Prep boys' lacrosse: Juan Diego rides second-half spurt to title
West Jordan • At the end of the day and the Division I boys' lacrosse state championship between Juan Diego and Lone Peak decided, both teams had only a single loss on the ledger for the 2013 season.
But Lone Peak's defeat came Saturday at Copper Hills High, and that meant Juan Diego (20-1) collected its second consecutive state title with an 8-4 victory.
The Soaring Eagles, who trailed 2-1 at halftime, blew past the Knights by rattling off five goals in the first seven minutes of the third period.
"We're more of a second-half team, and we knew that we needed more energy going out there," Juan Diego senior attacker Tommy Maddox said. "We just kind of realized we weren't playing with energy, so we talked about that at halftime. We slowed down a little too much [in the first half]. We knew this team was good, so we needed to possess it, but we kind of overcompensated."
All that conservatism went out the window to start the third. Maddox pumped a low shot past Lone Peak goalie Abe Dahlgren off a feed from Luke Graney less than two minutes into the quarter to tie the game at 2-2.
Juan Diego sophomore Matthew Graney netted a sweeping shot from his left to put his team up by a goal only a minute, 19 seconds later. Ensuing goals by Austin Roberts and Alex Day padded the lead.
Defenseman Carter Mannix swiped the ball from a pair of Knights players then raced toward the Lone Peak goal before the third period was over. His pass to Graney was sent quickly to Maddox, who scored for a 6-2 lead.
"We had to get back to what we usually do in the second half," Maddox said.
Lone Peak (21-1) took the lead in the first half on goals by Aaron Fjeldsted and Jake Stout.
"Lacrosse is a game of runs, and they came out prepared, got a little bit of momentum and carried it through," Lone Peak coach Marlan Coe said. "They're a great team, and there's no shame in losing to them."
Waterford upended Syracuse 6-4 in the Division II title game.