Today was an historic day for lacrosse in Utah. Never before today had an outdoor professional game been played here. Saturday afternoon, as part of the LXM ATS tour, Team STX took on Team Sole in Orem and came out on top, winning 16-14. Both teams fought hard throughout, but Kyle Harrison and team STX came out on top to tie the series 2-2.
Both teams began the game scoring a few quick goals. Midfielder Kyle Harrison was the first to score for Team STX, shooting from behind the back. Throughout the rest of the first and second quarters, Sole could not keep up as STX dominated possession of the ball. The score at the half was 11-5, STX with the lead.
Led by attackmen Mikey Powell, Team Sole did not count themselves out and gained the dominant possession of the ball in the third, while outscoring their opponent 5-2. The run continued into the fourth as Sole closed the lead to just one goal. Despite their best efforts, Sole was not able to catch STX in the end.
After the game, STX Head Coach Peter Dante commented about the game, “In the tour this year we are two and two; that was our comeback game. What I love about this team is we do play like a team.” He also mentioned the tour’s stop in Utah, “As far as youth is concerned, this has probably been our best event attendance-wise, player-wise.”
Powell came away from the game with three goals and one assist. He spoke about the team’s loss, “They jumped out on us early. They have a lot of speed in their midfield. Truthfully, the loss could be chalked up to offensively we weren’t putting the ball away.”
In speaking about his trip here to Utah, Powell said, “I have passed through three times playing music. I always wanted to come back here and play lacrosse. You score a goal and you look up and you are surrounded by these beautiful mountains. That is what lacrosse is all about; it’s about relationships and when you are in a location, you can embrace that and enhance it.”
After scoring two goals along with two assists, Harrison commented on the win, “The importance of this game was getting the series even again. It was good for us to get a little lead, have them make a run, but then sustain ourselves and finish out the fourth quarter strong for the win.”
Harrison also talked about the crowd and the turnout of today’s event, “What’s so exciting about the kids is that they are all so passionate about the game here. Not only do they love the sport, but they just want to learn and soak it up, meet all the pros; they are so appreciative that the event is here and the pros are here. I am just happy to be here and I can’t wait to come back.”
After the game, players gladly signed balls, jerseys, t-shirts and whatever else kids could muster up. Both the pros and the youth players were jubilant and excited. Players could be heard offering words of advice and encouragement to young players, new to the game. LXM will continue their tour with their next stop in Phoenix Arizona on Saturday, November 10th.
For more coverage of the event, visit our LXM 801 page.