PC JUNIOR GIRLS WIN 2010
US LACROSSE/UTAH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Park City Junior Lacrosse Girls Team (7th/8th grade), following in the footsteps of the successful high school Varsity and JV girl’s lacrosse teams, wrapped up an undefeated season by beating Riverton in the Utah Lacrosse Association junior state championship. Head Coach Mike Acee (former UNC player), led the team to a 11-3 championship win over Riverton, who themselves had not lost a regular season game in 3 years. The PC girls had also gone undefeated at a pre-season tournament and then decisively won all 10 regular season games before making the playoffs.
The team’s outstanding performance throughout the year was a combination of great teamwork and leadership. The team racked up a staggering 189 goals over 12 games, yet gave up only 42 goals. The powerful offensive was led by team captain and center, Danielle Lecher, who led the team with 71 goals and Blair Sisk, captain and offensive wing, who followed with 49 goals. Other goals were scored by: Hannah Hyatt (attack) – 20 goals; McKenna Tychsen (offensive wing) – 16 goals; Mina Berglund (attack) – 10 goals; Abby Briscoe (attack)-7 goals, Maime Graham(attack) – 6 goals; Ellie Meyer (defensive wing), Carlin O’Connell (attack) – 4 goals each, Megan Lee (defense)- 2 goals.
The team’s stifling defense was led by Goalie Jaymee Hoffman who only allowed her opponents a stingy 42 goals all season while posting 49 saves. Hoffman’s confidence as goalie was shown by her quick stick protecting the net and a keen ability to recover loose balls around the crease area. Backing up Hoffman was an aggressive Park City defense dominated by Georgia Guyer, Grace Kilbourn, Cameron Perry, Megan Lee, and Ellie Meyer, who made it difficult for any team to have a shot on goal. Jennifer Librizzi, Jessie Smith, and Maddy Meza had a successful season playing offense and defense.
Lecher, playing center, demonstrated her strength by controlling the draws, and her activity on offense and defense, with numerous interceptions and positive turnovers, created a dominating force on the field. Sisk’s lightning speed and aggressive play outmatched her offensive and defensive opponents season long. Great field vision by Hyatt and Tychsen ignited a vaunted transition game. Graham, Berglund and Briscoe delivered accurate passing around the net, while O’Connell’s constant control behind the net area set up many successful shots on goal.
On defense great communication helped to prevent defensive breakdowns from occurring. The double defensive teaming by Guyer, Meyer and Perry shut down most offensive strikes. Kilbourn and Lee’s showed their ability to read the opponent’s attack and intercepted passes at every game. Lee’s close work with goalie resulted in successful clears and her quick, long passes moved the ball into the offensive zone. Librizzi, Meza and Smith, playing mid-field defense, slowed down the ball and caused many positive turnovers.
The growth and the success of the Park City Youth Lacrosse Program is evident in the number of junior and thunder girl’s teams and their strong results this season.