Utah lacrosse team impressive at nationals — photos added

Utah/Idaho women's team

The Utah/Idaho women's team placed second at nationals.

Women's Division National Tournament logo

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Utah lacrosse had a breakthrough result last month, as the state women’s team placed second in the Iroquiois Division of Women’s Division National Tournament.
The Utah/Idaho team (three players hail from Idaho) swept through all four game of pool play. The team advanced to the championship game where it faced a newly-formed New Hampshire/Vermont team, that probably would have been put in a higher division had tournament organizers seen them play before, said Utah/Idaho head coach Jessica Davies.
“(Without New Hampshire/Vermont) I think we could have taken the whole bracket,” she said.
New Hampshire/Vermont won the championship game, 14-6, but the four victories at nationals is two more than any women’s team had done in the past. Because lacrosse is still new to Utah, the team was put in the lower Iroquiois Division, but this year’s result will likely move them to a higher level in next year’s tournament, also on Long Island.
The tournament is a good showcase for college recruiters. There are others, but “this is the tournament,” Davies said.
She said quite a few players are being recruited (Davies recently got a call from the Northwestern coach) especially Olympus’ Sophie Janes and Bingham’s Morgan Judd.

Scores:
Pool play

Utah/Idaho 16, South Carolina 4
Utah/Idaho 11, Oregon 8
Utah/Idaho 14, Kentucky/Indiana 8
Utah/Idaho 14, Northern California (No. 2) 9
Championship
New Hampshire/Vermont (No. 2) 14, Utah/Idaho 6

Complete results

Utah/Idaho roster
Head Coach – Jessica Davies
Assistant Coach – Danielle Callister

Molly Arnold
Ellie Carpenter
Haysun Choi
Katherine Coleman
Hayley Erickson
Anna Ferreira
Annie Glenn
Sophie Janes
Morgan Judd
Danielle Lecher
Samantha Meyer
Sasha McKeee
Kendra Novak
Kaitlin Peterson
Madison Simonich
Carly Steadman
Malia Stephens

Alternates:
Madeline Haynes
Markie Wright

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