We close out the girls previews by looking at the ULA D-I North Conference. Brighton, Cache Valley, Jordan, Judge, Olympus, Park City and Skyline will battle in search of an elusive playoff spot in search of a championship.
Brighton Bengals2013 Record: 4-9 (2-3)
2013 Playoffs: 4th seed, lost to Bingham in Quarterfinals
After a tough 2013 season, the Bengals are ready to be back at the top of the D-I girls lacrosse scene. The Bengals have a new coaching staff with Kendra and Scott Robinson leading the charge after spending several seasons at Viewmont. 2013 Second Team All-State Defender Amy Johnston is back for her senior season and will lead the Bengals. Sophomore Tiffiny Wallace received high praise from her coaches and will hope to make her mark this season.
Toughest three game stretch: April 24 v. Judge, April 28 v. Olympus, May 1 @ Park City. The Bengals have saved their toughest games for last as they take on three very good teams late in the season. Each game will have playoff implications so the Bengals will have to be on their ‘A’ game in order to get a top seed.
2013 Record: 1-5 (5-6)
2013 Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
Cache Valley only graduated five seniors and are returning several players with varsity playing experience. 2013 leading scorer Kylee McKee will be back and ready to once again lead Cache Valley en route to a playoff berth.
Jordan Beetdiggers2013 Record: 5-7 (3-3)
2013 Playoffs: 4th seed, lost to Skyline in Quarterfinals
Jordan has been moved from the South Conference to the North and will welcome the change of scenery. The Beetdiggers only lost 3 seniors and will hope to once again make the playoffs. 2013 First Team All-State Goalie Sasha McKee is back for the Beetdiggers and ready to lead the defense. Seniors Mikayla Parker and Whitney Sieverts will lead the offense on a solid Jordan squad who is hoping to make waves.
Statement game: March 18 @ Bingham. This game will be a great test for Jordan and will show where they stand.
Judge Bulldogs2013 Record: 4-7 (1-5)
2013 Playoffs: Did Not Qualify
The Bulldogs are ready for the 2014 season and are anxious to show their hard work they’ve put in during the off-season. Sarah Hunt, Jessieanne Turner and Liz Lewis are the stars for this team and will lead the Bulldogs.
Head Coach Chad Martin weighed in on his teams biggest challenge in conference play and what he is looking forward to the most this season.
“Our conference itself,” said Martin. “We have both teams from the state championship game last year in our division, and we get Jordan added to the D1 north another great program constantly in the playoffs. It means we will need to play at a very, very high level to compete. But its a task I know myself and my kids are up for. I’m most excited to play night games at home. I hope the other teams are okay with it. We have had some growing pains and with us being a small school in the middle of the city field space is limited. So most home games will be played under the lights this year.”
Judge has also added Kevin Berthiume to the staff who coached at Brighton last year.
Statement game: March 11 v. Riverton. The Silverwolves will be tough this season and Judge will have to play their best lacrosse to beat them. This game will provide a good idea of what the Bulldogs are capable of.
Olympus Titans2013 Record: 8-5 (3-2)
2013 Playoffs: 3rd seed, lost to Riverton in Quarterfinals
The Titans lost just 3 seniors from last years team including 2013 First Team All-State Defender Hannah Thatcher but return 2013 Second Team All-State Midfielder Katie Adams who is one of the best players in the state. Elise Jeppsen, Hannah Fordham and Zana Spratling will all contribute at their respective positions and give Olympus the boost they need to advance deep into the playoffs.
Rivalry game: May 1 v. Skyline. The 2013 version of this game was played at the Skyline stadium and didn’t disappoint. Look for Olympus to come out on top in this years tilt.
Park City Miners2013 Record: 13-2 (4-2)
2013 Playoffs: 2nd seed, lost to Skyline in Championship
Head Coach Amy Hafets said, “I expect McKenna Tychsen, Haley Adelman, Katie Miele, Hannah Hyatt, Dani Lecher and Marina Mayo to all have stand out years. All of these girls have been working very hard in the off-season and over the summer to prepare for the season. These girls have developed a strong chemistry with each other on the field from playing together over several years now. They will be leaders on the field and set the tone for the rest of the team.”
The Miners will hope to overcome their championship game curse this season and are the early season favorites. Cat Serpe and Abbie Coleman will join Hafets on the sideline in hopes of walking away with the elusive Girls D-I Championship trophy come May.
2013 Record: 14-1 (6-0)
2013 Playoffs: State Champions
The Eagles graduated 18 seniors from their title team. Madeline Osterloh, Jade Mulvey and Annie Stevens are the only players returning who scored in a varsity game last season. New Head Coach Carson Chambers will look to lead the young Eagles into a playoff spot in May.
Every game will be important for the Eagles as teams try to knock off the defending State Champion.