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Let’s try this again: Sentinels lacrosse team looking to compete in first full season

Apr 12, 2021 09:45AM ● By Justin Adams

Junior David Wright scores a goal in a match against Lehi on March 23 (Justin Adams/City Journals)

By Justin Adams | [email protected]

There was a lot of excitement in the Utah lacrosse community last spring. It was to be the first season of sanctioned high school lacrosse competition. Then of course, that inaugural season was derailed, along with all other spring sports, by COVID-19.

The Mountain Ridge High boys lacrosse team was able to get in a few games last year prior to their season’s cancellation. It won all three of its games in a Provo tournament. Then, on the bus ride to one of their following games, the players and coaches received a call that school had been cancelled for the next two weeks.

For many seniors on the team who had looked forward to finally playing lacrosse as a sanctioned high school sport, it was a devastating blow.

“That was a group of boys I’d spent a lot of time with,” said head coach Trent Bangert. “For them to only get a few games, it was heartbreaking.”

Now after regrouping in the summer and fall with scrimmages against other high school teams, the Sentinels lacrosse team is ready to unleash the pent-up energy and frustration stemming from last year’s cancelled season.

The Sentinels won their first three region games of the season, against Timpview, Orem and Lehi, by a combined score of 53-13. 

“We look really good,” Bangert said. “We have a great group of players. We have a great senior class of fourteen players.”

Senior Keaton Jex leads the team with 11 goals through their first three games. Jack Crawford, another senior, has 10 goals and five assists. David Wright, a junior, is responsible for the most total goals on the team, with nine goals and nine assists. 

The impressive start to the season has the Sentinels ranked as the sixth-best team in the state, according to MaxPreps. 

Between the inauguration of sanctioned high school lacrosse and the fact that Mountain Ridge was a first-year school last year, Bangert said other schools probably weren’t expecting his team to be very strong. 

“But I think the cat’s out of the bag on that,” he said.