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Utah Girls Lacrosse Quarterfinals – DI, Thursday, May 9

#5 Riverton (11-1) at #4 American Fork

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Riverton:  After going 11-1 in the regular season and getting a #5 seed, Riverton defeated Alta 10-7 in the first round.  It took two days for Riverton to defeat Alta as their game on Tuesday was suspended due to lightning after only 10 minutes of play.  The game resumed yesterday with Riverton taking an 8-3 lead at halftime. Alta played courageously in the second half but was not able to overcome their deficit. Rachel Jenson led the way for Riverton with 4 goals and an assist.  Autumn Engstrom came up big for Alta with 3 goals.
  • American Fork:  American Fork received a #4 seed and a first round bye.  American Fork went 10-2 on the season with their only losses being by 3 goals to #1 Park City and by 5 goals to #2 Herriman.  

 

Common Opponents:

  • Herriman def American Fork 19-14, Herriman def Riverton 20-5
  • American Fork def Bingham 14-6, Riverton def Bingham 10-5
  • American Fork def Corner Canyon 16-12, Riverton def Corner Canyon 11-6
  • American Fork def Copper Hills 19-2, Riverton def Copper Hills 17-2

Key Players

  • American Fork
    • Portia Card (64 goals, 35 assists, 43 draw controls)
    • Mallorie Van Woerkom (43 goals, 24 assists, 80 draw controls)
    • Madison McMurray (40 goals, 18 assists, 22 draw controls)
  • 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)

Key Stats

  • American Fork
    • Shooting % – 63.3%
    • Draw % – 74.1%
    • Save % – 50.6%
  • Riverton
    • Shooting % – 53.9%
    • Draw % – 65.3%
    • Save % – 36.6%

Comments:

These two teams have not played since 2017 when American Fork defeated Riverton 9-6.  American Fork’s Malorie Van Woerkom scored a goal as a sophomore in that 2017 matchup while Riverton’s Logan Cook scored a goal as a freshman.  Both teams rely on their high scoring offense as American Fork has scored 15.8 goals a game while Riverton has scored 15.1 goals per game in the regular season.  American Fork goalie Sierra Savage may be the deciding factor in this game, just as she has been in many games this season. Savage was the All-State first team goalie last year and is having another impressive season.  If Riverton can find a way to get past Savage, they stand a great chance to win the game. If Savage has her way in the cage, it will be American Fork moving on to the Semi-Finals.

#6 Viewmont (10-3) at #3 Waterford (10-2)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Viewmont:  Viewmont went 9-3 in the regular season with their only losses coming to #1 Park City, #2 Herriman, and #4 American Fork.  Viewmont had no problem getting past #11 Timpview in the first round of the playoffs as they won 16-3. Danni Westerman and Kenade Hatch had fantastic games as they both scored 4 goals and had 2 assists each.   Also having huge games as Viewmont’s goalies Rebekah Bargeron and Hannah Birth who combined for 20 saves with a remarkable 83% save percentage.
  • Waterford:  Waterford came out of the gates strong this year and has not looked back in route to a 10-2 record with their only losses being to #1 Park City and an overtime loss to #5 Riverton.  Waterford is a young team who lack experience at the Division I level, but that hasn’t stopped them from beating quality opponents throughout the season.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Waterford 16-6, Park City def Viewmont 16-7
  • Waterford def Olympus 11-9, Viewmont def Olympus 13-10
  • Waterford def West 14-2, Viewmont def West 16-2

Key Players

  • Waterford
    • Jaimeson Meyer (62 goals, 61 ground balls, 74 draw controls)
    • Sarah Child (41 goals, 32 ground balls, 26 draw controls)
    • Sophia Taylor (21 goals, 25 ground balls, 40 draw controls)
  • 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)

Key Stats

  • Waterford
    • Shooting % – 58.1%
    • Draw % – 59.9%
    • Save % – 39.7%
  • Viewmont
    • Shooting % – 60.1%
    • Draw % – 60.8%
    • Save % – 36.2%

Comments:

The last time that Viewmont and Waterford faced each other was way back in 2015.  This is an intriguing matchup of teams with contrasting styles of play. Viewmont is known to share the ball and spread the field.  Viewmont leads the league in assists with an astonishing 66% of their goals assisted. Waterford on the other hand has strong players with the ability to take you 1 on 1.  Most of Waterford’s goals come from isolations and drives. Another contrast is the age and experience of these two teams. Viewmont has been in the Division I playoffs the last three years and relies heavily on their seniors Dani Westerman and Kenadee Hatch.  Waterford is led by sensational sophomores Jaimeson Meyer and Sarah Child experiencing their first taste of Division I playoffs. This will be a great matchup of finesse vs. power and experience vs youth.

