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2019 utah girls lacrosse semifinals

We’ve got some great matchups in both Division I and Division II of the 2019 Utah Girls Lacrosse Semifinals with Park City taking on Riverton, Herriman battling Waterford, Skyline facing Juan Diego and Corner Canyon squaring off against Lehi.

2019 Utah Girls Lacrosse Semi Finals, Tuesday May 14th

#1 Park City (13-0) vs #5 Riverton (13-1)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Riverton:  With a #5 seed, Riverton did not receive a bye in the first round of the playoffs.  Riverton played a first round matchup defeating Alta 10-7. In the quarter-finals, Riverton shocked American Fork as Logan Cook scored the game winning goal with 4 seconds left to give Riverton the 11-10 victory.  Ali Fullmer had a big game with 5 goals and an assists. Logan Cook scored 4 goals for Riverton including the game winner. Also contributing to Riverton’s scoring was Rachel Jenson and Reygen Thomas with one goal each as well as Ashley Davenport with an assist.
  • Park City:  Park City continued their undefeated season as they breezed past Brighton 18-7 in the quarter-finals last week.  Despite Brighton playing some of their best lacrosse of the season, they were not match for Park City’s flawless style of play.  Park City’s Kendall Keblish seemed to be everywhere on the field. She won 15 of the 21 draws that she took (71%) and scored 6 goals on just 6 shots.  Shaye Henderson scored 4 goals while Lauren Pederson and Parker Seifert scored 3 goals each. Also adding to the scoring was Corrine Sullivan with a goals and 2 assists, Amelia Livingston with a goal, and Jessie O’Neal with an assist.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Herriman 12-8, Herriman def Riverton 20-5
  • Park City def Waterford 16-6, Riverton def Waterford 13-12
  • Park City def Bingham 13-5, Riverton def Bingham 10-5
  • Park City def Olympus 17-8, Riverton def Olympus 16-11
  • Park City def Corner Canyon 11-3, Riverton def Corner Canyon 11-6
  • Park City def Jordan 10-1, Riverton def Jordan 15-7

Key Players

  • Park City
    • Lauren Pederson (43 goals, 35 ground balls, 57 draw controls)
    • Shaye Henderson (27 goals, 20 assists, 45 draw controls)
    • Kendall Keblish (29 goals, 17 ground balls, 28 draw controls)
  • Riverton
    • Rachel Jenson (46 goals, 6 assists, 27 ground balls)
    • Ali Fullmer (36 goals, 14 assists, 27 caused turnovers, 70 draw controls)
    • Logan Cook (27 goals, 21 assists, 33 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Park City
    • Goals per game – 14.5
    • Opp. goals per game – 4.7
    • Shooting % – 55.3%
    • Draw % – 66.4%
    • Save % – 38.8%
  • Riverton
    • Goals per game – 14.4
    • Opp. goals per game – 6.8
    • Shooting % – 51.7%
    • Draw % – 64.6%
    • Save % – 34.8%

Comments:

The last time these two teams played was in May of 2018 where Riverton kept it close but eventually fell to Park City by the score of 10-7.  With two big wins already in this year’s playoffs, Riverton hopes to keep their hot streak alive as they face Park City. However, it is difficult to find a weakness in Park City’s game.  They are fundamentally sound, they control the draw with regularity, their offensive and defensive transitions are great, they can play up-tempo offense with hard drives to the goal, or they can slow things down and spread it out.  They play fundamentally sound defense and they have two quality goalies in cage who can make great saves and quality clears. In watching Park City play, it is no wonder that they are the favorites to win this game and meet Herriman in the finals.  If this pans out, it would be the third straight time that Park City would play Herriman in the championship game.

 

#2 Herriman (12-1) vs #3 Waterford (11-2)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Herriman:  Herriman continued dominance as they defeated Lone Peak 22-4 in the quarter-finals last week.  Logann Eldridge led the way for Herriman with 4 goals and 2 assists. Kenzie Garrett scored 3 goals and had 3 assists as well.  

