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Timpanogos moves past Timpview in 5A girls lacrosse tournament

By Darnell Dickson - | May 17, 2022
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Amelia Yarro of Timpanogos (4) takes a shot against Timpview in a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Timpanogos goalie Quincy Haslam (center) leads her team in a cheer before the start of a Class 5A state tournament game against Timpview on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Timpview's Nicole Glasgow (38) is defended by Kassia Khountham of Timpanogos during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Amanda McDonald of Timpanogos (left) carries the ball into the scoring area against Timpview during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Hailey Peterson of Timpanogos (6) joins her teammates to celebrate their Class 5A first round state tournament win against Timpview on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Timpview goalie Kate Sybrowsky (right) challenges a shot by Eleanor Haslam during a Class 5A state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Amelia Yarro of Timpanogos (4) and Timpview's Aubrie Patching fight for a loose ball during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Amelia Yarro of Timpanogos (4) looks to pass the ball against the defense of Timpview's Taylor Knight during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Camilla Senior of Timpanogos (2) carries the ball against Timpview in a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Timpview's Aubrie Patching (14) and Amanda McDonald of Timpanogos get ready for the draw during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
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Timpview's Mollie Blum (18) defends against Lucy Jolley of Timpanogos during a Class 5A first round state tournament game on Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

In order to find its own success, the Timpanogos girls lacrosse team has borrowed a little bit from the soccer program.

The Timberwolves have been one of the state’s top soccer programs, winning four state championships since 2009. When Megan Casper was charged with building a girls lacrosse program she recruited from soccer.

One of those soccer converts, Amanda McDonald, scored five times in Tuesday’s Class 5A first round state tournament game against Timpview, leading the No. 15 seed T-Wolves to a 15-7 victory.

“I thought lacrosse would be a fun second sport to play,” McDonald said. “I’d never tried it before. We just decided to try it two years ago and we loved it.”

Timpanogos had already beaten Timpview twice during Region 8 play and Casper warned her players that the T-Birds had gotten better. After the home team took a 9-3 halftime lead, Timpview rallied early in the second half to close to 9-5 after back-to-back goals by Lauren Robertson.

“The first time we played them it was 10-0 and the second time it was 7-1,” Casper said. “This one was even better. I like the evenness in our league. I think we were able to cut off their transitions a little bit more and get the draw control. So that was a huge one for us.”

Timpanogos started to win the draw and possession, outscoring Timpview 6-2 the rest of the way to take control.

“I think we just really needed to focus on getting down on the ground balls and winning off of the draw,” McDonald said. “When we win off the draw we get momentum. We settle down and start passing better.”

Timpview scored first on a goal by Chloe McCullough, but Timpanogos scored the next eight, with Amelia Yarro netting three goals and McDonald and Eleanor Haslam adding two each, for an 8-1 advantage with 8:18 to play in the first half. It was 9-2 when Zoe Holdaway scored for Timpanogos at the 5:54 mark but Aubrie Patching responded for Timpview a minute later to make the score 9-3.

A backhand shot from Timpview’s Mollie Blum got the visitors to within four at 10-6 with 18:26 to play but Timpanogos dominated from there. McDonald scored three goals and Brenna Bronson capped off the scoring for the T-Wolves with a goal off a nice pass from Haslam in the final minute.

“We are very quick when we get the ball,” McDonald said. “Our midfield has a lot of speed. If we can settle the ball and get it we can run it in and use our speed to get behind the defense.”

Casper said she thinks the program is still experiencing a lot of growth.

“I think this is the best team we’ve ever had,” Casper said. “We have a lot of experienced girls this year whereas last year, we had a lot of first years. We have a lot of soccer girls, so they’re already athletic. I think we just try to create a fun atmosphere so they all tell their friends and then everybody comes back.”

Robertson scored three goals to lead No. 18 Timpview (5-11).

Timpanogos (9-8) has a big challenge ahead in the second round with a road trip on Thursday to No. 2 Brighton (13-3).

“We’re excited,” Casper said. “We’ll have a fun practice tomorrow. That’s a tough game, but we’re ready to show up.”

McDonald said she and her teammates will be ready.

” I think we got it,” she said. “We just have to play hard and not be in our heads.”

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