Lone Peak girls lacrosse win in quarterfinals highlights playoff action
The Lone Peak girls lacrosse team has been impressive throughout the 2023 campaign.
Other than being handily defeated by 5A top-seed Olympus early in the year and coming up short in a close game against Bingham to end the regular season, the Knights have won every other game.
But now it is time to play the games that count and Lone Peak, the No. 2 seed in the 6A tournament, knew it wasn’t going to be easy against No. 7 seed Fremont in Saturday’s quarterfinals in Highland.
Thanks to key plays from Eliza Agate on the draw and Ellie Fuller in goal, the Knights got the job done. They earned the solid 16-7 win over the Silverwolves to advance to the semifinals.
The Lone Peak win set up another battle with the Miners, who are the No. 6 seed. Bingham edged the Knights, 15-13, on May 11.
The two teams will play at Westminster College in Salt Lake City on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with a spot in the 6A championship on the line.
The other school who had a great day on Saturday was Wasatch.
In the 5A girls lacrosse playoffs, the No. 7 seed Wasps stunned previously undefeated No. 2 seed Lehi, 8-6, to reach the semifinals in their classification.
Alexis Atkins put in four goals for the Pioneers, but the defensive effort by Wasatch’s Anna Luster, Eliza Smedley and Kate Lewis kept the underdogs in position to get the upset.
The Wasps earned the chance to face No. 3 seed Park City in the 5A semifinals, which take place at Westminster College in Salt Lake City at 7 p.m.
In addition to that success, the Wasatch boys soccer team also got a big quarterfinal win.
The top-seeded Wasps stormed past No. 8 seed Salem Hills, 3-0, to get back to the semifinals.
Wasatch will take on No. 12 seed Skyline at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman on Tuesday at noon with the goal of reaching Thursday’s 5A title game.
While the Knights and the Wasps enjoyed tremendous success, things didn’t go as well for the other Utah Valley teams who were competing in their respective quarterfinals on Saturday.
In other 5A girls lacrosse action, No. 5 seed Maple Mountain couldn’t quite get past No. 4 seed Brighton, losing 9-7, while No. 1 Olympus rolled past No. 9 Provo, 20-7, and No. 3 Park City had no trouble beating No. 11 Payson, 22-1.
The boys lacrosse teams also had a tough day in both the 5A and 6A classifications.
The 5A teams knew they needed to be at their best to have a shot but No. 9 Maple Mountain couldn’t stay with top-seeded Olympus and lost, 13-5, while No. 4 Northridge had just enough firepower to get past No. 5 Wasatch, 9-6.
In Class 6A, No. 4 Westlake was edged out by No. 5 Farmington, 12-10, while No. 7 American Fork came up just short against No. 2 Fremont, 12-9, and No. 1 Corner Canyon handled No. 8 Lone Peak, 16-7.
State playoff action shifts to the baseball diamond on Monday as teams will take the field in the first game of the double-elimination bracket play portion of the 5A and 6A tournaments.
Here are the scheduled matchups:
6A State Tournament bracket play at UVU
No. 1 Skyridge vs. No. 8 Pleasant Grove, 11 a.m.
No. 15 Westlake at No. 7 American Fork, 4:30 p.m.
5A State Tournament bracket play at BYU
No. 4 Lehi vs. No. 5 Viewmont, 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Timpanogos vs. No. 7 Orem, 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Salem Hills vs. No. 6 Jordan, 7 p.m.