Prep boys' lacrosse: Yocoms set Davis lacrosse on winning course
Dillon Yocom's problem was he moved to Utah.
The move may have been a good one for himself and his family, but not for his love for lacrosse.
When the Yocom family lived in New Hampshire, it was easy to buy into a sport that was popular and provided plenty of opportunities. But when the Yocoms moved to Utah, one of the first things they did after putting in a change of a address with the post office was to search for a lacrosse league.
A quick search revealed discouraging news.
Good thing Dillon's father was committed to giving his son a chance to play. Trevor Yocom started a youth program and the high school program at Davis.
He started a program four years ago. There were 53 kids the first year. Now there are 10 different teams.
As the sport gained momentum, Dillon became the face of lacrosse for Davis as it went from expansion team to a respected Division I team on the rise.
"Since it's not a [UHSAA] sanctioned sport, some kids may look at it as less than a sport," Trevor Yocom said. "But he's never looked at it like that. I would attribute his success to his work ethic and dedication."
Dillon earned all-conference honors as a freshman on a team that finished with a 13-2 record. He was named MVP for his position and helped Davis improve to 15-2 as a sophomore.
The Darts made the jump last year from the Division II level, where there are 23 teams, to Division 1, the highest level of high school lacrosse that features the 20 best teams in the state.
Davis finished 7-7 and qualified for the playoffs. Dillon finished with 30 goals and 30 assists, once again earning all-conference honors.
Davis is 3-2 this season, and Dillon is leading the team by averaging 4.6 points per game. He is hoping his experience will continue to help Davis build a winning program.
"I think I have pretty good vision," Dillon said. "I can see the field and what's opening up, and I know the strategy to it that others may not know who are new to the sport. We have good talent, we just have to focus on things we can control. We have the potential to go pretty far."