Mountain Ridge, Olympus, Bear River crowned state champs in girls lacrosse

In Class 6A, the Sentinels’ goalie came up big in the title tilt

(Chris Samuels | The Salt Lake Tribune) Bear River fans celebrate a goal as the girls lacrosse team plays Juan Diego compete in the 4A state championships in Herriman, Thursday, May 26, 2022.

Herriman • With the state title on the line, the Mountain Ridge Sentinels didn’t have a problem scoring goals.

Sophomore Emmery Clark led the charge early with three goals before halftime. Morgan Mackey had four goals of her own. And Paige Ruina also found the back of the net for Mountain Ridge while also posting some important assists in the game.

While it all came down to Bekah Bargeron in the final 30 seconds of the state championship, the Sentinels came out firing in the first half.

But in an 11-9 win over Skyridge High on Thursday night, the true MVP for the Sentinels was goalie Bekah Bargeron who came in clutch for the state champs when they needed it.

(Sammy Mora | Special to The Tribune) The Mountain Ridge Sentinels' girls lacrosse team celebrates a 6A state championship on Thursday, May 26, 2022.

“I could kiss her feet,” head coach Angie Brescia said after the game. “Skyridge had a ton of the possession. We got worked down on the defensive end. They got tons of shots off and Bekah saved our butts, hands down.”

“All I could think of is we made it this far,” Bargeron said. “I’m not giving up and I just kept my eye on that ball. I didn’t want to stop. And every shot that went in I just said ‘next one’. I wasn’t letting state go, I’ve worked too hard to get here.”

Even before crunchtime, Bargeron was a wall. She kept Skyrdige scoreless for the first 10 minutes of the game.

Eventually, though, Haven Buechner would lead Skyridge with five of the team’s nine goals.

Earlier in the season, Skyridge bested Mountain Ridge and that was something that the Sentinels kept thinking about coming into today’s matchup

“Coming here we all were just like we have to win this one, we know we can,” Bargeron said. “We just have to keep our heads up because during the first game we did not keep our heads up. I think that’s been our struggle, we’ve been having mental issues. Coming into this we just knew we could do this if we keep our mind in it.”

Brescia says that the growth from the team that played Skyridge in the regular season and this one is night and day.

“We have a lot of freshmen on our defensive end and we weren’t quite ready for them. But we’ve been really focusing on building that program and building those individual players and they know how to connect and execute now,” Brescia said.

Both schools are relatively new but for Brescia her seniors mean the most.

“Way to go out with a bang. From when I first joined the program to where they are now they have grown exponentially and just the fact they work so well together on and off the field. They love each other, they cheer each other on and I hope they take that into their futures and continue to have that positive energy because they are gonna rock it,” Brescia said.

In other action, Olympus and Bear River joined Mountain Ridge as state champions that were crowned today.

In Class 5A, Olympus knocked off undefeated Park City by a score of 10-9, ending the Miners’ perfect season. Park City scored over 321 goals this season but finished two shy of bringing home the trophy.

In Class 4A, Bear River beat Juan Diego Catholic by a score of 12-8 in the first game of the day.

State championship action continues Friday at Zions Bank Stadium as the boys’ 4A, 5A and 6A championships will take place.

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