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There are times when lacrosse can become more than just a game. It can be a unifying activity that brings teams, families, and friends together. That was the setting tonight as the West Jordan Jaguars hosted a new Ridgeline Riverhawks team in their debut season.
West Jordan player, Lindsey Haynes, passed away from an unexpected illness last fall. As a show of unity, teams in the Utah Girls Lacrosse League have been holding a moment of silence before each game during the first week of the season in memory of Lindsey and Maddie Keller, a Copper Hills player who also passed away last fall.
After warmups, captain’s meetings, and stick checks, both teams gathered together on the fan side of the field to circle around Haynes’ parents, Mike and Christine Haynes, in a show of support that won’t be forgotten. The league presented the Haynes with a traditional wooden lacrosse stick with, “In loving memory of Lindsey Haynes,” engraved in the handle of the stick. Tied to the head of the stick were strings representing of the school colors of each team in the league. Next, in a show of true sportsmanship, the Ridgeline captains presented the Haynes with a bouquet of flowers as well as blue and white balloons, the West Jordan school colors. Ridgeline players also wore blue and white ribbons tied to their jerseys. West Jordan had patches on their jerseys in memory of Haynes and wore ribbons in their hair with Haynes jersey number written on them.
After a moment of silence, the Haynes family graciously thanked both teams for their love and support and were met with hugs and tears from Lindsay’s former teammates.
Before taking the field, Mike Haynes thanked Lindsey’s former teammates and encouraged the West Jordan players to play hard and win the game.
Being on an emotional high, West Jordan played a game to be remembered. The Jaguars showered Ridgeline with draw controls, relentless defense and quality shots. West Jordan took a 12-0 lead going into half time. The second half started the same as the first as West Jordan scored the next 3 goals to take a 15-0 lead. Ridgeline got on the board when Belle Quiggle scored the first ever goal for the first year Ridgeline team.
The final score was West Jordan 21, Ridgeline 2. West Jordan was led by Aspen Hunter who had 5 goals and 2 assists. Cortney Middleton, and Hailey Brown also had 5 goals apiece. Camille Henderson scored 3 goals, Kinlee Bodell had 2 goals, and Hannah Balle had a goal and 2 assists. West Jordan Goalie Emma Gines saved her only shot. Goalie Makayla Geiger saved 2 of her 4 shots on goal to give West Jordan a combined 60% save percentage.
Belle Quiggle and Cora Martinez scored the lone goals for Ridgeline. Ridgeline’s first year goalie played admirably with 12 saves on 33 shots on goal for a 36% save percentage.
West Jordan will play next on Thursday March 15th at Timpanogos. Ridgeline travels to Pleasant Grove on Friday March 16th for their next matchup.