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High school boys lacrosse: Camden Oswald’s five goals lift American Fork over Region 4 rival Lone Peak

Lone Peak’s Garrett Haas tries to get into scoring position in a boys lacrosse game in American Fork on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Lone Peak’s Garrett Haas tries to get into scoring position in a boys lacrosse game in American Fork on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Camden Oswald led the way for American Fork lacrosse in its victory over Lone Peak Tuesday night.

Oswald’s five goals proved to be the difference in the Cavemen’s 9-5 win over their rivals.

American Fork head coach Tyson Poole was not surprised by Oswald’s outburst.

“There is one thing I will always say about Camden: He is Mr. Reliable. He understands this game so well,” Poole said. “He is a unique player, one of the shortest on the team. One of the shortest that most teams see defensively. Camden has embraced it; he has no fear. That’s why you saw five goals from Camden today.”

Oswald scored one goal after another, leaving Lone Peak feeling helpless as he matched the Knights’ goal total all by himself.

The junior attacker focused on the Cavemen’s team effort rather than his own successes.

“Toward the beginning we were playing sloppy. Then we started playing as a team and not afraid,” he said.

American Fork is happy to be back out on the field after what happened last spring. Before ever reaching region schedules, Utah high school lacrosse saw its first-ever sanctioned season canceled with only a handful of games completed.

This year has been much different.

“We are grateful to have a season. We treat our season with one game at a time,” Poole said. “We lost a lot of key players last year, but we are super excited about what momentum we have going into our region play.”

The game marked the start of the two schools’ Region 4 schedule. American Fork welcomed Lone Peak to its field for the teams’ first matchup since the Cavemen defeated the Knights 1-0 in 2018.

American Fork senior captain Ashton Matheny was excited to be back on the field against Lone Peak.

“Last year we were sad,” he said in reference to COVID-19 cancellations. “This year we got to play hard, win our first region game and it was fun.”

The Cavemen had to overcome a rough first half in order to get the win. Lone Peak jumped out to an early 2-0 lead following goals from seniors Josh Bentley and Garrett Haas a mere 8 seconds apart.

Oswald responded, getting his first goal of the game on a scoop and score in front of the Knights’ goal to put the Cavemen on the board. The goal-scoring maestro put the ball through the net one more time before the first quarter ended, deadlocking the game at two apiece.

Lone Peak regained its lead going into the break when senior midfielder Luke Tucker scored the lone goal of the second period with the Knights a man up on American Fork due to a penalty.

Poole was confident his team would play better in the second half if it could calm its nerves.

“Rivalry games are interesting because you don’t always get the best of your boys. There are nerves, there are butterflies. Our job is how we debunk as much of that as possible and control what we can control,” he said. “We have been focusing a lot on energy and mental awareness. We play well when we play a super high level and super energetic. We made that a big goal.”

American Fork channeled that energy and started to pull away in the second half. Oswald added to his tally with three more goals, one in the third quarter and two in the fourth. Caveman senior captain Garrison Grimes added to the flurry with two goals of his own.

Following the win, the Cavemen improved to a 5-1 record. With the loss Lone Peak fell to 3-3 on the year.

American Fork will put its three-game winning streak on the line against Pleasant Grove on Thursday while the Knights will look to bounce back that same day when they face Skyridge. Both games are set for 7 p.m.