This document is designed to prevent confusion but it may cause friction with some of the teams. For example, in previous years, girls from Bountiful were split between Viewmont and Woods Cross but under this new document, all players from Bountiful must play for Woods Cross.
The league alignments were designed with the intent of growing the sport of lacrosse in Utah as a whole. Some teams wanted to drop from D-I to D-II while other teams were making the request to jump from D-II to D-I. After much debating and deliberation, the council decided on a few moves that would best benefit each team and the sport as a whole. The first decision was that the newly opened, Corner Canyon High School, would enter the league as a D-I team.
“I know my skill set. I’m inheriting kids who have played before. Although D-I will be tough, I believe it will allow us to be more competitive,” said newly appointed, Corner Canyon head coach, Jim Williamson. They will be placed in the South conference.
In order to try and keep the conferences similar in number, the council decided to move Jordan High School into the north conference.
It was then agreed that Copper Hills would drop to the D-II level. Copper Hills has had a few tough years in a row and has made this request multiple times. Over all, Copper Hills has struggled against D-I teams and D-II teams and it was decided that Copper Hills drop to D-II wouldn’t immediately affect the overall landscape of D-II. Copper Hills will compete in the South conference.
The final decision of the meeting was American Fork and Herriman making the leap to D-I. Last year these two teams were ranked in the top four in D-II all year. American Fork won the championship and Herriman lost in the semifinals. Maureen Richard of Herriman has left Herriman and the program will be left with new coaches to take the helm in what should be a very difficult schedule for.
“I’m excited,” said American Fork coach, Lindsay Gomm. “I think we have the talent but [the girls] may feel daunted when they see who they have to play.”
New League Alignment
|D-I North||D-I South|
|Cache Valley||American Fork|
|Park City||Juan Diego|
|D-II North||D-II South|
|Sky View||Pleasant Grove|
|Woods Cross||West Jordan|