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West Snaps 44 Game Losing Streak With Victory Over Wasatch

West LogoIt was a game without any playoff implications. It was a game that was not on most lacrosse fans radar. It was a game that was easily overlooked on the schedule. However, it was a game that the Wasatch Wasps and the West Panthers had circled on their calendar.
The last time the West won a varsity lacrosse game was on April 23rd, 2012. They were on a 44 game losing streak entering the game. After suffering a close loss to Timpanogos a few weeks ago, they knew their best chance at snapping the streak would come at home against Wasatch on Tuesday.
Wasatch is a first year team who, despite coming into the game with a 1-9 record, can make an argument that they have overachieved. This is the Wasps first season fielding a team. Only two of their varsity players had played a lacrosse game prior to this season. Despite their inexperience, they won a fantastic overtime game against Sky View and have shown their heart and dedication by being competitive in other games this season.
Both teams know that there is much more to lacrosse than wins and losses, however, they both knew a victory in the last week of the season would leave a good taste in their mouths heading into the off season.
West scored first on a fast break goal by Lexie Bingman. Wasatch quickly answered back with two quick goals by Lucy Colton and Anna Walters. West then went on a scoring binge with two goals Belle Ferro, and a goal by Kate Williams and Shae Saysavanh. At this point, the 19’s took over. Number 19 for Wasatch, Madeline Cottle, scored three straight goals to tie the game at 5. Number 19 for West, Kate Williams then scored two quick ones to give West a 7-5 lead. Cottle scored one more goal with 10 seconds left in the half to make it a 7-6 game going into halftime.
West got things rolling to start the second half. Ferro and Williams scored two goals apiece to take an 11-5 lead. Sensing the urgency to climb back into the game, Wasatch came back with 2 goals by Cottle and a goal by Ellie Morris to narrow the lead back to 11-9. Wasatch won the ensuing draw to gain the ball and the momentum with only 2 minutes left. Wasatch played with heart and desire in the last two minutes taking multiple shots on goal but West’s goalie Danielle Delong came up with save after save. After securing a final free position save, West put the game away with one last goal by Williams. Cottle scored one last goal to make the final score 12-10.
West was led by Williams with 6 goals and Ferro with 4 goals. Wasatch was led by Cottle with 5 goals and 2 goals by Colton.
This was a special victory for West as their oldest players were in 8th grade the last time West won a game. West Head Coach Peter Haslam said after the game, “Our girls play the game with passion and integrity.” Haslam has taught his players not to worry about the score. “We play each possession like it is 0-0.”
Wasatch finishes their season playing at Viewmont on Wednesday. West will close their season playing host to Judge on Friday.

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