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Utah Girls Lacrosse Playoffs: First Round Preview

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Editor’s Note: It’s hard to believe, but May is here. That only means one thing in the lacrosse world. PLAYOFFS. Check out our guide to the first round matchups for the 2019 Utah Girls Lacrosse Playoffs, courtesy of former UTGL commissioner Andrew Davies.

2019 Utah Girls Lacrosse Playoffs, Division I — Tuesday, May 7

#12 Alta (6-6) at #5 Riverton (11-1)

2019 matchup – Riverton defeated Alta 12-6 at Riverton on May 3rd.

Common Opponents:

  • Herriman def Riverton 20-5, Herriman def Alta 19-1
  • Riverton def Waterford 13-12, Waterford def Alta 16-7
  • Riverton def Bingham 10-5, Bingham def Alta 6-4
  • Riverton def Olympus 16-11, Olympus def Alta 15-6
  • Riverton def Corner Canyon 11-6, Alta def Corner Canyon 10-7
  • Riverton def Jordan 15-7, Alta def Jordan 8-5
  • Riverton def Copper Hills 17-2, Alta def Copper Hills 15-5

Key Players

  • Riverton
    • Rachel Jenson (41 goals, 5 assists, 25 ground balls.
    • Ali Fullmer (29 goals, 13 assists, 21 caused turnovers, 61 draw controls)
    • Logan Cook (23 goals, 19 assists, 68% draw percentage, 30 draw controls)
  • Alta
    • Majena Horoba (27 goals, 7 assists, 8 caused turnovers)
    • Cali Ann McDermott (9 goals, 24 ground balls, 26 draw controls)
    • Marley Webster (9 goals, 23 ground balls, 7 caused turnovers, 57% draw percentage)

Key Stats

  • Riverton
    • Shooting % – 53.9%
    • Draw % – 65.3%
    • Save % – 36.6%
  • Alta
    • Shooting % – 46.4%
    • Draw % – 42.4%
    • Save % – 45.9%

Comments:

This game will be a rematch of the game played last Friday where Riverton defeated Alta 12-6.  Alta will hope for a different outcome as Riverton dominated last week’s game in most statistical categories.  Riverton took 29 shots to Alta’s 16, Riverton picked up 25 ground balls to Alta’s 15, and Riverton controlled the draw with a 70% draw percentage.  The advantage Alta does have is at goalie. Alta’s Peighton Kimble has a 48.4 save percentage on the season while Riverton’s Madalyn Gehrke comes in with a 36.6% save percentage.  If Alta can find a way to win the draw, not turnover the ball, and get their offense going, they have a chance. Otherwise, it will be Riverton moving on to a Utah girls lacrosse playoffs quarterfinal.

 

#11 Timpview (9-3) at #6 Viewmont (9-3)

2019 matchup – None

Common Opponents:

  • American Fork def Viewmont 12-8, American Fork def Timpview 16-6
  • Viewmont def Lone Peak 16-9, Lone Peak def Timpview 17-5
  • Viewmont def Weber 16-6, Timpview def Weber 10-5
  • Viewmont def Davis 21-2, Timpview def Davis 16-8
  • Viewmont def Judge Memorial 20-1, Timpview def Judge Memorial 14-5
  • Viewmont def Woods Cross 22-3, Timpview def Woods Cross 15-4

Key Players

  • Viewmont
    • Danni Westerman (47 goals, 20 assists, 42 ground balls, 80 Draw Controls)
    • Kenadee Hatch (37 goals, 66 assists, 44 ground balls)
    • Hallie Clark (21 goals, 15 assists, 48 draw controls)
  • Timpview
    • Olivia Gallman (50 goals, 10 assists, 31 ground balls)
    • Lilli Holmberg (32 goals, 13 assists, 33 ground balls)
    • Ellie Pope (18 goals, 53 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers, 35 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Viewmont
    • Shooting % – 60.1%
    • Draw % – 60.8%
    • Save % – 36.2%
  • Timpview
    • Shooting % – 51.4%
    • Draw % – 51.8%
    • Save % – 51.2%

Comments:

Timpview made big jump this year all the way from a 10th seed in Division II last year, to a #11 seed in Division I this year.  This is an improvement in their seeding of 11 places. The downside for Timpview is that they are not well-tested against Division I teams as they have only played two DI teams this year and lost by 10 goals in both of the games.  Viewmont on the other hand has been well tested as this is their third straight year in the Division I playoffs. Viewmont however, was the 6th seed last year and was upset in the first round to Juan Diego.  Viewmont will have to remain focused and not overlook Timpview if they would like to move in to the quarterfinals.

