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A Look Back at the Past 5 Seasons of Championship Day

At about 9pm tomorrow, 5 teams will have cemented their names in the Utah lacrosse history books. As we get ready for a full day of action packed excitement, take a stroll down memory lane with a look back at the championship day from the past five seasons.

2015 – Corner Canyon High School

The crown jewel of lacrosse stadiums took center stage on May 16, 2015 in what would be an excellent day of lacrosse with 3 of the games being decided by one goal and one going to overtime.
The day began with Roy taking down Copper Hills, 8-7. Recap | Instagram | Gallery The title was the first for Roy in just its third season.
The Girls D-I title was settled in an epic battle between rivals Park City and Brighton. The Miners got the best of the Bengals that day, winning 13-12 in overtime.  Recap | Instagram | Gallery
The newly formed Class C saw Bountiful take down Box Elder, 10-6. Recap | Instagram | Story
Class B saw the No. 6 seed win the Championship when Logan took down Copper Hills, 10-7. Recap | Instagram | Gallery | Gallery 2 | Story
The Class A title went to the hosts when the Chargers beat Park City, 9-8. Recap | Instagram | Story | Gallery

2014 – Corner Canyon & Park City High Schools

Five champions were be crowed over a Friday and Saturday in what was a great weekend of lacrosse.
On Friday, May 16, Corner Canyon hosted the Utah High School Lacrosse League Championship between Corner Canyon and Brighton. The Bengals would come out on top, 12-10.Recap | Story | Gallery | Instagram
On Saturday, May 17, Park City played host. The first game saw Lehi finally break through and get the Girls D-II title, beating Pleasant Grove 7-6. Recap | Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3
In the Girls D-I, host Park City took down Riverton, 11-8. Recap | Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3
In the Boys D-II, Sky View beat Syracuse, 9-3. Recap | Story | Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Gallery 3
In the nightcap, Park City took home the D-I crown with a 16-4 win over Herriman. Recap | Story | Gallery 1

2013 – Copper Hills High School

Skyline Eagles Championship
Copper Hills hosted the 2013 championships which saw some phenomenal games.
In the first game, American Fork beat Lehi, 11-7, for the D-II girls crown. Recap | Pictures
In Girls D-I, Skyline continued its dominance that season, beating Park City, 10-9. Recap | Pictures
Waterford took home the boys D-II title with a 6-4 win over Syracuse. Recap | Pictures
In Boys D-I, Juan Diego went back-to-back, beating Lone Peak, 8-4. Recap | Pictures

2012 – Brighton High School

Brighton High School was the backdrop for one of the best championship days in recent history. Each game was settle by one goal!
In Girls D-II, Timpanogos beat Viewmont, 9-8. Recap
In Girls D-I, Bingham beat Park City, 12-11 in 3 OT. Recap
In Boys D-II, Mountain Crest beat Waterford, 11-10. Recap
In Boys D-I, Juan Diego beat Alta, 9-8. Recap

2011 – Park City High School

After a freak rain storm left Westlake High School soaked, Park City stepped up and hosted the championships.
In Girls D-II, Waterford beat Viewmont, 7-5. Recap
In Girls D-I, Alta beat Bingham, 12-6. Recap
In Boys D-II, Spanish Fork beat Timpanogos, 8-7. Recap
In Boys D-I, Brighton beat Judge, 8-7. Recap | Photos

A Couple of Memories

Above are the facts, the stats, the fun stuff. I’m going to take a few minutes though and talk about the behind the scenes, the news, the notes.
2011 – Honestly, I had never been to a state championship game. I played lacrosse in high school but never quite made it that far. Dave Allen ruined those chances in the 2002 semifinals with strong game plan. Needless to say, I didn’t know what I was in for. I remember feeling bad for the league who had put a ton of time into getting the games at Westlake just to have it cancelled due to rain. My fondest memory from that day was when Spanish Fork Head Coach Phil Dunn held the trophy as tight as he could for as long as he could. It was also the tail end of a back-to-back for Brighton. They were good that year.
2012 – It doesn’t get much better than Brighton when it comes to hosting games. This was the year we tried to sell ‘Grow the Game’ t-shirts. That was a mistake, but to those who bought one, thank you. The play on the field couldn’t have been better. It was intense from start to finish. I remember the big ULA logo at midfield that I thought was pretty cool. I remember learning how girls overtime worked… I remember the Mountain Crest v. Waterford game being a brute v. brains type of game. Mountain Crest has some huge athletes that could score at will. Waterford of course, had a strict game plan and played with tempo and finesse as always. Juan Diego had a stellar team that year. Alta had it’s fair share of studs as well. Amazing game.

Eric Mika (33 Lone Peak)
2013 – I was honored to be named the ‘Person of the Year’ this year which was truly humbling. It was also my 6th wedding anniversary. We spent it in the South end-zone eating Marley’s Sliders. Not sure if she’s forgiven me for that one or not. I also liked the games at Copper Hills since I live down the street. American Fork was solid that year. I felt so bad for Coach Freeman as he walked off the field in tears. I’ll be sad to see him go this year. Skyline was so good that year. The one memory I have from the JD v. LP game was Eric Mika towering over everyone.
2014 – I remember the UHSLL game on Friday night being absolutely packed. It was a sight to see. I was talking with Brae Burbidge and Renee Tribe about how cool of sight it was. On Saturday I remember Coach Freeman walking off the field in tears again, but this time as a champion. Park City girls finally got the monkey off their back and beat Riverton. Syracuse was missing Connor Meyer which made a big difference in that game. My favorite part from the boys D-I was the post-game interview with Coach Langendorf. So genuine, so much emotion.
2015 – Last year I remember being extremely excited for the games! I loved having it at Corner Canyon, mainly because of the big press box. The Girls D-I game was one for the ages. Such a battle. I remember it being rainy and cold. It was a great day.
Tomorrow will be No. 6 for me. I think only Niki Harding may have me beat for continuity and being there for every game. I would love to hear some of your memories from championship days of the past. Please comment below.

  1. I coached in the 2012 D2 state championship with Viewmont. Although we lost, I never thought I’d coach in such a fun atmosphere again. But then I had the opportunity to coach in the 2015 D1 state championship game with Brighton. That may have been the most intense game I have ever been apart of. It was a heart breaker to see Hannah Hyatt tie the game in under 18 seconds but I believe it was one of the best moments in Utah girls lacrosse and I am glad I got to be a part of it.

  2. 2012 hanging in the press box spotting for Craig Bolerjack as he called the game, and at the same time listening to Walker Bateman and Dan Schmidt commentate for Sports Filmz. That had to be the funniest press box ever. Then a couple years later being able to commentate the games for Sports Filmz with Dan was another fun experience. And I’ll never forget 2005 at Alta HS.

    1. 2005 at Alta High School was the very first lacrosse game I ever attended. It’s a great story, I’ll have to tell it to you sometime.

  3. The 2012 championship games were the best I’ve ever witnessed. Both of the girls games were amazing games decided by one goal. I left for the D2 boys game but came back and saw the scoreboard showing it was a one goal game as well. Then as I watched the D1 Championship game everyone in the stadium knew that that game would be one goal as well. Great memories!

  4. I may be a little biased but I think last years D1 PC vs CC game was one of the best games ever played in Utah. I think me and Mark Davis may talk about that game at least once a month still. Stupid rain !!!

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