Rebels Take Down Cougars

BYU came into Las Vegas with hopes for an easy win against UNLV, and then momentum heading into their match-up with No. 1 Cal Poly in game two of their road trip. The Rebels had something else in mind taking the Cougars down 8 to 6.

The game started with a face off win by BYU, but tough defense by UNLV. It was scoreless for the first few minutes until Cougar attackman Chris Severson scored the first goal with a nifty behind-the-back. The Rebels didn’t flinch. On the next possession they tied the game. BYU gained possession, and Severson scored again with a low-to-low scorcher that snuck in under the UNLV goalie. The Rebels matched, scoring on their next possession, and sending a strong message. This was not going to be the easy win BYU was hoping for. Both defenses dug in, and the quarter ended in a 2-2 tie.

Mykel Severson

On February 15, 2017 Intermountain Lacrosse (IMLAX) and Greater Utah Lacrosse League (GULL) combined to form one of the largest youth lacrosse leagues in the United States. The combined programs will now service over 4,500 boys and girls (kindergarten through 8th grade) in a region spanning from Northern Utah to Spanish Fork.

The league will be led by a combination of IMLAX and GULL executives including Niki Harding, Collin Madsen, Marty Wescott, and Maddie Ferguson. The group has over 25 years of lacrosse league administrative experience and will be focused on driving innovation, improvement, and continual player / program development.

IMLAX’s motto is ‘Grow the player. Grow the league. Grow the game.’ “This was a timely opportunity for us to bring together our two youth leagues,” noted Wescott (a GULL Founder and new addition to the IMLAX executive team), “and we are excited to implement the best practices from both leagues to deliver the best possible experience to kids of all ages and lacrosse experience levels.”

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For Immediate Release – Utah Lacrosse

The University of Utah Men’s Lacrosse team went 3-0 to open the 2017 season after beating then ranked No. 1 Chapman, Washington and UNLV.

After an eventful offseason, the Utes took to the road to begin their season at the home of the defending MCLA D-I National Champion and current No. 1 ranked team, the Chapman Panthers. Chapman scored two quick goals in what looked to be the beginnings of a long night for the Utes, but the young Utah team didn’t give up and fought back with two goals of its own, tying the game at 2 after the first quarter. The second quarter saw both teams get two more goals in a great game. The third quarter featured 9 total goals with Utah scoring 5 and Chapman, 4. With the score at 10-9 favoring the Utes late in the game, Ian Elson and Gus Colonna notched goals to secure the 12-9 win. 

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It seems there’s never a dull moment in the MCLA season when Utah teams are involved — Week 3 saw a preseason No. 1 and defending champ fall to a Utah team for the second season in a row when the Utes opened the season with an impressive 12-9 victory over Chapman. Utah also beat Washington to start the season 2-0. Utah Valley played Boise State close, but a late run by the Broncos was too much for the Wolverines, who fell to 1-2 on the season. BYU also hosted BSU, but with a very different result; the Cougars rolled early and routed the Broncos to put them at 2-0 on the year. The season only gets busier as we head into week 4, which includes the debut of Weber State and an MCLA D-I top-10 matchup.

Schedule

2/20 – Utah @ UNLV – 1:00pm
While the Rebels defeated the Utes 15-7 last season, they’ll see a very different Utah team this time around. Both of these squads are 2-0 on the season so far–the Rebels kicked off the season with a 15-6 beat-down of UCLA and a 13-12 squeaker over Nevada. The Rebs rely heavily on senior middie Blake Day, who does a little bit of everything, and powerful attackman Quinton Eissler, who each average 5+ ppg. Rebel FOGO Justin Proctor is also pulling a phenomenal 89% of the draws at the center X (compared to Utah’s 40%). This bodes well for UNLV against a Utah squad that’s yielding roughly ten goals a game and saving just over 50%; controlling time of possession and getting lots of shots on cage could keep the Rebels in this one.

