The long wait is almost over for lacrosse fans as the high school boys lacrosse season is set to begin on Monday, March 4.

The favorites heading into the season in the Deseret News preseason coaches rankings are the same teams who earned the No. 1 seed heading into last year’s state tournaments — Corner Canyon (6A), Olympus (5A) and Sky View (4A). Only Corner Canyon ultimately won its state championship, however, evidence that the quality of play in boys lacrosse continues to increase entering its fourth full season as a sanctioned UHSAA sport.

In 6A, Corner Canyon gets the top billing despite graduating six of its seven first team all-staters from last year’s squad. The three-time state champs continually reload with talent from the younger ages, and 6A’s coaches expect to see that again.

Fremont was 6A runner-up a year ago, and it returns the bulk of its top talent as it looks to make another run at Corner Canyon.

“We are excited this year to grow the program and reach new heights. We have an experienced group of players that can push us deep into playoff contention,” said Fremont coach Brad Searle.

In 5A, Olympus gets the nod ahead of two-time state champ Park City for the preseason No. 1 ranking.

The Titans return a slew of returning contributors, including four first team all-staters, while Park City graduated the bulk of its top attacking players from a year ago.

Park City coach Michael Persky, however, has been pleased with the leadership of his new captains Bracken Birch, Tripp Hopkins and Garrett Hebert as the program looks for continued success.

“Each year, Utah lacrosse gets better. The impact of the success of the U. and presence of the PLL have increased awareness and participation. So this year, young men know they have to work a little harder and do a little better in order to achieve the success they did last year,” said Persky.

Sky View gets the nod as the preseason No. 1 in 4A. The Bobcats have lost to Green Canyon by one goal in each of the past two state championships, but coach Bryant Cannell expects his team to be in the mix again this season in classification that nearly doubled in size with seven teams dropping down from 5A.

“We are looking forward to a tough and challenging year. We hope to grow as much as possible and end up in a similar position as we did last year. We hope to be even more prepared this season for any challenges that come,” said Cannell.

Deseret News preseason coaches rankings

Class 6A

Team (2023 record)

  1. Corner Canyon (16-2)
  2. Fremont (18-4)
  3. Farmington (14-5)
  4. American Fork (10-5)
  5. Davis (14-5)

Class 5A

Team (2023 record)

  1. Olympus (17-2)
  2. Brighton (16-3)
  3. Park City (18-5)
  4. Alta (14-4)
  5. Bountiful (12-5)

Class 4A

Team (2023 record)

  1. Sky View (20-2)
  2. Judge Memorial (9-8)
  3. Green Canyon (12-10)
  4. Ridgeline (11-8)
  5. Juan Diego I10-7)