BY BRIAN BERRONG
SYRACUSE — Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
While dominant in the east, lacrosse is still a relatively new sport in the West. Most high school teams compete as clubs rather than sanctioned school sports, and Utah is no exception.
Even though teams carry the ‘club’ label, they represent their respective schools with the pride and passion of any other sport.
The Syracuse Titans exemplified that pride this season. Syracuse, which just completed its second varsity season, ended the year as Davis Conference Champions and reached the Division II State Championship, where they lost to Waterford.
Still, the Titans season was nothing to laugh at, as a 14-3 record and a trip to the finals proved they are becoming more competitive with each passing season.
“We had a great season,” said head coach Jay Meyer. “The kids did an amazing job and gave it their best shot,”
Meyer appreciates the dedication of his senior players and looks forward to next year.
“Lacrosse is a growing sport and I have no doubt our best days are ahead of us,” he said.
In the playoffs, the Titans took down Logan, Sky View, and top-ranked Herriman en route to the Division II championship game.
The Titans’ bid for their first state title fell short, however. They dropped to Division II powerhouse Waterford.
The Ravens, one of the oldest lacrosse teams in Utah, won the game 6-4 over the Titans to claim their fourth state title.
Winning the title was a goal set by the Titan players and coaches at the end of last season.
While they came up short in the end, they weren’t without recognition.
Five team members were voted to the All-Conference First Team: Braxton Rogers, Jordan Stark, Connor Meyer, Landon O’Camb, and Jake Kapp.
Second team All-Conference members Logan Chapman, Skylour Tatum, Jackson Andersen, Chad Russell, Kade Janes, and goalie Brayden Stone rounded out the list of outstanding players from Syracuse.
Two members of the team were named to the Utah Lacrosse Association All-State team: Jordan Stark and face-off specialist Connor Meyer. In addition, Meyer was the state face-off MVP.
“I love the sport,” said Meyer. “It gives back to the kids who play it. We’re always looking for new players.”
Meyer has reason to be optimistic: the Titans will return many of their key starters next season.
For more information about the high school lacrosse season, visit utahlax.org.
Editor’s note: Berrong is the club advisor for the Syracuse Lacrosse team.