By Anna Ewoniuk
Photo by JDCHS junior Kathryn Jones
Coming off a 13-8 season in 2014, this spring proved difficult for the Juan Diego Catholic High School boys lacrosse team, which won just seven games while losing 12.
The boys season ended May 6 with a 12-11 loss to Lone Peak in double overtime, in a game that included a 20-minute lightning delay.
Head coach John Holmes says he was not at all happy with his team’s record this year. “We’ve played some pretty good lacrosse, but we’re not winning games,” Holmes said. “We’re up and down right now.”
The coaches and players agree there is plenty of talent on the team, but Holmes says they were still searching for a little more fire.
“It’s all of us coming together and playing together and playing with passion,” Holmes said. “That’s what we’re trying to get to. We have to go out there and decide for ourselves we want to do it.”
Sophomore Ryan Baker credits losses to some of the better teams like Corner Canyon, which had a record of 17-1, and other teams like Brighton (13-2) and Park City (8-7) by seven or more goals because they did not play with enough heart.
“We aren’t playing with as much passion or energy as we should be,” Baker said. “We are playing flat.”
The team had hoped to do well in the playoffs that began with that Lone Peak matchup May 6. Bo Long, senior captain, says their goals were realistic if they were willing to work for it, but the overtime defeat brought that to a premature end.
“Our goals have always been big picture, win the state championship,” Long said. “But as we went through the season, we saw what we needed to improve on, so we had little goals to help build up the big one.”
Member of the team did not particularly take comfort with a mid-season tryout. Junior Alec Meyer says they held these tryouts because they were not playing to their full potential. Holmes says no one got cut afterward, but he wanted to get their attention.
“It was more of a wake-up call than tryouts,” Meyer said. “We needed to start playing like we know we can play or we won’t be playing for a championship.”
Holmes says he made some changes after, and one immediate sign came when the boys beat Highland 14-3.
“There is a brotherhood and a bond with the team that is very strong,” he said.
Baker agrees with Meyer saying the team is beyond compare.
“I get to play and hang out with some pretty great guys that I wouldn’t have been able to meet if it weren’t for lacrosse,” Baker said.
Long, Meyer and Baker have all committed to play collegiate lacrosse. Long will attend Colorado Mesa University in the fall, while Meyer will attend the United States Air Force Academy and Baker has signed with Bryant University.