2023 Girls Rule Changes, Preseason Coach's Poll and Women's College Recap
The Spring 2023 rules have been announced! Women's college games in Colorado. 2023 Coach's Poll
This week flew by! We hope everyone had a great turnout at this year’s tryouts. We’re all excited to see how this season will pan out. I want to spend a moment and thank Bryan Brown for his amazing work with editing and posting for the girls newsletters. With the rapid growth we decided to start posting boys and girls lacrosse separately. This will be my first time publishing, so bear with me. I will be posting the girls articles on Monday mornings for everyone to catch up on before the week begins. You may see special features or possibly a second newsletter here and there. Let the journey began!!
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2023 UHAA Girls Coaches Poll Preseason
No.1 Park City - They have held their spot year after year. Starting out the season on top. Players to watch: Sr. Lilly Hint, So. Gretchen Lane, and Sr. Ava Kimche.
No. 2 Olympus - 5A 2022 State Champions take the second seat behind Park City. Players to watch: Jr. Hazel Baker, Sr. Eva Thorn, Jr. Hannah Nelson, So. Sara Anne and Sr. Hope Ward.
No. 3 Mountain Ridge - The 6A 2022 State Champions are coming back with a swinging. Players to watch: Jr. Emmery Clark, Sr. Tessa Mortensen, Sr. Aubrie Shaw and Sr. Analise Anderson.
No. 4 Lone Peak - This one doesn’t surprise most of us. Coach Wes has this team rained in for a great season. Players to watch: Sr. Maddie Potvin, Sr. Corinne Jones, So. Eliza Agate, So. Lily Brown, Sr. Ellie Fuller and Sr. Camryn Mccune.
No. 5 Riverton - No surprise here, with them having one of the highest scoring offense in 2022. Players to watch: Sr. Isabel Milner, So. Emma Pennington, Jr. Bella Butterfield, Sr. Grace Degreef and Sr. Madison Sorensen.
No. 6 Brighton - 5A Semi-Finalist is ready to come back for a fighting season. Players to watch: Sr. Hannah Bangerter, Jr. Isabelle Gurley, Sr. Sarah Hart and Lauren Ellis.
No. 7 Corner Canyon - Coach Kenning leads his team into another great season with starting in the top 10 two years in a row. Players to watch: Sr. Marlarie Story, Sr. Hannah Berente, Sr. Kenzie Zimmerman and Sr. Allison Reading.
No. 8 Skyridge - 6A Runner Up. With the Buechner girl(s) at the helm of this team we found them in a strong holding all 2022 season in the top 10 teams. Players to watch: Sr. Haven Buechner and Jr. Eliza White.
No. 9 Herriman - The 2019 State Champions find themselves on the top 10 board once more. Players to watch: Sr. Morgan Eldredge, Sr. Kelsie Lambert, Jr. Shelby Ulibarri and Jr. Atiana Lucero.
No. 10 Bear River - 4A State Champions find themself on the bottom of the top 10 but none the less they made their mark. Players to watch: Sr. Marley Kierstead, Sr. Jenna LaCroix, Sr. Bentley Lomier, Jr. Makenzie Mickelsen, So. Shelby Wilkinson and Jr. Haylee Howard.
University of Utah Women’s Lacrosse: WCLA D1, RMWILL No. 1
Let’s catch everyone up on the Lady Utes. February 18th Utes hosted Utah State at their home turf. Utes were challenged by the Aggies throughout the 4 quarter game. With the strength of Utah's draw control, shutdown defense and amazing ball movement they defended their turf with a 17-8 win over the Utah State Aggies.
The Utes loaded the bus and hit the road this past weekend (February 24-26) to compete at The University of Colorado Boulder on Friday and Colorado State University on Saturday.
University of Colorado Boulder Recap: To say the least, the Utes showed their smashing teamwork, threatening attack and a wall of defense as they challenged the Lady Buffalos left and right. Utah brought home the dub with the final score 9-8. Utes loaded the bus proud and pumped for their next competition against Colorado State University!
