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2019 UTGL Championship Preview: Division I + Division II

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Division I Championship Game

#1 Park City (14-0) vs #2 Herriman (13-1)

2019 matchup – Park City defeated Herriman 12-8 on March 21st at Herriman High School

How they got here

 

  • Park City:  With an undefeated regular season and the #1 seed in the playoffs, Park City has remained unblemished in the playoffs.  Park City defeated #9 Brighton in the quarterfinals 18-7, followed by a victory over #5 Riverton 17-7. Kendal Keblish has been on a tear through the playoffs for Park City.  Keblish has scored 11 goals on just 11 shots in the two playoff games. She has also taken the majority of the draws for Park City and has won 62% of her draws. Lauren Pederson and Parker Seifert have also played well for Park City with both players scoring 7 goals in the playoffs.
  • Herriman:  Herriman received the #2 seed with their only loss on the season coming by the hands of Park City way back on March 21st.  Herriman defeated #10 Lone Peak in the quarterfinals 22-4 and pulled out the victory over #3 Waterford 15-11.  Herriman found themselves down one goal at halftime against Waterford, but it was Logan Eldridge who took over the second half scoring 5 of her 7 goals after halftime.  Eldridge has been fantastic in both playoff games for Herriman scoring 12 goals and 5 assists.  Aleksa Allen has also been playing well with 6 goals and 4 assists in the playoffs.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def American Fork 10-7, Herriman def American Fork 19-12
  • Park City def Waterford 16-6, Herriman def Waterford 15-11
  • Park City def Riverton 17-7, Herriman def Riverton 20-5
  • Park City def Viewmont 16-7, Herriman def Viewmont 20-1
  • Park City def Bingham 13-5, Herriman def Bingham 16-4
  • Park City def Lone Peak 17-7, Herriman def Lone Peak 21-2 (regular season) 22-4 (playoffs)
  • Park City def Corner Canyon 11-3, Herriman def Corner Canyon 19-2

Key Players

  • Park City
    • Lauren Pederson (47 goals, 37 ground balls, 62 draw controls)
    • Shaye Henderson (29 goals, 20 assists, 46 draw controls)
    • Kendall Keblish (34 goals, 17 ground balls, 33 draw controls)
  • Herriman
    • Logann Eldridge (53 goals, 20 assists, 36 ground balls)
    • Mia Lightfoot (37 goals, 12 assists, 29 ground balls)
    • Aleksa Allen (35 goals, 31 assists, 53 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Park City
    • Goals per game – 14.7
    • Opp. goals per game – 4.9
    • Shooting % – 55.3%
    • Draw % – 66.4%
    • Save % – 38.8%
  • Herriman
    • Goals per game – 18.6
    • Opp. goals per game – 4.9
    • Shooting % – 60.2%
    • Draw % – 67.9%
    • Save % – 38.2%

Coaches Comments:

Park City Coach Zach Sadoff – The opportunity to play on Championship Saturday is always a goal for Park City Lacrosse and we are grateful to extend our 2019 season to its maximum length.  We are excited to play Herriman, again, in the championship game. They are a high energy team who play well together.

Herriman Coach Wes Allen – I have a lot of respect for Park City – their program is just so strong and so full of depth so to be able to compete with them at the top level is both rewarding and humbling.  Our team motto this season has been “Respect All, Fear None” and that is what we are taking into the game on Saturday. Looking forward to an incredible end-of-season game!

Comments:

If you like rematches, this is the game for you.  This will be the third year in a row that Herriman and Park City have faced each other in the state championship game with Park City winning both previous meetings.   These two teams have been the most dominate teams in the state for the past 3 years. In that time, Park City has had a 43-1 record with their only loss coming by the hands of Herriman last year in the regular season.  Herriman has been just as impressive with a 39-5 record, 3 of their losses have come from Park City.

Herriman has a deep team that is built to score goals.  Herriman has 12 players who averaged at least one goal per game in the regular season.  Herriman’s dominate style of play is hard to defend. They are fantastic at winning the draw, then they put so much pressure on the goal with so many offensive weapons.  Herriman has multiple players who can take you one on one, but where they specialize, is on great interior feeds. Herriman has had an assist on an amazing 58% of their goals.  The only way to stop Herriman’s offense is to not let them have the ball in the first place.

Park City can play an up tempo style of play as well, but they can also thrive when they slow things down and spread the field.  Park City is a very fundamentally sound team that doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. Park City is also a very experienced team who has a great lacrosse IQ.  Their players know how to anticipate what is going to happen on the field and are usually two steps ahead of their opponents.

