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– The brackets are set! Well, there is still one game that determines in the No. 4 seed in the Girls D-II North. Here are the specific playoff pages for each league/class/division. UHSLL A | UHSLL B | UHSLL C | ULA D-I | ULA D-II – Game times for the boys will be updated as they come.

– As with the end of every season, the coaching carousel has begun. The Olympus girls and Pleasant Grove boys are looking for a new head coach. Westlake head coach Steve Nelson has resigned and will be coached by Mitch Francis during the playoffs. Be sure to check out the Job Openings page for more information.

– There was still some great action last week that ended the season on a high note:

– Park City Varsity looked to finish undefeated (in-state) Friday night for the first time in school history against a school they had not beaten since 2005. In the end the Dozier Field scoreboard read PC 13 Brighton 10. In a game that went back and forth for 3 quarters, the Miners finally put away Brighton in the 4th quarter on the back of Freshman Beau Pederson. Pederson (4g 1a) scored 3 of his 4 goals in the final quarter to help put PC up by 5 with 3 minutes to go before Brighton made a late little run to close the gap. The Brighton defense shut-off PC’s leading scorer Kolton Atkinson with one of the top defenders in the state (Bryson Taylor) so the Miners had to find scoring from some unlikely sources and some old reliables. Cole Flinders (2g 1a), Trent Clifford (2g), JJ Pickard (2g), Tucker Mirams (1g 2a), Rhino Smith (1g 1a), and Chad Merrick (1g) all recorded points on the night. Jackson Burton had another 70%+ winning percentage facing-off (18 for 25).  Ian Sime stood strong between the pipes making 11 saves. While the defense had a few breakdowns against the fast paced Brighton attack, Chase Flinders, Tobin Greenwald, Jeff Turner, and Josh Hales turned in strong performances when it counted to seal the win. PC finished the regular season 18-1 (12-0 in-state) and secured the #1 seed for the Class A playoffs that begin this Wednesday.

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BYU Midfielder Jake Arbon

After beating the No. 6 Westminster Griffins in the semifinals, the No. 8 BYU Cougars brought an overall record of 14-4 into the RMLC Div-I championship game, and all four of those losses came by just a single goal each (including a regular-season loss to their championship opponent No. 5 Colorado Buffaloes). History looked dismally down on the Cougars as, with under a minute to play and Colorado up 14-13, the Buffaloes got possession of the ball and looked to run down the clock. But with the Cougar goalie out of the goal and covering a man, the Buffs decided not to go for the throat and instead tried to simply pass the ball around, giving Cougar sophomore defenseman  Harrison Wardle a chance to beautifully snag a pass from the air and regain possession for BYU. The Cougars had several good looks at the cage, but all shots went wide. With just six seconds left on the clock, BYU senior middie Zach Jordan caught the ball on the high wing and sent high heat between the wickets to put the game into overtime.

In the overtime period, the Buffs got the first possession and were able to get several good shots on cage, but BYU’s junior goalie Matt Brandenburg practically stood on his head to send them all away. After the Cougars finally nabbed a possession, a controversial offsides call gave the ball back to the Buffs, and Colorado’s John Clayton ended things with a top shelf shot from the top of the box, handing the Cougars yet another one-goal loss, 15-14.

Steve Nelson

2013-Pleasant-Grove-HelmetThe Pleasant Grove boys lacrosse team is seeking a new head coach after Brae Burbidge resigned to become the Director of Operations for the UVU men’s lacrosse team. Burbidge will remain with the Vikings through the playoffs. The Vikings are 45-28 under Burbidge in 4 seasons. (Read about when Burbidge was hired).

From Pleasant Grove Lacrosse:

Pleasant Grove High School Boys Lacrosse Board announces position for High School Boys Lacrosse Head Coach for the 2015-2016 season.

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Blade Garlow goes to goal against Sky View on Saturday

The Utah State Aggies and Fort Lewis Skyhawks met for the second time this season to determine the RMLC Div-II champion. The first time these teams met, it was a back-and-forth affair that ended with the Aggies on top 12-10; the second meeting looked to be similar with both teams coming into the game undefeated in divisional conference play and almost identical overall records. But the game ended up as unpredictable as the weather in Boulder where it was played: a close first quarter, a seven-goal lead in the second, an hour-long lightning delay and lead cut to three in the second half, and an eventual blowout that didn’t indicate how close the game truly was all contributed to Utah State hoisting the RMLC championship trophy and reveling in a 19-9 victory.

“It feels fantastic!” said Utah State head coach Jon Atwood, “It was really scary for a minute there in the third quarter – the score doesn’t necessarily reflect how close it was. We have been talking about a championship the entire season…Utah State has never been as disciplined as we are right now.”

Steve Nelson

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Westminster Griffins LacrosseBOULDER, Colo. – The No. 6 Westminster men’s lacrosse team saw its quest for its first Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Division I Tournament title fall short with a 12-11 loss to No. 8 Brigham Young late Friday night at Kittredge Field.

Westminster (9-5) was the tournament’s top seed after winning the regular season title. Brigham Young (14-4) entered as the No. 4 seed.

Friday’s game was level at 3-3 when the game hit halftime. The team then traded goals early in the second half and with 8:14 to play in the third quarter, each team had six goals. BYU then scored four straight goals and six of the next seven to hold a 12-7 advantage with 11:42 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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There are still a handful of games to play that will have an effect on standings in each division.