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Photo: Betsey Bowen / Utah Lacrosse News

#10 Lone Peak (6-6) vs #7 Bingham Miners (8-4)

2019 matchup – Bingham defeated Lone Peak 9-8 at Lone Peak on May 3rd.

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Bingham 13-5, Park City def Lone Peak 17-7
  • Herriman def Bingham 16-4, Herriman def Lone Peak 21-2
  • American Fork def Bingham 14-6, American Fork def Lone Peak 16-7
  • Bingham def Alta 6-4, Lone Peak def Alta 13-8
  • Bingham def Jordan 12-2, Lone Peak def Jordan 15-6

Key Players

  • Bingham
    • Ellie Scharman (19 goals, 6 assists, 43 ground balls)
    • Rachel Powell (17 goals, 32 ground balls)
    • Abigail Degn (10 goals, 10 assists, 38 ground balls, 43 draw controls)
  • Lone Peak
    • Brooke Galbraith (25 goals, 10 assists, 54 draw controls)
    • Amelia Williams (25 goals, 10 assists, 23 draw controls)
    • Monet Winger (19 goals, 18 assists, 63 ground balls, 43 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Bingham
    • Shooting % – 48.9%
    • Draw % – 51.5%
    • Save % – 53.4%
  • Lone Peak
    • Shooting % – 47.6%
    • Draw % – 51.4%
    • Save % – 34.2%

Comments:

Bingham and Lone Peak just played each other last Friday in an epic game in which Bingham won by just one goal.  Bingham held the lead in the first half, but Lone Peak surged back in the second half. After Lone Peak closed gap to just one goal, Bingham won the last draw and was able to run a stall to win the game.  Lone Peak actually took more shots than Bingham in the game, but it was the goalie play by Bingham that made the difference. In splitting time in goal, both Paige Barney and Beverly Jones saved well over 50% of the Lone Peak shots for a combined 63.6% save percentage.  We are all in for a treat as it is rare for two top teams to have a rematch so soon. The difference in the game will be which team can make the adjustments from their last game to come out victorious.

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Photo: Betsey Bowen / Utah Lacrosse News

#9 Brighton (8-4) at #8 Olympus (7-5)

2019 matchup – Olympus defeated Brighton 20-8 at Olympus on April 11th.

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Olympus 17-8, Park City def Brighton 14-0
  • Waterford def Olympus 11-9, Waterford def Brighton 14-10
  • Olympus def Alta 15-6, Alta def Brighton 10-9
  • Olympus def Skyline 12-10, Brighton def Skyline 10-8
  • Olympus def Juan Diego 16-5, Brighton def Juan Diego 11-9
  • Olympus def Davis 14-4, Brighton def Davis 14-4

Key Players

  • Olympus
    • Alissa Johnson (43 goals, 15 assists, 61 draw controls)
    • Tatum Meier (31 goals, 51 assists, 41 ground balls, 66 Draw Controls)
    • Roxi Crandall (26 goals, 6 assists)
  • Brighton
    • Haley Taylor (34 goals, 31 ground balls, 44 draw controls)
    • Grace Rappl (25 goals, 34 ground balls, 20 draw controls)
    • Paige Sieverts (17 goals, 19 ground balls, 20 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Olympus
    • Shooting % – 59.4%
    • Draw % – 53.0%
    • Save % – 29.1%
  • Brighton
    • Shooting % – 53.3%
    • Draw % – 54.8%
    • Save % – 32.24%

Comments:

After a close first half in their April 11th matchup, Olympus blew out Brighton in the second half to take a 20-8 victory and give Olympus their largest margin of victory on the season.  Olympus is known to rely on their three top scores, but in this game, they had 10 different girls score. Meredith Clark was the unsung hero as she scored 5 goals in this game.  Clark did not have another game this season in which she scored more than one goal. Despite their lopsided victory, Olympus cannot come out complacent as Brighton is a strong team and will try to prove that they are far more competitive than their last game.