 

#10 Lone Peak (7-6) at #2 Herriman (11-1)

2019 matchup – Herriman defeated Lone Peak 21-2 at Herriman on March 26th.

How they got here

 

  • Lone Peak:  Lone Peak has been a top 4 team the last few years and was having a mediocre season according to their recent standards.  Lone Peak was the #10 seed after finishing the season 6-6. Lone Peak defeated Bingham in the first round of the playoffs 13-7.  This game was a rematch of the last game of the season in which Bingham defeated Lone Peak by a single goal. This proves that it is difficult to beat the same team twice.  Mills Williams had 5 goals and Summer Mohowski had 4 goals to lead Lone Peak to victory
  • Herriman:  Herriman has been dominating teams all season in route to an 11-1 record.  Herriman’s only loss was a 4 goal defeat by the hands of #1 Park City. Outside of the Park City game, Herriman has outscored opponents by an average of over 15 goals.  Herriman does it by dominating the draw and a balanced scoring attack. Herriman has 6 players averaging at least 2 points (goals+assists) per game with another 6 players averaging at least 1 point per game.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Herriman 12-8, Park City def Lone Peak 17-7
  • Herriman def American Fork 19-14, American Fork def Lone Peak 16-7
  • Herriman def Viewmont 20-1, Viewmont def Lone Peak 16-9
  • Herriman def Bingham 16-4, Bingham def Lone Peak 9-8
  • Herriman def Alta 19-1, Lone Peak def Alta 13-8
  • Herriman def Corner Canyon 19-2, Corner Canyon def Lone Peak 8-7

Key Players

  • Herriman
    • Logann Eldridge (41 goals, 15 assists, 29 ground balls)
    • Mia Lightfoot (32 goals, 9 assists, 23 ground balls)
    • Aleksa Allen (29 goals, 27 assists, 48 ground balls)
  • 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

  • Herriman
    • Shooting % – 60.1%
    • Draw % – 69.7%
    • Save % – 38.37%
  • Lone Peak
    • Shooting % – 47.6%
    • Draw % – 51.4%
    • Save % – 34.2%

Comments:

Herriman dominated Lone Peak to a 21-2 victory way back on March 26th.  But, Lone Peak has proved that they won’t go down easily.  Herriman should be aware that Lone Peak surprised Bingham by avenging a previous loss and could do the same in this matchup.  If Herriman comes out strong on the draw and pressures the goal as they have all season, Herriman should be moving on to the next round.  If Herriman shows any sign of complacency, Lone Peak is a strong enough team to make them pay.

 

#9 Brighton (9-4) at #1 Park City (12-0)

2019 matchup – Park City defeated Brighton 14-0 at Brighton on March 6th.

How they got here

 

  • Brighton:  After losing to Olympus 20-8 in the regular season, Brighton shocked the Lacrosse world as they defeated Olympus in the first round of the playoffs in convincing fashion.  Brighton built a 13-5 lead and cruised to a 13-9 victory. Addi England lead Brighton’s balanced attack with 3 goals, while four other players had two goals each.
  • Park City:  It is no surprise that Park City finds themselves as the team to beat in this year’s playoffs.  Park City has won the championship the last 5 years in a row and comes into this year’s playoffs as the #1 seed with an undefeated 12-0 record.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Waterford 16-6, Waterford def Brighton 14-10
  • Park City def Olympus 17-8, Olympus def Brighton 20-8 (regular season) Brighton def Olympus 13-9 (playoffs)
  • Park City def Skyline 17-2, Brighton def Skyline 10-8

Key Players

  • Park City
    • Lauren Pederson (40 goals, 35 ground balls, 49 draw controls)
    • Shaye Henderson (23 goals, 19 assists, 42 draw controls)
    • Kendall Keblish (23 goals, 16 ground balls, 23 draw controls)
  • 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

