The No. 6 Colorado Buffaloes and the No. 13 Colorado State Rams came to town this weekend to take on No. 2 BYU, No. 19 Westminster and Utah. The Griffins were the big winners of the weekend, capturing a 16-15 win over Colorado on Thursday and a 14-11 win over Colorado State on Sunday.
The East Leopards (8-6) boys team went 2-0 on the week with wins over Syracuse (8-6) and Riverton (7-6). Jacob Parkin had four goals to led the Leopards against Syracuse.
Copper Hills beat Bonneville on Tuesday, 13-8.
Also on Tuesday, Sky View maintained its Cache Valley dominance with an 18-2 win over Mountain Crest.
On Wednesday, Brighton dominated Juan Diego in a top five matchup, walking away with a 16-7 win.
The Cache Valley girls had a great week, beating rival Sky View, 8-7, on Wednesday, then nabbing an 11-10 win over Olympus in overtime on Friday.
A look ahead
Each game is starting to mean a little bit more with the playoffs rapidly approaching. The action will begin on Monday with Bingham hosting Brighton. The Bengals hope to spoil the Miners football stadium game and remain undefeated.
Also on Monday, Bountiful will host Viewmont in a classic rivalry. This year will be unique since each team is struggling, but you can be sure the players will leave all they have on the field for Bountiful bragging rights. The Vikings haven't beaten their neighbors to the south since 2011.
On Tuesday, Timpview (10-0) will put its undefeated streak on the line when it hosts American Fork (5-6). The Cavemen will be the toughest test for the Thunderbirds this season.
One of my favorite rivalries, the battle of the large cats, pits the West Jordan Jaguars and West Panthers head-to-head. The Jaguars have won the last three matchups.
The game of the week will be on Friday with Brighton hosting Skyline. This could very well be a semifinal matchup with the way these two teams are playing.
For the girls, key games include Woods Cross at Roy on Monday, American Fork at Herriman and Alta at Bingham on Tuesday and American Fork at Juan Diego on Thursday.
In the college ranks, Utah State will host Utah on Wednesday at Maverik Stadium. The Utes are 8-0 against Utah State in the modern era but have struggled to find wins this season. This could be one of the best chapters in this rivalry. On Saturday, Westminster will host BYU, which has blossomed into a great in-state rivlary despite the Cougars having never lost to the Griffins in five tries. Each year the margin of victory has decreased for the Cougars: 16 (2010), 13 (2011), 8 (2012), 5 (2013) and 3 (2014). Before last weekend, BYU would be the favorite, but the Cougars lost to two teams Westminster beat.
High school top 3
1. Park City Miners (12-1) — The Miners moved to No. 1 in the polls this week for the first time this season. The Miners beat Davis on Wednesday, 17-3, fell to Coronado, Nevada, on Saturday, 9-8, and beat Palo Verde, Nevada, on Sunday, 18-8.
2. Corner Canyon Chargers (12-1) — The Chargers moved to No. 2 after spending five weeks at No. 1 in the polls. Corner Canyon spent the first half of its spring break in Oregon, taking on West Linn, Lakeridge and Lincoln. The Chargers were victorius in all three games, showing once again why they are a top team not only in Utah, but the West.
3. Brighton Bengals (9-0) — The Bengals have remained at the No. 3 spot for the sixth consecutive week. The Bengals' lone game this week was a 16-7 win over Juan Diego.
Girls — Division I
1. Park City Miners (8-0) — The Miners were off this week but will face Cache Valley on Thursday.
2. Brighton Bengals (6-0) — The Bengals were also off this week and will head to Judge on Thursday for a North Conference showdown.
3. Riverton Silverwovles (4-2) — The Silverwolves faced Herriman on Thursday and walked away with a 9-6 win, putting them in a good spot to compete for the South Conference championship.
Girls — Division II
1. Viewmont Vikings (5-4) — The Vikings were upset by Roy on Thursday, which could change their ranking when the polls are released on Tuesday.
2. Woods Cross Wildcats (5-1) — The Wildcats are on a roll with their only loss coming to D-I Riverton. The Wildcats have a key North Conference showdown on Monday with Roy.
3. Copper Hills Grizzlies (7-0) — The Grizzlies are quickly becoming one of the favorites to win the Girls D-II championship. The Copper Hills defense is only giving up 3.4 goals per game.
Tim Haslam is the editor in chief of Utah Lacrosse News, a local website dedicated to the sport of lacrosse. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter, @utahlaxnews.