Division II — Wednesday May 8th

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Photo: Betsey Bowen / Utah Lacrosse News

#12 West Jordan (4-8) at #5 Pleasant Grove (7-5)

2019 matchup – None

Common Opponents:

  • Pleasant Grove def Timpview 12-11, Timpview def West Jordan 5-16
  • Skyline def Pleasant Grove 17-12, Skyline def West Jordan 17-8
  • Pleasant Grove def Lehi 10-7, Lehi def West Jordan (13-4
  • Pleasant Grove def Copper Hills 9-7, Copper Hills def West Jordan 13-9
  • Pleasant Grove def Timpanogos 9-7, West Jordan def Timpanogos 13-7
  • Pleasant Grove def Wasatch 13-2, West Jordan def Wasatch 13-6

Key Players

  • Pleasant Grove
    • Adelyn Berg (24 goals, 5 assists, 19 ground balls)
    • Sophia Nielsen (19 goals, 29 ground balls)
    • Vera Kniffen (89 saves on 152 shots on goal, 58.6% save percentage)
  • West Jordan
    • Camille Henderson (36 goals, 36 ground balls, 54 draw controls)
    • Aspen Hunter (34 goals, 12 assists, 21 ground balls)
    • Kenzi Winget (34 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers, 19 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Pleasant Grove
    • Shooting % – 51.3%
    • Draw % – 42.9%
    • Save % – 58.6%
  • West Jordan
    • Shooting % – 44.0%
    • Draw % – 44.8%
    • Save % – 34.2%

Comments:

Pleasant Grove and West Jordan did not play each other this year.  The last time these two teams met was on March 19, 2018, when West Jordan defeated Pleasant Grove 9-6.  West Jordan’s Camille Henderson is the only current player from either team who scored a goal in last year’s game.  Pleasant Grove started the season strong with a 5-2 record including a victory over Timpview who is playing in the Utah girls lacrosse playoffs in the Division I bracket. However, Pleasant Grove faded down the stretch as they only won 2 of their last 5 games. Pleasant Grove has they better shooting % and save %, but has struggled winning the draw.  

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Photo: Betsey Bowen / Utah Lacrosse News

#11 Copper Hills (3-9) at #6 Lehi (WSL) (6-6)

2019 matchup – None

Common Opponents:

  • Waterford def Lehi 14-7, Waterford def Copper Hills 15-3
  • Brighton def Lehi 12-9, Brighton def Copper Hills 16-7
  • Alta def Lehi 7-6, Alta def Copper Hills 15-5
  • Juan Diego def Lehi 20-8, Juan Diego def Copper Hills 9-7
  • Lehi def West Jordan 13-4, Copper Hills def West Jordan 13-9

Key Players

  • Lehi
    • River Buechner (26 goals, 30 ground balls, 38 draw controls)
    • Eliza Jorgensen (25 goals, 13 assists, 20 ground balls)
    • Lauren Ackerman (22 goals, 21 ground balls, 18 draw controls)
  • Copper Hills
    • Payton Keller (32 goals, 26 ground balls, 11 draw controls)
    • Allie Reiser (37 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers, 39 draw controls)
    • Sarah Bailey (6 goals, 19 ground balls, 24 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Lehi
    • Shooting % – 55.7%
    • Draw % – 54.3%
    • Save % – 48.3%
  • Copper Hills
    • Shooting % – 39.5%
    • Draw % – 36.7%
    • Save % – 36.5%

Comments:

The last time Lehi and Copper Hills met was way back in April 2016 where Copper Hills defeated Lehi 14-8.  Lehi has a balanced attack with 4 players averaging over 2 goals a game. On the defensive end, Lehi’s Zoe Schwartz has the second most saves and is one of the league leaders in save percentage.  Lehi will be challenged by Copper Hill’s Payton Keller and Allie Reiser. Keller and Reiser are strong players on both side of the ball whether it be scoring, securing a ground ball or causing a turnover.  

