In a game that featured 6A’s two top boys lacrosse teams in No. 1 Corner Canyon, and No. 2 American Fork, the Chargers left little room for doubt Tuesday that they are the state’s best squad.
The Chargers defeated the Cavemen 17-3 to take first place in Region 4 standings.
“Our guys come to battle all the time,” Corner Canyon head coach Aaron Ika said. “I’m so proud of how hard they play. They make me look good as a coach because they’re competitors and they always want to play as hard and as fast as they can.”
Corner Canyon has looked good all season long and entered Tuesday’s contest having outscored its previous opponents by an average of nearly 10 goals per game.
The state’s top team beat American Fork by more than that, putting together an offensive performance that gave the Cavemen everything they could handle.
In less than four minutes of the first quarter, the Chargers scored first when senior Mason Quick scored his fourth goal of the night.
American Fork scored its first goal of halftime, tied the game at 1 apiece.
Corner Canyon would end the half with an 8-0 run, giving them a 9-1 lead.
The Chargers added eight more goals to their cushion in the second period, all of which came in succession for an additional 8-0 run.
“Our guys bought into the game plan and what the coaches asked them to do. I can’t ask much more than that,”Ika spoke.
“American Fork’s a heck of a team and they battle hard. We told our guys before this game we had to not only match their intensity, but somehow find a way to beat it.”
The Chargers’ intensity was on full display, with six players adding goals to their impressive tally.
Corner Canyon’s top scorers were Quick and Blake Franckowiak, who each scored four times. The Chargers scored almost every time, making American Fork’s team look helpless all night.
Despite consistently being one of Utah’s best teams, the Cavemen have struggled in games played against the Chargers, as Tuesday’s loss marked their ninth defeat in nine meetings with the Draper school.
Corner Canyon and American Fork met 3 times last year. Each contest ended in a Charger win of 6 or more goals.
The Cavemen’s only other loss on the season came at Timpview.
Ika was happy with the performance of his team on Tuesday night, but felt there was still room to improve.
“Sometimes we shoot a little too early too often,”He said, “but at the end of the day, they’re all competitors and they just want to fight and keep fighting.”
Both teams will continue regional play later in the week. Corner Canyon will take on Pleasant Grove Friday night, while American Fork travels to Highland Thursday to take on Lone Peak.
Both contests will start at 7 p.m.