Steve Nelson

Utah teams went 2-0 in week 2–Utah State hung on in an exciting matchup to beat Montana by a single goal, 12-11, in Coach Troy Oldham’s Aggie debut,  and Utah Valley found their offense and rolled the Grizzlies, 21-6. The season starts to ramp up in week 3 with a strong Boise State team coming to town and the debut of Brain Holman’s Ute squad; we’ve got four games on the docket.

Schedule

2/16 – Boise State @ Utah Valley – 7:00pm
The Wolverines have split their first two games, a loss to open the season against No. 10 Arizona and a convincing win over MCLA D-II Montana. They’ll have the privilege of welcoming the Boise State Broncos to the 2017 season with their third straight home game, and it looks to be a tough game 3. This BSU squad ended last season with a deceptive 7-7 record, giving ranked opponents BYU, CU, CSU, and Oregon State all they could handle. While the Broncos lose their leading scorer from last season, graduating Adam Smith, they return their next three most dangerous weapons, including sharpshooting midfielder Alex Wilson. BSU also brings back Quinn Mendiola, their main man at the faceoff X. And while they’ll replace their goalie from last season, junior goalie Ian McClure got game experience in roughly half of the Broncos’ contests last season.

Steve Nelson
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In week 1, the No. 10 Arizona Laxcats split their trip to the Beehive State with a 12-2 drubbing at the hands of No. 6 BYU and a bounceback 10-6 victory over Utah Valley. Week 2 gives us another Friday-Saturday lineup as the Montana Grizzlies roll through, taking on both the Utah State Aggies and the Utah Valley Wolverines. The Grizzlies have had a rough handful of seasons after moving up to MCLA D-I, and this season finds them dropping back down to D-II, making their road trip to face two D-I school in USU and UVU more of a warm up for all squads involved.

Schedule

2/10 – Montana @ Utah State – 7:45pm

The Griz had a potent offense last season, with four players averaging over two points per contest, and they return three of those four for the 2017 campaign including leading scorer and Judge alumnus Eric Larson. However, new Aggie head coach Troy Oldham has won a lot of games because of his stellar defensive schemes, so look for this to be the end of the field where the contest is decided–despite the fact that USU is bringing in a new goalie and only two contributing d-poles from last season.

There’ll be a mystery at the center X for both teams, each being without all three faceoff men from last season. The Grizzlies look to have the

Steve Nelson

It’s time, laxfans! After a long offseason that included big changes for the lacrosse landscape in Utah, the season is officially upon us. The season kicks off with two MCLA games this weekend when the No. 10 Arizona Wildcats come to town to take on No. 6 BYU and last year’s surprise contender UVU.

Schedule

2/4 – Arizona @ BYU – 4:00pm

The Laxcats and Cougars took the year off from playing each other last season, but in 2015 played a thriller that ended in a 10-9 BYU victory. There will be some unknowns about an Arizona team that promoted defensive coordinator Spencer Fuqua to head coach after last season. The Laxcats also graduated last year’s starting goalkeeper, three starting longpoles, and lost both of their main faceoff specialists from a year ago. But Arizona does return firepower on the other end of the field, bringing back leading scorer Jerome Rigor at attack and dangerous midfielders Christian Turri and Zach Rodgers.

The Cougars also return their leading scorers in sophomores Chris Severson and Winston Farley and the defense will be anchored by experienced seniors Max Neser, Harrison Wardle, and Devin Needs. But, like the Laxcats, BYU will have new faces in the cage and at the faceoff X. The story of this game should be the battle for possession at the center X and the Cougs’ strong defensive unit against the Wildcat threats at both midfield and attack.

Steve Nelson

You may know Coach Lemons as the current Park City Girls Head Coach, but she also recently coached in her third tournament with the West Coast Starz at the 2017 Sandstorm tournament.

“I just left Sandstorm with a 2019 team that won the elite bracket, and the rest of our teams played in the highest brackets and did really well, ending the tournament with winning records” said Lemons. “My Park City kids who play love it, and it just makes it all the more fun during summer play.”

Last summer, Lemons was coaching the West Division at the Under Armour games in Baltimore. She met the directors of WCS and they immediately connected.

Tim Haslam