Division I
North – There are two games left in the North, Park City v. Jordan today and Jordan v. Cache Valley on May 4. If Jordan beats Park City and also beats Cache Valley, then there is a three way tie for first place between Park City, Brighton and Jordan. In head-to-head, Park City beat Brighton but would have lost to Jordan. Brighton would have beaten Jordan but lost to Park City and Jordan would have lost to Brighton but beat Park City. I believe the third tiebreaker is goals allowed in conference games. A brief glance shows that it would be Park City (unless Jordan scores 8 or more), Brighton then Jordan which is the same result as if Park City wins, so the North is 99.99% set. The only way this changes is if Jordan scores more then 8 goals against Park City. No team has scored more then 5 on the Miners this season.

South – The teams are set. The Alta win over American Fork yesterday secured the No. 1 seed. American Fork went to No. 2. Riverton and Juan Diego are No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

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The playoff picture is becoming clearer with just a few days left in the regular season. Be sure to check out the playoff pages with updated standings.

– Boys, JV | Park City 18, Syracuse 1 (User Submitted)
The Park City JV team hosted Syracuse JV Wednesday evening and ran away with a 18-1 victory. The Park City team has saved their best lacrosse for the end of the season as they moved their record to 10-2-1 with 1 final game to play. 11 different players recorded points on the day as the team played unselfish lacrosse registering 13 assists on 18 goals: Alec Olsen (3g 2a), Kyle Walterson (2g 3a), Levi Pompoco (5a), Matt O’Brien (1g 3a), Will McNamara (3g), Sam Addicott (2g), Jonah Hall (2g), Parker Burnham (2g), Gator Olsen (1g), Jack Root (1g), and Griffen Seifert (1g). Jack Root started the day for PC between the pipes and registered 3 saves on 3 shots. Billy Honey made 4 saves on 5 shots. Several Freshman/Sophomore players were brought up for the game for their first real JV experience and played extremely well. Ashton Todd, Nate Hopgood, Avery Isreal, and Terren Nichols stood out on the field showing what they worked so hard for all season.

Tim Haslam

For Immediate Release – Westminster Lacrosse

Westminster Griffins LacrosseSALT LAKE CITY – The sixth-ranked Westminster men’s lacrosse team will look to win its first Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference Division I Tournament title this weekend at Kittredge Field in Boulder, Colo. Westminster, the RMLC regular season champion, is the No. 1-seed in the four-team field. They open the tournament in Friday’s semifinals at 7 p.m. (MT) against fourth-seeded Brigham Young.

The championship game is slated for Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with the winner of the Westminster versus BYU game playing the winner between No. 2-seed Colorado and No. 3-seed Colorado State.

Every game of the tournament will be broadcast live online by MTSport.TV. The cost is $10 per day or $20 for both days. You can get a $5 discount for the two-day package by using the coupon code: earlybird2015 when you purchase the package by Thursday.

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– Bryson Taylor (Brighton) committed to Ohio Wesleyan. Read about his journey here.

– Boys: Pleasant Grove beat Lone Peak, 16-10. Read the recap of the game.

– Boys, JV | American Fork 8, Spanish Fork 7 (User Submitted)
American Fork JV Boys played Spanish Fork JV yesterday in Spanish Fork.  Jon Squire earns the first point of the game for AF.  Spanish Fork fires back the next 4 points in this game.  A nice save by AF’s goalie Pudge Bellistion is followed by a by two more points for AF by Taylor Mason and Casey Olsen.  AF steals the ball and Jacob McNall scores again assisted by Kade Whatcott.  Another score by Nolan Baird for AF is followed by a point for SF which ties up the game for a halftime score of AF 5, SF 5.  The first point in the second half is scored by AF’s Brandon Ledkins followed by a point for SF.  AF makes another amazing interception and point scored by Nolan Baird and one more final goal for AF is made by Kate Whatcott.  SF scores the last point of the game for a final score of AF 8 and SF 7.  Both teams played well resulting in an exciting game.

– Girls, Varsity | Copper Hills 18, Timpanogos 3 (User Submitted by Margaret Jackson)
Leading Scorers: Shelby Snyder #14 – 3 goals and Kiara Montoya #7 – 3 goals
Draws: Out of a total of 23 draws, Copper Hills Grizzlies won 16.
The Grizzlies are on a Mission and they are very much on fire.  They played Timp View on their home turf.  The score at half-time was 2-8 for the Grizzlies, with a final score of 3-18.  The two top scorers were Shelby Snyder #14 with 3 goals, and Kiara Montoya #7 with 3 goals.   There were 11 players that scored throughout the game. Way to go Copper Hills, this is their 3rd game of 5 in the 10 days.  Keep up the good work.

Tim Haslam
Phil Dobson, Chris Bocklet, Ken Clausen

Phil Dobson, Chris Bocklet, Ken Clausen

Last Sunday was the Legends of Lacrosse event at Eccles Field House at the University of Utah. The coaches were Chris Bocklet, Denver Outlaw, MLL All Star and 2013 MLL Leading Scorer; Ken Clausen, 4X All American at Virginia and MLL Denver Outlaw (2014 MLL Champions); and Phil Dobson, NCAA D1 National Champion – Loyola. About 90 kids attended from all over Utah and even a few from Idaho.

In Utah’s only Lacrosse Skills Challenge, here were the results:
Goalie War
MS Division:
1. Connor Hollison – Park City
2. Leon McGuire – Juan Diego

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