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Welcome to the 2018 girls high school season and its march towards May. Some teams have already had some time to gel and coaches have been able to see through competition what their teams need to do to improve. Without a doubt 2018 will give the great state of Utah some outstanding games of girls lacrosse, as well as some outstanding plays and highlights. So let’s start with these major early season match-ups and take a look at a few week one games I think will have an effect on each team’s season as they move forward in 2018.
March 7th: Alta @ Park City
These two teams will look to test each other early this season. The Hawks are coached by Josh Sullivan will look to jump start his team with a win against the Park City Miners. Alta seems to have great season after great season and have had some memorable games along the way. With this game they’re looking to get back to their old ways fast by mixing it up with perennial favorite Park City. But coach Zach Sadoff and his squad will be hard pressed to give up any home field losses, or any losses for that matter. The Miners will no doubt be looking at this game to help prepare them for the challenges to come as they face a very arduous schedule in 2018.
March 7th: Herriman @ Olympus
The Mustangs and Titans will be trying to impose their wills on each other as both teams look to have the ability to score points this season in bunches. Oly will be depending on the dynamic play of a strong midfield and a stout D to hold at bay what looks to be the one of the state’s top scoring lineups. The Mustangs will be a handful all spring with whoever they play. A solid showing for both teams is needed. Both teams had double digit wins last year and a win in this game will go a long way when things are tallied up at seasons end. These two teams will be looking at this game as a way to make their mark early. Fun fact: Herriman and Olympus have only played twice in league play with each team winning once.
March 8th: Juan Diego @ Brighton
Brighton will hope home field advantage can give them what they need to win this early season matchup. Both teams should be competitive all season and both have a rich tradition of lacrosse. Coach Sage Johnson is in her third year at the helm and will look to keep the Juan Diego team moving in the right direction. After averaging almost 10 goals a game last year the Soaring Eagle will again try to keep teams of balance with a powerful attack. Coach Melissa Nash and her group hope to make an impact and be in title contention after last years 8-6 season. The Bengals are not used to being so close to .500 and will try to show some teeth this year against its divisional foe in this early season showdown.
March 7th: Timpanogos @ Lone Peak
This is a rematch of last season’s opener for Timpanogos. They will be playing for a different outcome than the 17-0 drubbing they where handed by Lone Peak last year. It will be a tough task as coach Kendra Robinson will have some weapons this year that will make any team think twice about trying to run with the the ladies of Lone Peak. Timpanogos will be trying to turn the corner and write a different story than the last one. The Timberwolves will hope to keep things interesting and try to sneak out a victory in front of a home crowd and propel them into this years campaign. And they’re going to need to move quick in a tough division. Early on it looks like Region 5 will be well represented this postseason.
March 6th: Woods Cross @ Bingham
Two more teams with great lacrosse tradition. While both teams finished last year in the middle of the pack, both did so while showing that they can hang with the big girls. Last year the Lady Miners of Bingham played a brutal end of season schedule showing some growing talent, fighting tooth and nail in some close losses. That is something for them to build on. Woods Cross had a 9-6 record last year has coach Dana Fisher excited about this year’s Wildcats bunch. Her team was very competitive last year and this year’s team hopes to rise up and take those close games that eluded them last season. Both teams have a lot to prove to themselves and to the rest of the league as they look to climb back up to the top of the pack.
March 6th: Box Elder @ Roy
One of the new teams moving onto the varsity scene and looking to make a splash will be the ladies of Box Elder. Box Elder will have some growing pains no doubt. These Bees did have some success on the JV level before making the jump up. But the Royals are looking for success of their own. They look to get to the top of their division without hesitating to hand an L to the new kids on the block. Roy is going be a tough team to open against and we’ll see if the Bees will sting or be stung. One thing is for sure, both teams will feel the pressure in this one as both teams could use this game as a building block for future success in 2018.
March 8th: Ridgeline @ West Jordan
Ridgeline is new to the league this year as well, but they are primed to come out full force. With some luck and a favorable schedule the Riverhawks could be in for a fun and exciting first year. And while that sounds great for the Riverhawks, West Jordan would like nothing more than a big W for their program to start the season off right. The Jaguars on the other hand have one of the tougher schedules in the league this year and they could use an early season victory over upstart Ridgeline to get the ball rolling. Both teams will need to be on their toes in this game. And both should look to take advantage of the others mistakes and early season jitters. This will be a game for the winning team to remember either way.
Good luck! Better yet, good health to all you ladies out there making your way though this season.
If you have girls lacrosse news I’m all ears. Please feel free to contact me with anything you think the community needs to hear about your team, player, coach or anyone involved with girls lacrosse in and from Utah. I’m going to try to have weekly highlights and news for the girls game every Thursday so any submissions you want to see please have to me by midnight Wednesday. Thanks, and game on. — Chad Martin