 

  • Waterford:  Waterford continued their impressive season with a 12-8 victory over Viewmont in last week’s semi-finals.   Jaimeson Meyer led the way for Waterford with 5 goals on 7 shots. She also had 8 draw controls on the night.  Also scoring for Waterford was Sarah Child, Taylor Schmidt, and Sophia Taylor with 3 goals each, along with Hanna Bruce with one goal and 2 assists.

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Herriman 12-8, Park City def Waterford 16-6
  • Herriman def Riverton 20-5, Riverton def Waterford 13-12
  • Herriman def Alta 19-1, Waterford def Alta 16-7
  • Herriman def Juan Diego 13-7, Waterford def Juan Diego 15-11
  • Herriman def Copper Hills 24-3, Waterford def Copper Hills 15-3.

Key Players

  • Waterford
    • Jaimeson Meyer (67 goals, 62 ground balls, 82 draw controls)
    • Sarah Child (43 goals, 33 ground balls, 26 draw controls)
    • Sophia Taylor (23 goals, 27 ground balls, 42 draw controls)
  • Herriman
    • Logann Eldridge (41 goals, 15 assists, 29 ground balls)
    • Mia Lightfoot (32 goals, 9 assists, 23 ground balls)
    • Aleksa Allen (29 goals, 27 assists, 48 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Waterford
    • Goals per game – 12.9
    • Opp. goals per game – 7.6
    • Shooting % – 58.2%
    • Draw % – 59.5%
    • Save % – 40.72%
  • Herriman
    • Goals per game – 18.8
    • Opp. goals per game – 4.4
    • Shooting % – 60.1%
    • Draw % – 69.6%
    • Save % – 38.4%

Comments:

Waterford has been the surprise team of 2019.  Last year, Waterford found themselves as the #3 seed in the Division II playoffs.  This year, they have improved with a 10-2 regular season record and moved all the way up to a #3 seed in the Division I playoffs.  That is a remarkable improvement of 12 spots. Led by Sophomore Sensations Jaimeson Meyer and Sarah Child, Waterford has a bright future ahead of them.  Although anything is possible for this young Waterford team, defeating Herriman will be quite the challenge. Herriman has been on an absolute tear this year, especially after taking their only loss of the season to Park City on March 21st.  Since that Loss, Herriman has gone 8-0 and have outscored their opponents 166-34.  Herriman does it with speed, relentlessly attacking the goal, quick interior passes to move the defense, and with their depth.  Herriman has an astonishing 12 players who have averaged at least a goal per game. If Herriman does move on past Waterford, they would likely be facing Park City in the championship game for the third straight year.

Division II Semi-Finals, Wednesday May 15th

#1 Skyline (8-5) vs #4 Juan Diego (7-6)

2019 matchup – Juan Diego defeated Skyline 12-7 at Juan Diego on April 25th.

How they got here

 

  • Skyline:  With the #1 seed in the Division II playoffs, Skyline had a first round bye before defeating Jordan 11-8 in the quarter-finals.  Skyline’s Tessa Frey had a great game scoring 4 goals, 5 ground balls, and won 67% of her draws. Maci Thom had 2 goals and 2 assists and Sarah HOrman had 2 goals.  Also scoring for Skyline was Ashlee Roberts with a goal and an assist, and Cosette Charles and Arynn Maxon with a goal each.
  • Juan Diego:  Juan Diego played a fantastic quarter-final game defeating Pleasant Grove 18-4.  Alexis Moratalla scored 5 goals and two assists as well as securing 9 draw controls.  Ryan Stolfa had 4 goals and won 71% of her draws. Gabby Horner had 2 goals and 3 assists and Julia Hettinger had a big game with 3 goals.  Also scoring for Juan Diego was Ella Candage with 2 goals and an assist, Chloe Redican with a goal and two assists, and Eliana Moreno with a goal and assist, and Paige Cameron added an assist.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Waterford def Skyline 14-4, Waterford def Juan Diego 15-11
  • Olympus def Skyline 12-10, Olympus def Juan Diego 16-5
  • Brighton def Skyline 10-8, Brighton def Juan Diego 11-9
  • Skyline def Jordan 13-6, Juan Diego def Jordan 12-6
  • Skyline def West Jordan 17-8, Juan Diego def West Jordan 13-8

