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Chad’s Corner: Girls Regional Breakdown Week 8

Region 1

1) Weber (7-1)

Since the teams only loss the Warriors have won 5 in a row, with their most recent win against Skyline. Weber is second in goals allowed this year only giving up 5.29 on average and fourth in scoring putting in 14.5 a game. Home games will be the key to playoff seed and easier road to the trophy.

2) Roy (6-2)

The Royals will have a home game vs Davis Thursday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. The Royals despite the winning record find themselves in almost a must win situation as the season closes in on them. It would be weird to see a 7 or 8 win team miss the playoffs. But as of right now they’re on the bubble.

3) Davis (4-3)

The Darts play on the road at Roy Thursday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. Davis has played some good teams to the wire in all but one game so far this season. They can bet on a playoff appearance and a DII playoff game. And more than likely a move up from 18th spot before it’s all over, too.

4) Mountain Crest (2-5)

The Mustangs play Friday, April 20th at 5:30 p.m. at home versus Herriman. Mountain Crest played hard this year and has some good players who can come back next year after being better exposed to Varsity lacrosse.Holding on to the last spot will be tough but a strong showing to end the regular season could be just enough to get into the postseason.

5) Sky View (0-6)

The Bobcats play Friday, April 20th at 5:00 p.m. at home versus West Jordan. Skyview will need to dig deep. But with 5 games left and the team showing they can put up points it’s not impossible at all, in fact they could snag two.

Region 2

1) Park City (7-0)

Park City plays Corner Canyon at home Friday, April 20th at 6:15 p.m. in a showdown of top 10 teams as the Miners gear up for what looks like a deep playoff run. Park City has outscored teams 103 to 26. They are the only team in the league to hold other teams to under 30 goals allowed the entire season through 7 games. We will see the defense challenged more as the playoffs approach but the offense should start to show more and challenge other defenses, too. The next few weeks will tell us all we need to know about the Miners.

2) Viewmont (6-4)

Viewmont has played a tough schedule and will be prepared for playoff time. Seeding will be a huge factor for them. Right now they are a sixth seed. They can expect that to be challenged.

3) Woods Cross (4-4)

The Wildcats play Friday, April 20th at Box Elder at 5:00 p.m. Right now, Woods Cross can expect to play on the road in the DII playoffs with the 20th spot in the ranking. I expect them to be 7-4, so that will definitely change.

4) Olympus (3-6)

Last years DII champs have had a bumpy road so far. They have some D1 level players and the coaches know that under the conditions they have faced so far they couldn’t play their best lacrosse. Now as the playoffs approach can Olympus find their stride.

5) West (2-6)

West plays at Timpanogos on Friday, April 20th at 5:00 p.m. The Panthers have some young talented players who show a lot of promise. If they can develop some polished skills in the off season this team could be in the hunt next year at this time.

6) Judge Memorial (2-7)

The Bulldogs play a home game Thursday, April 19th against Jordan at 5:30 p.m. After graduating most of last year’s impressive team Judge responded with some underclassmen who showed some promise. After playing some close games, the Bulldogs close out the 2018 campaign out of the playoffs. However, look for them to make an impact next season.

7) Skyline (1-7)

The Eagles had a big game last week scoring 16 goals in their first win of the season. That win gives them a big boost in R.P.I. ranking and keeps them in the DII hunt. Can they keep it rolling after finding some offense?

Region 3

1) Herriman (7-1)

The Mustangs have rolled teams so far this year leading the league with 133 goals scored and averaging 19 points a game. It’s going to be hard for teams to keep up with them and maybe even harder to slow them down.

2) Jordan (7-1)

The Beetdiggers play at Judge on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. They are a team who needs to win out if they want to control their DI playoff spot. The Beetdiggers can end up 10-1 and play road games in the D1 playoffs.

3) Riverton (6-1)

The Silverwolves top-10 strength of schedule should keep them in D1 hunt. Silverwolves have shown some good team chemistry in wins. All they need is a third scoring threat to really be the big bad wolves in the playoffs.

4) West Jordan (5-4)

The Jaguars will be a top seeded D2 team that showed early it will put up points. After getting knocked around a bit we will see if the team has the grit to be champs.

5) Bingham (4-4)

Bingham plays at Ridgeline on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. The Miners have strung together nice little win steak. Bingham has a schedule that can build up to a huge Weber game with serious playoff implications involved. I know it’s one game at a time but the writing is on the wall.

