Prep boys' lacrosse: Chemistry key to success for Bountiful
When Bountiful coach Marty Wescott compares his current boys' lacrosse team to his squads from the past, he knows that it's tough to top some of those former Braves squads.
Bountiful won state championships in 2008 and 2009 with an athletic group of players who were well-versed in sports besides lacrosse.
Wescott's current group, however, garners some significant praise from the coach.
"On those teams (2008 and 2009), we had 15 players go to college, which is pretty much unheard of," Wescott said. "We're not as athletic as those teams, but we're better lacrosse players."
With its collective high "lacrosse IQ," Bountiful sports a 10-4 record in Utah and is 4-0 in the North conference entering the playoffs.
Wescott certainly knows something about sending players on to play college lacrosse.
No less than 10 former Braves are on the roster at BYU, and one, junior Jace Thomas, is set to play at the Air Force Academy when he graduates from high school.
Other keys to Bountiful's success include sophomore attacker Chandler Wescott, the coach's son, who leads the state with a 5.93 points per game average and tops the state in assists as well.
Junior keeper Dalon Hampshire also is near the state's top in goals-against average for the Braves, while senior Jess Parry is a state leader in caused turnovers from his defensive position.
"He probably leads the league in goals as a defender," Wescott said about Parry, who has seven goals entering the week.
Helping Thomas at the attack position is junior Brock Jeppeson, who is second in the state in goals.
"We've got a lot of great guys, great chemistry," said Thomas, who feels chances are good for a long postseason Bountiful run.
"Real well, if we come out and play like we're capable of," he said. "I don't see any reason why we can't go to the state championship."