2013 Girls D-I Preview: North Conference
02.27.2013 - By Tim Haslam

The 2012 North Conference was very competitive with North Conference Champions Park City making it to the Championship game. Brighton, Skyline and Olympus took second, third and fourth. In 2013, Murray has folded so this year only six teams will be fighting for playoff position.

Brighton Girls LacrosseBrighton Bengals

2012 Record: 8-5 (5-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Alta in the First Round
2012 Conference: 2nd

Brighton finished their season with an 8-5 record and lost to Alta in the First Round of the playoffs. The Bengals lost 9 seniors including First Team All-State Midfielder Ellie Carpenter and Second Team All-Conference Attacker Kate Speare.

“I don’t think that we will have any player that stands out,” said Brighton Head Coach John Tilley. “I hope that we have a group of players that will go out and do what is expected of them.”

Brighton will begin play on March 5th against Alta.

Cache Valley

2012 Record: 3-8 (1-5)
2012 Playoffs: DNQ
2012 Conference: 7th

Cache Valley looks to improve on their 2012 season record of 3-8. Cache Valley lost 9 seniors from last years squad.

Cache Valley will jump into play on March 6th against Weber.

Judge Girls LacrosseJudge Memorial Bulldogs

2012 Record: 2-9 (1-5)
2012 Playoffs: DNQ
2012 Conference: 5th

The 2013 Judge Bulldogs will attempt to improve on their 2012 record of 2-9 after losing just 3 seniors from last year and will return a lot of starters from last year.

“We played a lot of underclassmen players due to injuries. So this year we will be leaning on the experince they have from it,” said Head Coach Chad Martin.

The Bulldogs will be leaning on the shoulders of Junior Center Liz Lewis and Sophomore standout Molly Betebenner.

“[Liz] suffered and freak injury at Gathering of the Tribes last year and missed the rest of the season. When it was all healed up she joined Mamchi and played all summer. She is an imposing player blessed with height, speed, strength and a passion for the game second to none,” said Martin.

Coach Martin is worried about playing his last three games on the road but believes that the experience his team gained from last year will help lift them through their tough schedule.

Judge will open their season with a game against West on March 4th.

Olympus Girls LacrosseOlympus Titans

2012 Record: 8-5 (4-2)
2012 Playoffs: Lost in First Round to Bingham
2012 Conference: 4th

The 2013 Titans return several great players including Katie Adams, Hanna Thatcher and Katie Nydegger.

“Adams is a great player who came onto the team in 9th grade with no experience but her athleticism has made her a natural,” said Olympus Head Coach Jessica Davies.

The Titans are returning most of their defensive core so that should help keep the ball out of the back of the net.

“We are a young team with only 5 seniors in our entire program,” said Davies. “We are returning quite a few varsity players who had never played before last year. We will be more experienced this year, but will still be growing as a team.  We have an athletic, fast group and their closeness off the field should help them on it.”

The Titans will take on Juan Diego on March 5 to kick of their season.

Park City Girls LacrossePark City Miners

2012 Record: 11-4 (5-1)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Bingham in the Championship game.
2012 Conference: 1st

Park City finished the 2012 season with an 11-4 record and an overtime loss to Bingham in the Championship game. Park City only lost 3 seniors and will look to be very competitive and have repeat the success they enjoyed last season.

Katie Miele returns for her Junior year, hoping to add to her 24 goals from last season. Goalie Ashley Peabody will anchor the defense for the Miners.

The Miners jump into play on March 7th against Alta.

Skyline Girls LacrosseSkyline Eagles

2012 Record: 6-7 (4-2)
2012 Playoffs: Lost to Jordan in the First Round
2012 Conference: 3rd

The Eagles only graduated 3 players last season and have a slew of great players returning to the squad. Goalie Madison Simonich, Miklain Huntsman, Annie Glenn and Zoe Aldous return to the team having gained experience in the summer and fall with their club teams. With 18 seniors on the roster, the Eagles will hope to reach the playoffs and get a chance for the title.

Skyline will begin their season on March 5 against Riverton.

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