The Wood River Warriors youth teams had a great showing in Boise Saturday, May 21 during a gathering recognized as a "Day of Lacrosse."
The U-13s coached by Paul Jones and Bill Baybutt won both their games, 4-2 over Boise West Apaches and 5-2 over Meridian South Mavericks.
Miles Jones scored twice against Boise West with one each from Leo Corrales and Mat Galgano. There were outstanding defensive efforts by Hans Heaphy, Cade Street and Travis Swanson.
Against Meridian, Warrior single goals came from George Prekeges, Mat Fisher, Miles Jones, Luke Marcoullier, and Asher Loomis.
With the victories, the much-improved Warriors captured their final three games to finish the spring season 3-3. The players demonstrated great hustle winning 61 ground balls. Stellar ball distribution led to the victories.
The U-15 team coached by Denver alumni Tim Price and assisted by Dave Hennessy also won both their games. In a hard-fought effort against the Bishop Kelly Golden Knights the Warriors prevailed 5-4.
Providing the winning margin were two goals each by Anders Fortuin, and Hayden Thayer, and one by Sean Flaherty. There were two assists by Eli Conrad and one from Fortuin. Ground ball machines were Hayden Thayer, Taylor Cooper, Eli Conrad and Maddie
Marcoullier. Goalie Carson Jones-Wilkins had nine saves.
In the second game against the Emmett U-15 the Warriors won 6-0. Balanced offensive pressure and good ball movement led to three goals in each half. There were two goals by Cole Malden, and one each from Sean Flaherty, Taylor Cooper, Eli Conrad and River Curtis. Hayden Thayer had two assists.
Playing smothering defense against Emmett in the shutout were Champ Kotara, Zach Swanson, Kagen Albright and Elijah Lindley. Goalie Carson Jones-Wilkins had five saves.
Coach Price said that Carson
showed his toughness when he was able to finish the game after taking a heater to the knee in the second half which stopped play for several minutes. The young man received the game ball for his effort.
The U-15 Warriors finished the season with a 4-2 record.