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Juan Diego Moves On Since Injuries to Beat Brighton 12-8

Juan Diego - Brighton - Girls Lacrosse

The Brighton Bengals came to town on March 12th, 2013 and walked into Juan Diego with hopes of moving past their season opening loss to Jordan; however, Juan Diego had different plans. With veteran player Markie Wright on the Soaring Eagle side, her teammates did not fear, leading her team to a 12-8 sound victory. With five goals and two assists Markie made it known that she is a force to be noticed by opponents in both conferences. From the very beginning of the game it was obvious that Juan Diego was in control. Many speculated that since Juan Diego star Mara Gronseth went down with a broken thumb in the first game of the season that Juan Diego would struggle to manage; it was clear on Tuesday evening that this team is well coached and works hard together. One can only wonder what this Soaring Eagle squad will be able to do with Mara back.

Juan Diego - Brighton - Girls Lacrosse
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“Our girls were very scrappy in the midfield and I thought we never lost our momentum from the beginning of the game” Coach Megan Goodhand said after the game. “We had a rough week one with injuries but I never had to ask anyone to step up, they just did.”
Brighton tried to close the gap after a 7-4 halftime but during the last ten minutes it was clear that Juan Diego was going to maintain its control of the game. Juan Diego had close to 30 groundballs with their midfield machines of Madeline Mullholand and Ashley Tack supplying many of those groundballs.
Draw control was split with 50% control for both sides. It simply came down to defensive plays, something that has not been a strong suit by either team thus far in the season. Both teams are allowing close to 9 goals a game, an issue that could haunt them once playoffs hit. Brighton is now averaging 5.5 goals/game and allowing 8.5 goals/game. Juan Diego is averaging 10.5 goals/game and allowing 9 goals/game. It will be important to see how both teams do the Gathering of the Tribes Tournament, where they will be given an opportunity to tone their defenses.
Thoughts on the Game:
Juan Diego
: Markie Wright is making a name for herself with fellow teammate Mara out with a broken thumb. New coach Megan Goodhand is creating a fantastic “team first” identity for this team with seven players scoring and multiple assists. It was clearly a team effort with great hustle. Juan Diego needs to tighten up their defense in order to advance further in the standings. I predict the Juan Diego vs Jordan game will determine the fourth seed for playoffs. Circle that game ladies, it’s a big one.
Brighton: The Bengals are feeling the growing pains of graduating a large senior class last season. Luckily for them they are in the North Conference and stand a good chance to snag the fourth seed as long as they hold tough against Cache Valley, Judge, and Murray, all winnable games. Coach John Tilley is doing a great job keeping the morale high and once they figure out their defensive issues they should make a turn for the better.

    1. Pretty sure the ULA knows that Murray doesn’t have a team… either that or they forgot to schedule them for any games this year…

  1. I really like the “Thoughts on the Game” section you did at the end of this article. Something I would like to see the other writers for ULN do. Great stuff

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