Key Players

  • Skyline
    • Maci Thom (32 goals, 29 assists)
    • Ashlee Roberts (28 goals, 14 ground balls)
    • Tessa Frey (27 goals, 55 ground balls, 51 draw controls)
  • Juan Diego
    • Ryan Stolfa (37 goals, 41 ground balls, 72 draw controls)
    • Alexis Moratalla (37 goals, 39 ground balls, 45 draw controls)
    • Gabby Horner (25 goals, 24 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Skyline
    • Goals per game – 10.7
    • Opp. goals per game – 9.4
    • Shooting % – 55.4%
    • Draw % – 60.3%
    • Save % – 37.8%
  • Juan Diego
    • Goals per game – 12.1
    • Opp. goals per game – 8.9
    • Shooting % – 63.8%
    • Draw % – 54.5%
    • Save % – 33.7%

Comments:

Despite being ranked #1, Skyline actually lost to Juan Diego 12-7 back on April 25th.  In that April Matchup, Juan Diego was able to win the game by securing the draw (67% draw percentage) and shooting a high percentage (75% shooting percentage).  For Skyline, the high scoring duo of Tessa Frey and Maci Thom were held to only one goal each in that game. As we know, it is difficult to beat the same team twice in one season. Skyline will come out to prove that they are the #1 team as Juan Diego will hope they can keep Skyline’s offense at bay once again. The winner of this game will move on to the championship game on Saturday.

 

#2 Corner Canyon (6-7) vs #6 Lehi (WSL) (8-6)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Lehi:  Lehi has had a nice run in this year’s playoffs defeating Copper Hills 13-5 in the first round, and upsetting #3 West 15-9 in the quarter-finals.  Lehi’s River Buechner scored 5 goals, while Eliza Jorgensen scored 3 goals and had an assist. Also scoring for Lehi was Mia Orcutt and Lauren Ackerman who both had 2 goals and an assist, Lilly Pearson with 2 goals and Kaeley Thompson with a single goal.
  • Corner Canyon:  Corner Canyon played a solid game defeating Weber 15-3 in the quarter-finals.  Corner Canyon had a balanced attack with 11 girls scoring a goal or an assist. Madison Andrew’s led the way with 3 goals and an assist, while Daisy Linford also scored 3 goals.  Talia Anderl scored two goals while 7 other Corner Canyon players scored a single goal.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Alta def Corner Canyon 10-7, Alta def Lehi 7-6
  • Corner Canyon def Juan Diego 9-8, Juan Diego def Lehi 20-8
  • Corner Canyon def Jordan 12-7, Jordan def Lehi 10-6

Key Players

  • Lehi
    • River Buechner (26 goals, 30 ground balls, 38 draw controls)
    • Eliza Jorgensen (25 goals, 13 assists, 20 ground balls)
    • Lauren Ackerman (22 goals, 21 ground balls, 18 draw controls)
  • Corner Canyon
    • Sofia Chieco (25 goals, 30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)
    • MeKiah Muramoto (20 goals, 6 assists, 21 ground balls)
    • Madison Andrews (19 goals, 12 assists, 19 caused turnovers, 50 draw controls)

Key Stats

 

  • Lehi

 

    • Goals per game – 10.9
    • Opp. goals per game – 8.7
    • Shooting % – 55.7%
    • Draw % – 54.3%
    • Save % – 48.3%
  • Corner Canyon
    • Goals per game – 8.8
    • Opp. goals per game – 9.8
    • Shooting % – 43.7%
    • Draw % – 51.8%
    • Save % – 38.6%

Comments:

The last time these two team matched up was in April 2018 when Corner Canyon defeated Lehi 17-9. Madison Andrew’s, Sofia Chieco, and MeKiah Muramoto scored goals in that game for Corner Canyon. For Lehi, it was Lilly Pearson how had 6 goals in last year’s matchup.   Lehi is a young and up and coming team as they start 7 freshman on their varsity squad. Lehi will try to keep their playoff momentum alive by upsetting their second straight team.  Corner Canyon will have extra motivation going into this game as they championship game will be played on their home field and they would love to play in front of their home crowd.

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