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Roy Takes Home Girls D-II Title

The Roy Royals (13-2) defeated the Copper Hills Grizzlies (14-1), 8-7, on Saturday morning at Corner Canyon High School in Draper to claim the Girls D-II title.
Roy won the opening draw and settled into their offense which led to Roy attack Megan Lloyd finding Brittany Talbot who buried the ball in the back of the net. Copper Hills then went on a three goal run with goals by Madalyn Huber and two free position goals by Hannah Corbett to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead midway through the first half. Copper Hills goalie Nikki Holbrook made a great one-on-one save at the 6:50 mark to keep the Grizzlies lead at 3 goals. The Grizzlies extended their lead at the 4:55 mark when Maddie Keller found space on the wing after driving through the middle. Keller picked her shot and nailed it to make the score 4-1 for Copper Hills.
Just as the game was getting away from Roy, the Royals fought back and scored two goals, one by Stevens and one by Madison Geilmann. Copper Hills will take a 4-3 lead into halftime.
After the break, Roy scored first to level the game at 4 when Bree Bodle converted a free position opportunity. The Grizzlies scored next when the ball was deflected into the net off a feed to the middle, making the score 5-4 for the Grizzlies.
Roy leveled at the 11:05 mark when Bree Bodle found Madisyn Stevens on the crease who buried into the near netting. Copper Hills returned the favor three minutes later when Brenlee Fordham spun through the defense and bounced it in. The Royals tied the game with 2:55 on a free position shot by Madisyn Stevens.
Copper Hills answered with a great pass from Fordham on the wing who found Mercedes Kent cutting down the middle. Kent bounced it in to give the Grizzlies a 7-6 lead with 1:33 left in the game.
Roy won the draw and Stevens drew a penalty and converted the free position opportunity to tie the game. Roy then won the next draw and again drew a penalty for a free position goal. Bodle converted the goal which was all the Royals needed to take home the title.
“It feels amazing. These girls have worked so hard,” said Roy head coach John McCain. “It’s only going to help our program grow and build excitement for girls lacrosse in Northern Utah. We scored the first goal and the last two and that’s all that matters in a back and forth game.”
Roy was led by Stevens who had 4 goals. Bodle finished with 2 goals and 1 assist and was named the Players Bench Player of the Game.
“We honestly started from the bottom, we won just one game our fist year, and we put in a ton of hard work,” said Bodle. “No body sees Roy being a good team in any sport so it’s nice to win this for our school.”
Copper Hills won 11 of 17 draws but Roy won the last two which gave them the opportunities they needed to get goals and win the game. Holbrook finished with 9 saves for the Grizzlies including several one-on-one and free positions stops. Roy goalie Kennadi Varnell had 6 saves for the Royals.

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