The Viewmont Vikings traveled to Colorado Springs over Labor Day weekend to compete in the 2012 Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Cup tournament. The Viking’s team included 6 varsity starters from last year’s undefeated, region championship and state runner up team, 6 JV players and 4 junior league players.
“It was tough trying to mix all the players because the JV players didn’t have much contact with the varsity girls and the junior league girls were all brand new to me and the rest of the team. We were all from different teams basically,” said Viewmont Head Coach Kendra Francis.
Viewmont played four teams, Northern Lights, District 11, Kadets (last year’s Colorado state champions), and Mavettes, all of which are from Colorado. Viewmont lost three of the four games, one of which was to District 11 by a score of 8-9. The tournament wasn’t all about the outcome of the games, according to Francis, “Sure we wanted to win but my main focus was getting everyone used to each other and accustomed to my coaching style. I really wanted to see how the newer girls did when they were forced to play at a higher level and I was very happy with how they performed.”
“The tournament games were different than what we are used to playing in,” said Francis. The games were played with two twenty minute halves with a running clock. Each team was given only one time out per game. There was very little rest time for the players having to play back to back games. The tournament is sponsored by STX and they gave out a free stick to each team that participated in the tournament. Viewmont wasn’t the only Utah team there, Brighton and Park City both represented Utah in the junior divisions.