Titan boys reached quarterfinals in state lacrosse
Jul 31, 2018 02:03PM
● By Josh McFadden
Olympus takes on Highland during a 2017 lacrosse game. (Photo/Steve Crandall)
By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Not to be overshadowed by its spring team sports, the Olympus boys lacrosse club produced some exciting results of its own, finishing the season 13-7 and advancing to the state quarterfinals in Class A.
Olympus fell to Brighton 14-9 in the playoffs, ending an otherwise successful season in which it had a seven-game winning streak. In fact, during that winning stretch, the Titans amassed at least 10 goals in every victory.
The Titans reached the quarterfinals with a 14-4 blowout win over Herriman, a team they had defeated in the regular season opener 7-6. Things were different this time around, as Olympus had little trouble with the Mustangs in a game played May 8 on its own field.
After starting the season off with an even 4-4 record, the Titans reeled off seven victories in a row, five of which came by at least seven goals. Olympus punctuated the winning streak with a convincing 19-2 rout of Alta on April 21.
The Titans showed prowess on the offensive end of the field this season, producing 13 double-digit-scoring games. During the season, 18 players scored goals. Then-senior Thomas Poulton led the way with 43 goals on his 114 shots (75 of which were on goal). Mitchell Dunn wasn’t far behind with 37 goals. Attacker Mac Murphy was third on the squad with 32 goals; he also paced the Titans with 17 assists. Other key offensive contributors were Cannon Hogue (26 goals and 13 assists), Mason Parker (16 goals and 12 assists), and Colter Tate and Xander Gordon, each of whom had 14 goals and five assists.
Goalie Julian Headden did excellent work defending the net. He had a nearly 61 percent save percentage, turning away 212 of the 348 shots he faced. Defender Andrei Brown forced 32 turnovers.
Olympus was well represented on All-State teams. Poulton was s First Team standout at the midfielder spot, while face-off specialist Maguire Richins and Headden each garnered First Team recognition as well. On the Second Team, Hogue, a midfielder, represented Olympus, while Murphy was Honorable Mention.
The Titans will look to come back even stronger next season. The following year — the 2019–20 school year — lacrosse will become a fully sanctioned sport.