 35 goals and 24 assists while senior attacker Kisen Muramoto has recorded 31 goals. 

“This team is a great mix of veterans and rookies new to the stage,” said fourth-year coach Aaron Ika. “We’re excited to see this team taking shape. Like any other Corner Canyon team, the boys have their focus on improving in all the little facets of the game by the time we hit the playoffs.”

So far this season, the Chargers have defeated Northridge 12-3, Riverton 15-3, Herriman 15-4, Alta 9-8, Mountain Ridge 21-0, Bingham 17-9, Copper Hills 14-2 and Riverton 13-0. Its lone loss was to Brighton 13-6 early in
the season.

“We have started to get to work. The boys are keeping their heads down and grinding through tough practices and runs trying to ensure they are ready for when the real challenge of games start,” Ika said. 

Also on the CCHS team this year are seniors Jack Dalley, Nick Erasmus, Ashton Free, Carson Hall, Braden Larson, Anderson Lewis, Mitch Phippen, Parker Vincent, Conner Welling and Conner Zaharis; juniors Ben Andrews, Kaden Ballman, Will Broman, Lincoln Crittendon, Easton Daynes, Noah Dunbar, Jagger Gamache, Cason Hiatt, AJ Leggett, Perry Lundstadt, Maximus McKenna, Tanner Oldroyd, Miles Parkinson, William Perry, Will Russell, Brock Sorenson, Max Taylor, Cole Wentworth and Michael Wheatley; sophomores Tanner Adamson, Cole Bonham, Jake Bonham, Ashton Brown, Cameron Crayke, Luke Fankhauser, Luke Fisher, Rhett King, Deken Knowles, Andrew Laker, Austin Larson, Asher MacPherson, Marcus Mellenthin, Ren Neilson, Teag Quinlan, Jake Roe, Zack Ware and Bridger Zimmerman; and 

freshmen James Bowman, Pierson Degracie, Kampton Dutton, Blake Parkinson, Jack Rasmussen and Cameron Wade.

“Our goal is to be a cohesive, bonded, aggressive team that works together to champion the type of Corner Canyon success we have come to see out of Corner Canyon
lacrosse,” coach Ika said.


Junior attacker Cat Faucette is the leading scorer in 6A with 69 goals—and fifth in the state—in leading Corner Canyon this spring. She has also 12 of the team’s 15 assists on
 the year. 

Fourth-year head coach Matthew Kenning also noted the play of junior midfielder Sophie Jacobs, “our team leader, a do-it-all player who controls our offense and our defense and does what it takes for the team to be successful.” Jacobs, who is committed to play at Westminster, has scored 31 goals while junior Mia Ambrose, who is a “strong, fast defender,” according to Kenning, is among the top defenders in Region 2

“These players are amazingly talented,” Kenning said.

So far this season, the Chargers have defeated Lehi 13-9 and Copper Hills 12-8 while losing to Cedar Valley 12-11, Bear River 19-8 and Brighton 16-7. In region play, Corner Canyon has faced several 6A title contenders and lost to Riverton 20-13 and 22-11, Herriman 12-11, Mountain Ridge 20-7 and Bingham 18-5.

“We are in the middle of a rebuilding year with a lot of young and new players,” Kenning said. “We also play one of the toughest schedules in the state. Our record right now stands at 2-8 with some close losses, but we are seeing a lot of progress. We get better every week and our players understand the difficult task we have with our schedule this season and are not discouraged by the losses. We look forward to improving during the second half of the season and preparing for playoffs.”

Also on the CCHS team this season are seniors Marissa Parker and Kayla Vaughn; juniors Janset Avkanat, Abigail Burton, Brinley Criddle, Emme Dowland, Lilly Hall, Tessa Hannon, Sophie Jacobs, Lillian McAllister, Britta Neilson and Becca Smiley; sophomores Avery Berger, Anna Brough, Lillian Burnett, Helen Galbreath, Emma Gordon-Smith, Alice Linford, Kate Moffat, Julieta Morales, Hailey Neff, Ava Nelson, Myla Taylor and Ivy West; and freshmen Lizzie Bradshaw, Amaya Felix, Sophia Hall, Hazel Jonas, Rebekka Morris, Megan Muirhead, Gigi Smart and Madi Story.

“We’re very talented. We’re just young, it is a transition year for us, for sure,” Kenning said. “Our entire starting attack line is made up of juniors and sophomores. While our midfield and offense is as good as anyone’s, our defense is just young and there’s room for a lot of growth and improvement. Next year we expect to be 6A title contenders. We know it will pay off eventually.” λ