This game is going to go down to which team can control possession, starting from the draw.  With both teams dominating the draw so far this season, it will be interesting to see which team can find a way to win the draw in this game.  Turnovers will also be a key. With both teams so gifted on offense, any turnover could likely turn into a goal. It will be extremely important for both teams to take care of the ball and capitalize on any of their opponents mistakes.

Division II Championship Game

#2 Corner Canyon (7-7) vs #4 Juan Diego (8-6)

2019 matchup – Juan Diego defeated Corner Canyon in overtime 9-8 on March 20th at Juan Diego.

How they got here

 

  • Corner Canyon:  Corner Canyon received a #2 seed in the Division II playoffs after finishing the regular season with just a 5-7 record.  However, Corner Canyon had the second toughest strength of schedule in the league. Corner Canyon defeated #7 Weber in the quarterfinals 13-3 and the beat #6 Lehi 15-6 in the semifinals.  Freshman Simone Parker had a fantastic game for Corner Canyon in the semifinals. After scoring a total of 9 goals so far this season, Parker broke out for 6 goals against Lehi. Madison Andrews and Sofia Chieco also had a strong game in the semifinals with 3 goals and an assist each.
  • Juan Diego:  Juan Diego came in as the #4 seed in the Division II playoffs after going 6-6 in the regular season.  Juan Diego defeated #5 Pleasant Grove 18-4 in the quarterfinals and then defeated #1 Skyline 13-9 in the semifinals.  Lexi Moratalla has played great for Juan Diego scoring 9 goals in the playoffs. Ryan Stolfa is also playing fantastic with 7 goals.  Juan Diego’s defense has been impressive as well as they are fundamentally sound and work well as a team. Juan Diego caused 7 turnovers in their game against Skyline with Defender Kyllie Furukawa and Moratalla having 3 caused turnovers each.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Herriman def Corner Canyon 19-2, Herriman def Juan Diego 13-7
  • Olympus def Corner Canyon 12-10, Olympus def Juan Diego 16-5
  • Alta def Corner Canyon 10-7, Alta def Juan Diego 10-7
  • Corner Canyon def Lehi 11-5 (regular season) 15-6 (playoffs), Juan Diego def Lehi 20-8
  • Corner Canyon def Jordan 12-7, Juan Diego def Jordan 12-6

Key Players

  • Corner Canyon
    • Sofia Chieco (29 goals, 30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)
    • MeKiah Muramoto (21 goals, 6 assists, 21 ground balls)
    • Madison Andrews (25 goals, 14 assists, 19 caused turnovers, 50 draw controls)
  • Juan Diego
    • Ryan Stolfa (40 goals, 43 ground balls, 78 draw controls)
    • Alexis Moratalla (42 goals, 42 ground balls, 50 draw controls)
    • Gabby Horner (28 goals, 24 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Corner Canyon
    • Goals per game – 9.3
    • Opp. goals per game – 9.6
    • Shooting % – 43.7%
    • Draw % – 51.8%
    • Save % – 38.6%
  • Juan Diego
    • Goals per game – 12.1
    • Opp. goals per game – 8.9
    • Shooting % – 63.8%
    • Draw % – 54.5%
    • Save % – 33.7%

Comments:

These two teams played in a fantastic matchup back on March 20th with Corner Canyon wining in overtime.  Despite their modest records, both teams have been very competitive this season including in many of their games against Division I opponents.

Corner Canyon is strong on transitioning the ball from their defensive side to the offensive end.  Corner Canyon’s midfields and attack players consistently get past their defenders in route to scoring on fast breaks.  When Corner Canyon is forced to settle the ball, they rely on solid interior feeds into the 8 meter arc to get a girl open for a score.  Most of the scoring load for Corner Canyon has come from Senior Madison Andrews and Juniors Sofia MeKiah Muramoto. However, if Freshman Simone Parker can get going again like she did in the semifinal game, it Corner Canyon will be tough to beat.

The last time that Juan Diego was in the Division II playoffs was back in 2016 when they won the champion game 10-8 over Roy.  Seniors on the current Juan Diego team were freshman in that game. Juan Diego has a solid defense that is fun to watch. They are fundamentally sound with their defensive positioning and their reaction to the ball.  When Juan Diego has time to set up their defense, it is hard to penetrate and get a shot on goal. On the offensive end, Seniors Ryan Stolfa and Alexis Moratalla pack a strong one, two punch.

Energy and momentum may be the key to this game.  It is important for both teams to come out strong right from the start of the game and establish themselves.  If one of the teams find themselves in a deficit early in the game, it will be hard to come back.

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