6) Copper Hills (3-6)

The Grizzlies have played the hardest UTGL league schedule possible this year. They played all but three games against Division I ranked teams. Don’t fall for the 3-6 record this team can bear down on opponents in the playoffs. Currently the fourth seed in Divison II, Copper Hills will be battled tested for playoff action.

Region 4

1) Alta (7-2)

Alta next plays on Tuesday, April 24th at Timpanogos at 5:00 p.m. Since losing a close game to Jordan way back in March, Alta has been playing some good lacrosse. With three games left they could move up the ranks and have home field advantage or be the upset favorites early if they stay in the bottom of Division I ranking.

2) Corner Canyon (5-3)

The Chargers could call themselves challengers this year playing the third hardest schedule in the league. Corner Canyon will most likely not end up moving higher than the No. 8 spot in the Division rankings. They can bank on a tough schedule keeping them in the upper playoff bracket.

3) Juan Diego (4-5) 

Three games left and the the Soaring Eagle find themselves a team on the cusp. Only a few decimal point are keeping them from moving into D1. This year everything will come down to last game of the year to determine how high the Eagle flies.

4) Waterford (4-4)

The Ravens’ next game is at home Tuesday, April 24th at 5:30 p.m. The Ravens will need to defend the nest to close out the year and finish with winning records in back to back seasons. That’s something they’ve never done before. Somebody get Meyer some water.

5) Brighton (1-6)

The Bengals play at American Fork on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:00 p.m. The Bengals seem to struggle at the draw. They don’t have a player winning over 33%. It could be they played the second hardest schedule in 2018 and have faced the league best. Right now that strength of schedule has them almost certainly locked in a lower Division II spot despite only one win.

6) Lehi (2-3)

Lehi plays at home on Wednesday April 18th versus Corner Canyon at 5:30 p.m. The Pioneers need to get back to their early season form and put up some points at home, then during their four game journey on the road. Lehi is a team the can take it from being just barely out to just barley in with some late season road wins.

Region 5

1) Lone Peak (7-1)

Their next game is on the road at Wasatch Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. After a tough loss Lone Peak will look to improve and make it to 10-1 with time to fix what was exposed against Park City. The Knights will look to find ways to keep history from repeating itself and get back in the saddle in time for a deep ride into the DI playoffs.

2) American Fork (7-1)

American Fork has blasted teams since a one goal loss. Maybe it was the fire they needed to burn other teams for 126 goals, good for third most in the league while holding them to 47 scored before their game against Herriman on Wednesday. The Cavemen are a scary playoff opponent.  A team who could be under the radar and able to grind its way through other teams.

3) Pleasant Grove (4-4)

Pleasant Grove’s next game is at Timpview on Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Vikings can find a way to lock themselves into the Division II playoffs with a win over Timpview. The rest of their schedule is brutal. Vikings are hoping they can weather the storm and draw a good first round matchup.

4) Timpview (3-5)

Timpview’s next game home is Thursday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. The Thunderbirds have a great chance to pick up some wins over the next few weeks. If they can flock together and keep the ball bouncing on their offensive end it could mean locking up a postseason berth.

5) Wasatch (3-5)

The Wasps play at home on Thursday, April 19th versus Lone Peak at 6:00 p.m. The Wasps will have a few more chances to bring their record up with some road games to close out 2018. The lowest strength of schedule in the league spells doom for a tough, hard-fighting team for any postseason dreams.

6) Timpanogos (2-7)

Their next game is at home on Friday, April 20th versus West at 5:00 p.m. The Timberwolves have three games left to try and take a bite out of the competition to try to make it in the Division II race, but I don’t think a 3-0 finish would be enough or possible at this point. I’m positive they will try to prove me wrong.

Independents

Box Elder (2-5)

The Bees play at home Friday, April 20th versus Woods Cross at 5:00 p.m. Box Elder probably won’t make the playoffs in their first year and the ride isn’t quite over. But the team did accomplish winning some games and has a chance to get some more.

Ridgeline 1-7

Ridgeline plays at home versus Bingham on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. The River Hawks got that first win. A win like that for a first year program can bring so much happiness to more than just the players and coaches. I’m sure that parents felt it, too. Congrats Ridgeline.

 

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