  • Park City
    • Shooting % – 54.1%
    • Draw % – 66.3%
    • Save % – 39.8%
  • Brighton
    • Shooting % – 53.3%
    • Draw % – 54.8%
    • Save % – 32.24%

Comments:

Park City dominated Brighton 14-0 in the first game of the season for both teams.  The score doesn’t tell the whole tale. Brighton had 17 turnovers with only 9 ground balls, only won 2 of the 16 draws, and did not take a single shot in the game.  It was one of the most dominating games that I have witnessed. However, Brighton is a young team and has improved throughout the season. Look for Brighton sophomore’s Haley Taylor and Grace Rappl to lead their team in proving to Park City that they are not pushovers.  While it would take a monumental effort to upset Park City, I expect this game to be much more competitive than their last contest.

Division II, Friday May 10th

#5 Pleasant Grove (8-5) at #4 Juan Diego (6-6)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Pleasant Grove:  With a 7-5 record in the regular season, Pleasant Grove is the #5 seed in the Division II playoffs.  Pleasant Grove defeated West Jordan 16-9 in the first round. Isabelle Steel came up big for Pleasant grove with 5 goals.  Five other players scored two goals each for the balanced Pleasant Grove attack.
  • Juan Diego:  Juan Diego was on the verge of making it to the Division I playoffs, but a loss on the last game of the season pushed Juan Diego back to a #4 seed in Division II.  Juan Diego had a 6-6 record in the regular season and is ranked #4 giving them a first round bye.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Juan Diego def Skyline 12-7, Skyline def Pleasant Grove 17-12
  • Juan Diego def Lehi 20-8, Pleasant Grove def Lehi 10-7
  • Juan Diego def Jordan 12-6, Jordan def Pleasant Grove 8-4
  • Juan Diego def Copper Hills 17-4, Pleasant Grove def Copper Hils 9-7
  • Juan Diego def Judge Memorial 18-5, Pleasant Grove def Judge Memorial 19-6

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)
  • Juan Diego
    • Ryan Stolfa (33 goals, 38 ground balls, 67 draw controls)
    • Alexis Moratalla (32 goals, 39 ground balls, 36 draw controls)
    • Gabby Horner (23 goals, 23 ground balls)

Key Stats

  • Pleasant Grove
    • Shooting % – 51.3%
    • Draw % – 42.9%
    • Save % – 58.6%
  • Juan Diego
    • Shooting % – 61.8%
    • Draw % – 53.2
    • Save % – 33.3%

Comments:

This is quite possibly the first meeting between these two teams (I only researched back to 2011).  While Juan Diego would rather be in the Division I playoffs, but Juan Diego is looking to make some noise in the Division II playoffs.  Juan Diego has had some success in the Division II playoffs as they were crowned champions in 2016. Seniors Ryan Stolfa and Alexis Moratalla were freshman on that team.  Pleasant Grove will have to rely on their fantastic goalie Vera Kniffen. Kniffen leads the league in save percentage at 58.6%.

 

#6 Lehi (WSL) (7-6) at #3 West (9-3)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Lehi:  Lehi started the season 4-1 but faded down the stretch losing 5 of their last 7 games.  However, Lehi was able to right the ship just in time as they defeated Copper Hills 13-5 in the first round matchup.  Goalie Zoe Schwartz had an impressive game with 16 saves for Lehi.
  • West :  After winning just 4 games in the previous three years, West had a fantastic year picking up 9 wins on the season and a #3 seed in the playoffs.  Peter Haslam, the 2017 coach of the year has gotten his team to believe they can win each game they play.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Waterford def West 14-2, Waterford def Lehi 14-7
  • West def Fremont 15-8, Lehi def Fremont 15-4
  • West def Timpanogos 11-3, Lehi def Timpanogos 14-10
  • West def Box Elder 12-8, Lehi def Box Elder 16-5
  • West def Ridgeline 15-4, Lehi def Ridgeline 15-4

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)
  • West
    • Lexie Bingman (41 goals, 13 assists, 83 ground balls)
    • Chloe Cornell (19 goals, 56 ground balls, 51 draw controls)
    • Zoe Williams (16 goals, 48 ground balls, 11 caused turnovers)