Colorado State University Recap: The Lady Utes fed off their high from their win over University of Colorado Boulder, as they entered their game at Colorado State University. Throughout the 4 quarters the Utes found their groove and sailed high throughout the game. The Utes took their second win of the weekend and came home with smiles on their faces and excitement in their hearts to play at Utah Valley University on March 18th.
Utah State Women’s Lacrosse: WCLA D1
The Aggies have some room for growth after their game against Utah. With the unfortunate loss against the Utes it puts their record as 0-4 for the season thus far. The Lady Aggies have their next upcoming game against Utah Valley University at Utah state University March 4th at 4:30 (recap coming Monday).
Brigham Young University Women’s Lacrosse: WCLA D1
The Cougars took home the big win. BYU and Westminster scrimmaged Friday, February 24 at Westminster. BYU is one of the best teams in the state for women’s club Lacrosse. To bring home the win against NCAA DII Westminster which speaks lengths about this year's Lady Cougars.
Utah Valley University Women’s Lacrosse: WCLA D2
Utah Valley University filled their vans and made their way up to Colorado Springs. The Wolverines played Friday, February 24 against the University of Denver. Saturday, February 25 vs The University of Wyoming, and Southern Utah University. And Sunday, February 26 vs Air Force Academy. They run into the weekend with Jr. Maya Lightfoot leading the team with 10 goals, 6 GB and 14 draw controls. So. Danielle Gallman followed just behind Lightfoot with 7 Goals and 6 GB.
University of Denver Recap: Here's where the Wolverines had their second most competitive game of the season! With selfless play from the Wolverines, they led the team home with the dub of a 10-5 defeat.
Wyoming State Recap: The Wolverines geared up to compete against the Cowboys. They knuckled down and refined their skills as they ripped shots into a 28 - 1 game.
Southern Utah University Recap: The lady Wolverines knocked it out of the park once more with their game vs the NEW Southern Utah University team. UVU defeated SUU 24-3.
Air Force Academy Recap: Wolverines had a long weekend but sure weren’t tired when it came to playing The Air Force Academy. With the wolverines deep bench of talented and fast players they left the third field of the weekend with a 17-5 defeat!
The spring season is rapidly approaching! With every new season come new or altered rules.
Stick Check: Rule 2-4-4a the committee eliminated the requirement for the referees to put pressure on the ball when doing stick checks before the game. This allows for consistency and accuracy across all levels.
Draw: Rule 5-2-5d now states that once the official’s hand has touched the sticks at the draw, players may not step over the restraining line or sub onto the field, even if they do not have enough midfielders on the circle. Whereas before, the rule was if you had less than three players in the midfield you could still send people up to the circle once the official has started the draw procedure, now no one else can enter the midfield, even if you only have 2 players on the circle. This makes it easier for officials to see illegal substitutions.
Self Start: Rule 5-4-1 allows a player that is fouled outside the critical scoring area to self-start within 4 meters of the spot of the foul, rather than “within playing distance” as the wording used to say. This allows for smoother re-starts in the midfield.
Self Start: Rule 5-4-5c states that defensive players that were fouled may now self-start coming out of their defensive end in the critical scoring area, instead of waiting for the whistle. This is exciting because it no longer takes away the advantage by allowing the fouling team to get ahead of the ball for the ride, and makes it so the defense can get a quick start on transitioning the ball down the field. Players seem to want to do this anyway so this rule will come as a relief to high school teams everywhere.
Alt. Possession: Rule 5-5-1f eliminates alternate possession for offsetting fouls when one of the fouls assesses a card. It used to be that alternate possession would come into play even if one foul was just a major foul and the other one was a yellow card. This rule says that now if one of the offsetting fouls issues a card, that card takes precedence over the other foul.
Penalty Administrations: Rule 7-1-2c was modified to allow the goalkeeper to carry the ball into the goal circle after it has been “cleared and played.” The goalie used to have to roll the ball into the crease to be allowed to go back into the crease whereas now once the ball has been cleared, played, and come back to the goalie, they can simply step into the goal circle.
Goal Circle: Rule 10-1y changed the penalty administration for a three-second foul when three seconds is called while the ball is outside the critical scoring area. Instead of going to the spot of the foul now, the penalty will be administered to the 12-meter-fan.