 

#10 Fremont (6-6) vs #7 Weber (5-7)

2019 matchup – Weber defeated Fremont 7-4 at Weber on May 3rd

Common Opponents:

  • Weber def Sky View 17-4, Fremont def Sky View 9-6
  • Weber def Mountain Crest 13-2, Fremont def Mountain Crest 11-10
  • Weber def Box Elder 16-3, Fremont def Box Elder 12-10
  • Weber def Ridgeline 14-1, Fremont def Ridgeline 14-6

Key Players

  • Weber
    • Hannah Rands (19 goals, 20 assists, 27 ground balls)
    • Jordan Williams (17 goals, 18 ground balls)
    • Cambree Andersen (7 goals, 41 ground balls, 23 draw controls)
  • Fremont
    • Madalyn DeGarlais (50 goals, 70 ground balls, 51 draw controls)
    • Kylee Hodgson (30 goals, 68 ground balls, 82 draw controls)
    • Brinley Huddleston (3 goals, 28 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Weber
    • Shooting % – 47.2%
    • Draw % – 41.8%
    • Save % – 30.5%
  • Fremont
    • Shooting % – 45.4%
    • Draw % – 62.4%
    • Save % – 34.9%

Comments:

Weber and Fremont played last Friday with Weber being victorious 7-4.  As a first year team, with many first year players, Fremont has exceeded expectations.  Fremont started the season 6-3 before falling in their final 3 games. This has been a rebuilding year for Weber.  Last year, Weber finished ranked #5 in Division I losing in a Utah girls lacrosse playoffs quarterfinal to Lone Peak by just one goal. With much of their varsity team graduating last year, Weber has taken their lumps on their way to a 5-7 record.  

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Photo: Betsey Bowen / Utah Lacrosse News

#9 Davis (4-8) at #8 Jordan (3-9)

2019 matchup – None

Common Opponents:

  • Riverton def Jordan 15-7, Riverton def Davis 19-2
  • Skyline def Jordan 13-6, Skyline def Davis 10-8
  • Corner Canyon def Jordan 12-7, Corner Canyon def Davis 13-6
  • Jordan def Pleasant Grove 8-4, Pleasant Grove def Davis 10-9

Key Players

  • Jordan
    • Maya Thayne (15 goals, 21 ground balls, 15 draw controls)
    • Halli Thompson (12 goals, 36 ground balls, 21 draw controls)
    • Lexi Burns (55 Ground Balls, 22 draw controls)
  • Davis
    • Sam Wilkes (23 goals, 9 assists, 19 draw controls)
    • Brooklyn Suttlemyer (18 goals, 17 ground balls)
    • Kalli Vohs (14 goals, 11 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Jordan
    • Shooting % – 45.2%
    • Draw % – 37.6%
    • Save % – 37.4%
  • Davis
    • Shooting % – 50.6%
    • Draw % – 33.6%
    • Save % – 38.4%

Comments:

Jordan and Davis played last year in the Utah Girls Lacrosse Playoffs Division II Championship game with Jordan being crowned champions after their 15-8 victory.  Both teams has had to rebuild this year as they lost a number of players to graduation, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Jordan may be the sleeper in the Division II playoffs this year as they come in with just a 3-9 record, however, Jordan has played the 4th toughest strength of schedule.  In fact, Jordan’s only 3 wins have come against Pleasant Grove, Lehi, and Weber; the three teams ranked just above them.  Davis has won some close games and lost some close games this season. Often times, it is the team’s ability to gain possession that makes the difference in the game.  Both Jordan and Davis has struggled with the draw control this year with Jordan winning the draw 37.6% of the time while Davis has a draw Percentage of 33.6%. This game may come down to which team does better in securing possession off the draw.

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