Key Stats

 

  • Lehi

 

    • Shooting % – 55.7%
    • Draw % – 54.3%
    • Save % – 48.3%
  • West
    • Shooting % – 47.1%
    • Draw % – 55.07%
    • Save % – 43.4%

Comments:

West defeated Lehi last year by just one goal.  Lexie Bingman scored 5 of the goals for West while Lilly Pearson scored 4 goals for Lehi in last year’s matchup.  This is the first year in many years that West has made the playoffs and will be motivated to pick up a playoff win.  Lehi has a balanced attack with 4 players scoring over one goal a game. This should be a great matchup with both teams hungry to move on to the semi-finals.

 

#7 Weber (5-7) at #2 Corner Canyon (5-7)

2019 matchup – None

How they got here

 

  • Weber:  Weber defeated Fremont 11-6 in their first round matchup.  Both Mary Kate McKinney and Jordan Williams led Weber with 2 goals and an assist each.
  • Corner Canyon:  Corner Canyon had the second most difficult strength of schedule in the league this year and finished the season with a 5-7 record.  Corner Canyon was hoping to move into the Division I playoffs, but had to settle for a #2 seed in the Division II playoffs and a first round bye.

 

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Corner Canyon 11-3, Park City def Weber 21-0
  • American Fork def Corner Canyon 16-12, American Fork def Weber 19-1
  • Viewmont def Corner Canyon 12-7, Viewmont def Weber 13-6
  • Corner Canyon def Jordan 12-7, Jordan def Weber 15-2

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
    • Sofia Chieco (25 goals, 30 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers)
    • MeKiah Muramoto (20 goals, 6 assists, 21 ground balls)
    • Madison Andrews (19 goals, 12 assists, 19 caused turnovers, 50 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Weber
    • Shooting % – 47.2%
    • Draw % – 41.8%
    • Save % – 30.5%
  • Corner Canyon
    • Shooting % – 43.7%
    • Draw % – 51.8%
    • Save % – 38.6%

Comments:

Both of these teams competed in the the Division II playoffs last year making it to the quarterfinals.  This year has been a rebuilding year for both teams as they find themselves in the Division II playoffs.  Corner Canyon has held their own against their Division I opponents with a few close losses as well as a win over #10 Lone Peak.  Madison Andrew’s does it all for Corner Canyon, scoring goals, assisting, causing turnovers, and winning the draw. Corner Canyon will have extra motivation as the championship game will be on their home field.  Weber will have their hands full trying to stop Corner Canyon from moving on to the next round.

 

#8 Jordan (3-9) at #1 Skyline (7-5)

2019 matchup – Skyline defeated Jordan 13-6 at Skyline on May 1st.

Common Opponents:

  • Park City def Skyline 17-2, Park City def Jordan 10-1
  • Waterford def Skyline 14-4, Waterford def Jordan 10-7
  • Juan Deigo def Skyline 12-7, Juan Diego def Jordan 12-6
  • Skyline def Pleasant Grove 17-12, Jordan def Pleasant Grove 8-4
  • Skyline def Weber 11-9, Jordan def Weber 15-2

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)
  • Skyline
    • Maci Thom (30 goals, 27 assists)
    • Ashlee Roberts (27 goals, 12 ground balls)
    • Tessa Frey (23 goals, 50 ground balls, 48 draw controls)

Key Stats

  • Jordan
    • Shooting % – 45.2%
    • Draw % – 37.6%
    • Save % – 37.4%
  • Skyline
    • Shooting % – 57.9%
    • Draw % – 60.2%
    • Save % – 38.0%

Comments:

These two teams are well aware of each other’s strengths as they play each other just about every year.  Jordan won the Division II playoffs last year, but find themselves ranked just 8th this year with a 3-9 record.  Jordan and Skyline played last Wednesday with Skyline defeating Jordan 13-6.  This game was the last game of the season for Skyline, however, Jordan it was sandwiched in a week where they played 5 games due to previous games being called due to weather.  Jordan is hoping the result in the last game was due to fatigue and an inability to prepare for their opponent. Skyline will look to continue to dominate on the draw to be able to control possession of the game.

 

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