Six teams from across Utah, Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming came to the beautiful University of Utah campus for the Salt Lake Classic which, at the end of the first night, had Utah State winning both their games, and Utah Valley losing 20-2 in the only other game of the night against the University of Utah.
Through the snow, wind, and unseasonably cold temperatures, these girls came out and played three solid games, helping everybody get through the hail that pelleted the girls and fans in attendance.
|UVU v. USU – USU 14-12|
|UVU @ Utah – Utah 21-2|
|Mines v. USU – USU 13-8|
|UVU v. Boise State – BSU 9-6|
|Boise State v. Utah – Utah 19-0|
|Mines v. UVU – Mines 12-8|
|Utah v. Wyoming – Utah 19-0|
|USU v. Boise State – USU 7-6|
|UVU v. Wyoming – UVU 11-9|
|Boise State v. Wyoming – Wyo 7-5|
|Utah v. Mines – Utah 16-4|
|Boise State v. Mines – BSU 12-9|
For the first game, Utah Valley faced Utah State in what turned out to be a great test for both teams; but had Utah State coming out on top, 14-11. After Utah State started the game coach-less and starting goalie-less, they were going up against a team who was down a player halfway through the first half, and continued to be plagued by injuries throughout the game.
“The girls didn’t want to give up on each other. We played this team a couple of weeks ago and only came up by one, we didn’t want that to happen again,” said USU Assistant Coach Shane Callihan.
But Utah Valley wasn’t going to give them the win, they were going to fight till the last horn. With the Lady Wolverines going into the half down, they came into the second half and really played a lot better than the Aggies for a lot of the half.
The Lady Wolverines pushed forward and took advantage of a team who “…was just getting burned out, they lost their energy and lost their focus. But it was still a team with a lot of fight inside them… They all stand by each other; they didn’t want to give up on each other,” said Callihan.
So after a second half that consisted of ups and downs for both teams, the deficit UVU was in the whole game just seemed to be too much to overcome.
The second game of the night had the same Utah Valley team who just played their hearts out, going up against the No. 1 Utah Utes. Through the Lady Wolverines grit and determination, they played less than an hour after their first game.
Their fatigued showed.
The whole game had the Utes of Utah showing their dominance and kept all the other teams on notice. With goals seeming to come faster than the wind that was blowing, it never really seemed that UVU had a chance in this one.
UVU was down players, they were injured, and really just not on the same level as Utah was.
For the third and final game of the night, the Ladies of Utah State played host to the ladies from The Colorado School of Mines for their first game of the tournament. With hail and wind pouring down, the ladies played through some pretty bad conditions.
Goalie play by Freshman Amy Reid was also light years better for the Aggies. She went into the game wanting to prove to herself, and prove to the fans that came out that her first game was a fluke. Starting the game out with four solid goalie saves, it really set the tempo for the rest of the team for the game.
Freshman Shayna Hunt came out for the Aggies all night and gave her all before she leaves for her LDS mission on Wednesday.
“We overall played better as a team but we really need to work on moving the ball more,” said Hunt. “Our passing and catching were good, though.”
Weather conditions improved greatly on Saturday and really set the stage for a great day of lacrosse for the seven games that took place.
Of those seven games, the fans in attendance learned something: The University of Utah is good, really good.
With wins coming in with margins of victory averaging well over 10 goals, they came out and showed that they would not go down easily in their home tournament. The Ute Women’s Lacrosse team finished the weekend with a +69 goal differential.
Utah State also came out and turned some heads this weekend. Winning all four of their games in this tournament, they now stand 5-0 for the season.
Utah Valley fought through this weekend struggling with injuries. They definitely played with all they had, but being down a player really makes it hard for any team to consistently play well.
As for the out of state teams in Boise State, Colorado College of the Mines, and Wyoming, they all had their ups and downs.
From being clobbered by Utah, to playing tooth and nail kind of games, the girls traveled out here to Utah and really made this tournament fun for everyone.